His ways are perfect. We need to rest in Him – especially when life gets out of control.
Life is exciting when spent with folks in search of learning from our difficulties. Yep, it can certainly be challenging, even tough, but very rewarding once the “lightbulb” goes on, we can grow through the most demanding of situations.
I am in a great bible study with Proverbs 31 ministries online. Never thought I could get into it since there is no personal – human contact/interaction, but yet as I am on my third study, I am SO loving meeting new ladies; we are stretching each other as we learn – and grow together – and we are from all over the world – meeting through the technological world in one place, at Proverbs 31 . Though we may not be able to physically touch each other – we can still bond – because we understand – we have “been there – done that!”.
Currently we are reading the book Unglued, by Lysa Terkeurst –
The question of the day is – are you a freak out woman? When things seem to blow up – nothing is going right – how do I/you handle the situation?
How many times (MANY!!!) has that “perfect storm” blown in- a little something goes awry, then something bigger happens – and one thing leads to another – a.n.d. — explosion time happens.
Oooo… have I been there much to often. (embarrassingly enough!).
What comes after that – “the cloud of yuck”, the weight of regret. Can we say ouch?
I have felt that – how about you? Do you, like me, wallow in that state of regret? Or come away and seek God’s perspective on how to handle the messiness of life, that inevitably comes.
This learning process – (which is for certain, from the guiding of the Holy Spirit), has taught me – to step away from that curb – when I get to that blow up place – I need to — STEP AWAY ! danger…danger… if I don’t…. it could send me over the edge.
Another thing I have learned is it ok to give ME a time out – get a grip, then come back when I can handle the messy situation with some dignity!
One of Lysa’s comments – which is reflective:
“ can I face things out of control – and not ACT out of control?”
Sometimes “life’s stuff” seems so crazy, and out of control – that we cannot understand how it could at all be possible for God to do a miraculous intervention – but when we don’t react – but get purposeful – He opens (or closes) doors in either very obvious ways – or it might be an answer that comes out of the blue.
The bottom line is to realize one very important point: Whose side AM I ON? Trust Him to do the God thing. It might be something personalized that needs a change up. Maybe it’s surrender. Could be the “other” person might need a “life check”. No matter the situation, let God be God and show you the way to improve, be more patient or understanding.
If you think something is impossible to change in your life – then it will be.
Lysa suggests that we ERASE the word IMPOSSIBLE from our vocabulary.
I think I am going to do just that. When my circumstances are surmounting – and it SEEMS impossible, I am going to REPLACE that with ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE for THOSE who believe and are LIVING IN JESUS!
What is that circumstance in your life that seems too big to deal with, or gives you restless sleepless nights? Is it sickness? A wayward child? A loss of income/job/home? Doesn’t matter what it is – you CAN release any problem, big or small, irritating or seemingly out of your control. God knows. He cares. You have total power – the power to release all issues, every day for the rest of your life – give it to God, let Him give you the wisdom on how to handle these occurrences.
Father God, you are my Abba – Daddy, I trust you in every part of my life. You offer me life, to live to the fullest, and I believe you want me to have an abundant life. I am sorry for the times I lost it, and hurt you, my family, friends or anyone else who was in the way of my wrath. I am understanding how my loosing control hinders me – and hurt others around me. I ask you help me today to learn to control my mind. Teach me to walk away from anything that might hurt me or anyone else. I seek after wisdom, not the worlds wisdom, but your wisdom. Thank you for your grace and mercy. I praise you and thank you with all of my heart, I surrender my life, my mind and my actions to you . in Jesus sweet name. Amen.
By the way – the answer to the first question: I am NOT a freak out woman!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
New International Version (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s.