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Have you ever had to wait for things to come to pass in your life? Have you ever waited expectantly only to have your hopes dashed or even snatched right out from under you? When that happens, it feels as though nothing will ever possibly go correctly. You want things to happen for you, and you want the good things to outweigh the bad. Sometimes it seems as though the bad far outweighs the good.

Your season of waiting may last days, weeks, or even months or years. Whatever season of waiting you’re in, whether it’s waiting for a job, a new promotion, or for you and your loved ones to be delivered from an illness that might be plaguing your family, God is still present. He is still with you, even in your season of waiting. He knows exactly what you’re going through, even before you’re going through it.

He knows what will happen before it even happens. That thought can scare you a bit though too, can’t it? You might be thinking “if God knows everything about my life, then why can’t he stop bad things from happening to my family or me?” The answer is that even though God knows everything that will happen in your life, is that He helps you choose between right and wrong. He also lets things happen to strengthen your faith.

When you’re in the middle of your season of waiting, it doesn’t mean God has abandoned you, either. He is still very present in your life, even when you don’t feel, or don’t see Him. He has never abandoned you. He never will. Think about it for a moment, are you in a season of waiting? Ask God to reveal His plans for your life during that time.

Some verses that remind you about waiting on God include 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast; it is not proud.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Romans 12:20 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Psalm 37:7-9″Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”
Romans 8:24-30 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
He also gives you free will to make your own choices. He also knows the consequences that some of your choices can bring in your life. He loves you enough to give you free will and to help you choose the right way to go in life. He can help you endure the waiting, and you will then reap the rewards of waiting in your life too. Granted sometimes waiting can be the hardest part of the journey, but once God grants you the things you’ve been waiting for, it makes life all that much sweeter.
God allows you to have seasons of waiting to strengthen your faith. He wants to see whether or not you turn towards Him or away from Him. Ask Him to help you to be grateful even in the midst of your season of waiting. Once everything comes to pass, and even during your season of waiting, you will learn to see God’s glory in ways you never thought possible. Trust God in your season of waiting and see how He touches your life and your heart. When you least expect it, that is when His full glory is shown in life.

the realness of anxiety

Anxiety is real. Anxiety affects so many more people than you’d ever expect. For those who don’t have anxiety, consider yourself very blessed. You might think you know what anxiety is. You might confuse it with what it’s like to be anxious. No.  Anxiety is not that simple.  For those of you who have it, you know that it can come over you in waves and that some days are better than others. Some days it can take control of you and make you feel completely inadequate about doing simple things.

It can make you want to hide away from the world or at least your friends and family, so you don’t burden them with your anxiety. Some days it can cause your body to become tense, no matter how much you want to relax. It can even cause you to get sick from bodily pain.

It can also cause you to lose interest in the things that used to excite you. Even worse, it can scare you out of doing things that anybody should be able to do. It can make you look at yourself in the mirror and question things about your life.

Anxiety can also plague you by making you feel as though you aren’t hungry, even though you know your body needs food and nutrition to function properly. Anxiety also can cause headaches and racing thoughts and even panic attacks from the added stress that it puts on your heart, your mind, and your body. It is emotional, mental and physical and even spiritual torture.

It can cause your mind to race with countless thoughts of “what if’s”, such as “what if I’m not good enough at (name task),”, “what if I’ll never get through this and this anxiety is something I have to deal with for the rest of my life?” “What if the things people think about me are true-what if I’m not good enough to succeed at this career I’m in?” Or it could be something like, “what if I never see one of my friends or loved ones again?” “What if I’m not a good enough driver?” “What if I never find a good enough job?” The list of what if’s could go on for days if you choose to let it.

Some of the other thoughts that might come into your head are, “where is God when I need Him?” “Why isn’t He here or why isn’t He answering me? Where is He in the midst of all this chaos?” “Why can’t I seem to hear His voice or hear what He is telling me?” “Why does He seem so distant? Does He even hear my calls for help?”

The important thing to remember is to pray about and over your anxiety and remember that God is the one in control of your life. He is the one that is helping you get from point A to point B every single day, no matter how you’re feeling. Remember His plans for you are good and far outweigh any anxiety that you might be experiencing in your life. He wouldn’t have brought you this far if He didn’t love you or have a great plan for your life.

When people ask you what’s wrong, you don’t have to feel like a burden to them. You don’t have to be afraid to talk to them about your anxiety, especially if you trust them and know that they genuinely care about you. If they want to be there for you, then by all means, let them be there for you.

Some days all you need is a listening ear, a prayer to be whispered for you and a hug to get you through the day. God placed those people in your life for a reason. You can open up to them without feeling like you’re wasting both your time and theirs by talking about your insecurities.

Open up to God about the way you’re feeling especially on your hard days. God can help you turn away from your fears and focus on Him. When you start to lose confidence in yourself, turn to Him. Tell someone, anyone the way you’re feeling instead of suffering in silence. Your thoughts can have so much power over you, especially with anxiety as a part of your life.

But you are in control of your thoughts too. Use your thoughts and say positive things about yourself like, “I’m more than capable of (insert task here).” I can do things with God’s help. Even though I’m scared, I can and will beat this anxiety. I will not let the anxiety beat me.”

appreciating everything

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to have that sense of peace and security and even hope in their lives and for their future? Do you wonder where it comes from and how you can obtain that feeling of hope? Many people seem to have the security of knowing who holds their future as well.

Not knowing your future is one of the scariest things about this life, but knowing that God holds your future and that he only wants what is best for you as his child, can give you a sense of peace and hope in your heart that you may have never felt before.

Hearing from someone who knows God personally and listening to him or her share his or her own stories of having the hope that God gives can also give a person a new lease on life.  Sharing the gift of salvation, our faith stories and the hope that people can have through knowing God and having Him in their heart, and their lives are the greatest gifts to give.

Hope can be the feeling of knowing that you did something right or feeling peace in your heart from making a difficult decision, as most decisions can be very difficult. Hope can also be the feeling of giving encouragement to someone else who is going through something in his or her life. Everyone has times where storms invade their lives. The important thing to remember is that we can have hope through knowing God and turning to him in times of great abundance, but especially turning to him when any events in our lives trouble us.

Hope can also be found through God by putting your fear aside and trusting that he will work for your good and everyone else’s. God will always give you the hope to persevere through anything in your life; all you have to do is say a simple prayer such as:

“God, I know my life isn’t perfect, but I know you are. I know the day or week isn’t going exactly the way I want it to, but I’m trusting you to do your will in my life. I’m turning my life over to you once again, make me more like you in every way, so I can have the hope that only you can bring, Amen.”

God wants all of his children to have hope in their lives and peace in their hearts. He wants to be able to give us that hope only he can provide. All we have to do is ask and believe in his promises fully, and we can start to feel the hope he instills in us. Hope isn’t the easiest thing to always keep in our hearts through with this life though.

Many times, we may feel hopeless and afraid. When we are feeling hopeless in any given situation is when we need the hope from God the most. You may feel as though you may not know what to do or how to fix a situation or even how to go on in life. But God gently whispers, “My child, I’m here for you, just call on me and be still.”

Don’t ever be ashamed to call on God whenever you need Him. He is there waiting for you to call on Him. He wants to set things and is setting things in motion for your life. He never wants you to give up hope or to lose yourself. He is constantly with you and always there to lend a hand whenever you need to be lifted from the darkness.

He is the hope we all need every second of every day.  Sharing the hope that you have in your heart can literally save someone’s life, not just change his or her perspective on life, so don’t be afraid to tell others about the hope in your life. He is the hope that can live through us, in us and it can help others in a way that we never knew before. Sharing the goodness of hope can ultimately change or save someone’s life. It is up to be the difference makers in this fallen world filled with sin. We must ask for God’s guidance and ask for His help to give us the right words whenever we witness to people.

The hope that can fill our hearts is there for us and the good of everyone else around us. Find joy by witnessing about the hope that you have through Jesus. For many, they long for hope but don’t know how to find it. Share with them how to find the hope that Jesus offers.

 

pray for those who hurt you

When you find out something about someone that you didn’t expect to find out about them, what is your first reaction? Shock, anger, awe, utter denial? All of those feelings are allowed. But the hardest thing to remember in those times is to not confront the person in anger. How, you might ask? It’s not an easy thing to do if your emotions are already running high. All you probably want to do is yell at them, question them and question everything that they’ve ever told you. Is any of it true, or is all of it lies? Why do people do things they do?

The simple answer is we live in a sinful world and sin, unfortunately, lives in us. Before we go attacking someone else for the wrongs they might have done, it is important to pray to God that you can approach them with grace, pose, and a calm demeanor. You don’t like finding stuff out that you never expected, that’s understandable. But you also don’t like it when other people are accusing you about things either. It’s challenging not to accuse them of something when your emotions are running so high. Try asking God for the right words to say to the person at the right time. Ask Him for a calm heart and a calm mind.

Pray about the situation before you just yell at someone and confront them for the things that you think might be going on. It’s very easy to jump to conclusions and the worst-case scenarios, but there could be logical explanations for their behavior too. Pray for them, that they understand your concern and that you’re trying to understand them better and help each other out of the predicament.

Ask them calmly about the things you found out. Try not to accuse them at every turn, but just ask them about the things that bother you.  Ask them if they’ve been honest with you. Do this in person, not over the phone. It’s better to look into their eyes and have them deny something face to face than have them deny something over the phone. Let them know that you’re there with them through this, even if you’re still feeling angry and or shocked.

Let them know that you want to help them through the process of healing and or getting help. Let them know that you’re there with them in the middle of their battles. Sometimes you have to go into their battle zones with them for them to fully realize that they can rely on you and your strength.

Start praying for them and with them. Above all, never stop praying for them and never stop believing that God has heard your prayers. Never give up on them either. Pray that they open up to you about the things that are really going on in their life, or that they open up to a pastor or counselor about what is going on with them. Remind them that it’s better to talk to someone than to keep everything all bottled up inside.

Don’t forget to talk to someone like a counselor, a pastor or a trusted friend especially when things seem to be getting tougher instead of easier. It is often during the darkest days that God might feel the farthest from you and the person you love as well. That is when God shows up and reminds you of just how good He is and how much in control He is. Right when the person you’re helping or trying to help, feels like they’re losing all control over their situation, remind them that God is in control.
If you see them struggling, you don’t always have to bring God into the conversation, either. Some days, all someone wants is support and a listening ear without judgment. That is most of the time the best medicine anyone could ever give to another person who is struggling. Prayer does wonders too. But, just being there for someone even if you don’t know what to say or how to help them all the time, just being there can make a big difference in their day to day life and in their life in general.

Remember, God is with you too, in the middle of the battlefields. Find a scripture that remind you o take the battle to Him and that the battle belongs to the Lord. Give the battles up to Him once you or the person you’re walking with feels too overwhelmed. React with kindness towards the person and do what Jesus would do. Just be there for them in thought, word, and prayer.