Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path."
"Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart" - Before anything else can happen, we have to learn how to trust the Lord with everything we have. For me, this took years for me to grasp. Sometimes still, I question whether or not I really do have a grasp on it. It's human nature to want to be in control of every aspect of our lives. Giving up that control can seem like the end of the world. There's no easy way to explain how to give full control over to God. My suggestion is to clear your heart of trivial things and spend a lot of time in prayer. Think twice before you do anything and always listen for God's voice. Once we stop taking control of our own lives, God can start to move through us.
I look back now and see that some aspects of my life were self controlled and some were completely driven by God. I'm sure you've guessed it, the ones I tried to control didn't turn out so well. The God driven ones are the most important memories of my life. Meeting my husband for instance, I wasn't the type of girl to go after a guy I had a crush on. But for some reason, everything inside me pushed me to fight for him. Once I had his attention, he knew it was right too. Later to find out, he had just begun praying for a woman to come into his life that he could trust and talk to. God is always in control.
"Lean not on your own understanding" - It's human nature to want to know everything. The fact is, we are not God and that's why we don't know everything. But we have the awesome opportunity to have a relationship with the One who DOES know everything. Whenever I think I can do it all on my own...I think of this: God knows everything. He is outside of time. He already knows what is going to happen in our lives. Why shouldn't we trust that he is all knowing and only wants the best for our lives? When things don't make sense, there's a good reason that will reveal itself later. I know full well that I'm nowhere near all knowing. Frankly, I don't want to be all knowing either. But leaning on God and not my own understanding is still a challenge I face on a daily basis. I take comfort, though, that my God has my life planned out in the perfect way to further His kingdom...and that's all that matters.
"In ALL your ways acknowledge Him" - My biggest prayer is that when people look at me, they see the work God is doing through me verus my sinful self. We will always fall short of the glory of God but we are saved by the grace of God. We have the good news at our finger tips. We should be walking around proclaiming the name of Jesus in everything we do. We should be trying our hardest to share our good news with everybody we come across. Do we actually do this? Most of us would say no.
I've gotten significantly better in this area the past few years. It's all about thinking twice before you act. My favorite thing to do is pretend Jesus is standing next to me all the time. Would he be disappointed about what I just said or what I just did? Thinking this way has caused me to think twice about everything and try to live a better life for the glory of God. Of course I'm not perfect and I still fall short. I still have a long way to go and I'll forever be learning. Matthew 10:33 states "But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven." Acknowledge Him in everything you do and He will acknowledge you before God.
"And He Will direct your path." - As stated earlier, God is in absolute control of everything. He is all knowing and has the best plan for you already mapped out. If we continue to trust him, lean on God's understanding, and acknowledge Him in everything we do...God will lead us down the right path. Ask for his guiding hand to lead you and He will! God doesn't always shout out the right thing to do...sometimes He can be a faint whisper. Listen for his guidance and He will never mislead you.
I'm a worrier when it comes to my future path. I keep trying to figure out if I'm really meant to go back to school or if I'll ever pay off my undergrad loans. I worry...a lot. My biggest battle recently has been trusting God and giving financially out of faith despite what's sitting in my bank account. I do have faith that God will take care of my husband and me in our financial needs. I just have to give him control of that aspect of my life as well. God has always provided to us. I've prayed enough to know that God wants me to give my worry to him. I still feel strongly about going back to school and I believe that's the right path for me. I know one day everything will work itself out. I'm just faithfully waiting...Philippians 4:6-7 - "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
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