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Finding Optimism in the midst of a Crisis
Keep Looking Up!
Can one still have an optimistic outlook in spite of?
Finding OPTIMISM in the midst of a CRISIS
Can one still have an optimistic outlook in spite of? It's a fact that our country has been "SHUT DOWN!" through political in congruent dissonance? This was a selfish move with so many things in question! We were in the midst of a horrendous crisis! Our country’s economic status was in a recession? Both large and small corporations closed and are still continuing to close due to the aftermath? Many contracts suddenly cancelled and sending a shocking wave of financial disasters everywhere, restricting a once readily flowing monetary ebb and leaving a mere immediate deficit! Corporations large and small forced to shut down or down size... Many were laid off, vested retirements lost and the unemployment rate continuously climbed? Many legally railroaded out of their homes unjustly... Investments and Stock lost as well as Real Estate values in many areas plummeted. Yes, somewhat now they have begun to slowly rise. But what's a head? Things are not always as they appear! No matter how much you carefully plan ahead, there will always be something!
We constantly live in dread of having a furious hodgepodge of torrential weather conditions such as earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, drought, tsunamis and hurricanes across the land that are upon us? Today we are living in a time that you have to be prepared for just about anything happening at anytime. The ongoing threat of both foreign and domestic terrorism continues to escalate. Global warming and a decline in the quality of our universal environment is increasingly becoming a growing concern.
God is still the same! For example there was an immense apprehension in regards to the rising spreading “Swine Flu” or should I say; the H1N1virus epidemic just a few years ago. The death statistics excessively climbed. In Mexico they even had to close down libraries, schools restaurants and public facilities. Surgical masks were distributed and worn for precautionary measures to help abate its spreading. Here is the announcement that was made.
Public health emergency of international
concern; "It has been declared by the World Health Organization,
fears of a global swine flu epidemic grow worldwide!"
God brought us through that and HE can bring us through this!
There continues to be a plethora of natural disasters and an alarming number of tragic shootings that are happening all throughout the land. Much racial discrimination has once again come to the forefront. Lets not forget about the ongoing racial profiling... Simply using others within their race to spy upon each other. This is causing many to experience an enormous amount of anxiety. It is important to shift your focus. No, I do not mean go into denial. It is very important to be aware what is happening throughout the land, However, one can find relief. Growing closer to the Lord daily is always a viable option. It is in HIM you can discover the true meaning of life. "GOD SEES it ALL!" In Him you can find solace and rest. His Holy Spirit is The Comforter! Did you know that there is nowhere you can go or that there is absolutely nothing happening anywhere in the world that He is not aware of? Try turning to the Lord and know that He is available in every situation
A Measure of FAITH helps…
Can one still have an optimistic outlook in spite of? In spite of all of these quite somber and disquieting concerns it is still possible to have peace, even in the midst of all these alarms. Instead of letting anxiety rule, try getting some spiritual assistance during your crisis moments. Instead of pushing God away try turning to Him! Begin to develop a healthy FAITH. Healthy faith teaches you to focus on God. First know this; how very important it is to develop a trusting, growing relationship with God. He is our Creator and Maker through Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, He spoke everything into existence. Take time and spend some quality time getting to know Him.
The ultimate conversation with The Most High GOD is PRAYER!!!
Think of prayer as the ultimate opportunity to have an intimate conversation with God who already knows how things are going to work out. Since He already knows what’s going on you don’t have to remind Him of all the details unless you want to. You do have to be honest because, He knows that too! God is Omniscient! He knows what has happened and what is going to happen. He knows about everyone and everything past, present and future, which in itself is amazing! You cannot change anything that has already happened. But you can start from wherever you are! The Word tells us that “He is The Author and Finisher of our Faith.” He has given each of us the measure of faith. It is up to us to exercise it. As His children “We live by Faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5 It is so comforting to believe and know He has everything under HIS control!
Although we are in the midst of all of these serious alarms it still is important to take some time to “Praise God” for who He is! In spite of everything that is going on if you just take a few moments, I am sure that there is something that you can personally think of to thank God for? His Word has a plethora of interesting illustrations to demonstrate that in seemingly impossible situations, God stepped in. “Praise God from whom all Blessings flow…”
Here are a few Miracles to Ponder to ENCOURAGE YOU…
Jesus healed the blind, lame and sick and even raised the dead. Lazarus had been in the grave for four (4) days when He called him from death to life! Jesus fed a multitude of five thousand (5,000) plus with just two (2) fish and five (5) loaves of bread. Talk about multiplication! He calmed the tempestuous sea, as a matter of fact He parted the Jordon River for Moses so the children of Israel could walk across, on not wet but dry land. Think about that for a moment! He even feed them while in the desert. He rained “Manna” from heaven! Not only for a few but close to 1,000,000 men, women & children for forty (40) years! Imagine that’s a lot of food coming down! Now, this is really amazing, God allowed “the sun to stay still and stay in the middle of the sky and delayed going down for a full day” (Joshua 10) after Joshua prayed! These are just a few of many many more. God is still the same!
What you dwell on can take you down or UP…
When going through personal grief, sickness, chronic pain, loss, financial hardships, marriage family or relationship difficulties, strenuous job environments, despair, loneliness or anxiety.…. If you need a reminder just look up! That big beautiful sky God spoke into existence is a wondrous daily reminder of just how powerful He is, and it is wherever you go! Embracing harmful attitudes is not good for you. It can result in depression, more anxiety, hopelessness and being too critical. It is good to become conscious of what you lend your time and thoughts to. A good place to start is by inviting God’s presence in your life daily. Ask Him for that “daily bread.” Remember the manna? Surrender whatever it is to the Lord. Step out on faith and begin to TRUST HIM! By getting in His Word and developing an ongoing growing relationship with Him you can begin to have an optimistic outlook in spite of. Always keep in mind that God is a wise, loving, merciful and all knowing God. He is the ultimate Father who loves you. We as His children are forever growing on this side of heaven. He has a plan for each of us. With GOD there will always be more!
During adversity He builds our character!
There has been and always will be something. This has been true from the very beginning of time. This is also why it is so important to begin taking the time to “Praise God now! ” Don’t just wait until something happens, try taking time each day. I assure you if you do, you will feel a lot better and become much happier. You will definitely begin to move towards having an optimistic outlook!
Stepping Out On Faith!
Everything will never be just as we want it. There is always something happening that challenges us to rise to another level of functioning. That is the cycle of life. Notice how naturally there is even a progression in the seasons. So it is with life. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. ” If we spend all of our time worrying we miss the point and preciousness of life. This does not mean being stewed in denial. We must face the Truth of what is going on about us, yet, always keeping in mind that God has given us His Comforter to help us go through.
Keep Looking UP! It is possible to be optimistic in spite of……
Time is so precious it is simply priceless! How you spend it is important! What or who you focus on is important! God alone knows how much time we have. He created time! We have all the time we need to do whatever it is He has created each of us for, even when there are so many alarms about us. When things happen beyond our control it is important we look to God for direction. Remember the Miracles I mentioned earlier? Yes, it’s a different time, but same God! We all have been directly or indirectly impacted by what’s going on in our country and the world at large. And yes we should always be concerned. But, remember that in spite of what is going on it is still possible to have an optimistic outlook! KEEP LOOKING UP! Remember to keep in mind, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” Now step out on FAITH!
I would like to add that since this original writing there has been a Mammoth Earthquake in Haiti and Nepal! The Lord is bringing people from all over the world to come together to help them rebuild! They are finally getting the help they have always needed! Now they are experiencing an aftermath of an outbreak of cholera! It will take many years for Haiti to recover & Nepal! There have also been Earthquakes in Chile, Mexico, China, Indonesia and Japan... Minor earthquakes continue in the states and all over the world. We also had a major oil spill here in America, and everyone has been impacted by the declining worldwide economic frenzy... as well as many natural disasters continually happening all around us! The latest has been major flooding in all throughout the southern states in the US and drought in others... Brace yourself, more hurricanes will continue!
There has been a continuing barrage of natural weather phenomenon all over the world... LORD HELP US!!!
Who would have thought? That the United States of America would even "SHUT DOWN!" Look what has happened to Greece and... This is not a united choice! What's next? All these crisis have impacted the entire world! If anything it does demonstrate how we all are connected throughout this world. As simple as it may seem it is time to seek the LORD! Pray for President Obama whether "if" you like him or not. No doubt he has made some very unusual choices concerning our moral ethics. But know this, they were not decisions that he made alone or iwthout the support of man others.....
Keep in mind despite the various worldwide climactic calamities. Regardless of the decision to overrule the WORD of GOD and sanction same sex marriages. Let's not forget the president's attempt to mandate gender freedom to use public restrooms of their choice? GOD STILL has ULTIMATE CONTROL!!! NO ONE can shut down GOD! GOD is speaking! God is patient, loving and kind. Know this; Tomorrow is not promised!
Our HOPE must be in the LORD! KEEP LOOKING UP! GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!!! Those of us who are believers must always look to HIM! ALL GOD'S WORD is TRUE!! We are living in a time when "anything goes." What is right in the eyes of man is what is accepted by the masses. The WORD of GOD is being fulfilled. Believe it or not; everything really is ultimately under HIS CONTROL. No matter what; the LORD will NEVER leave nor forsake you. HE is available 24/7! There is nowhere safer to be than in the hands of the LORD! YES! You can have HOPE in the midst of a crisis. So reach out to Him! "PRAY without ceasing'" ALL throughout your day! With the LORD in your life there is ALWAYS HOPE! "TRUST in the LORD with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledge HIM and HE WILL make your path straight..." Proverbs 3
"GOD IS LOVE" & GOD LOVES YOU!!!