He brought me forth also into a broad place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.
~ Psalm 18:19
How often do you look in the mirror and delight in yourself? How often do you see what you have done and been delighted? I am going to guess it is not that often, and definitely not as often as God delights in you. He knows every little detail about you and delights in every single thing.
We all need a reminder from time to time about who God is, especially when we get stressed. We tend to focus on the problem instead of God, the solution. He is the one who writes your story and has a plan of redemption for the problem. I wanted to share with you today two types of verses, one section of verses about God’s power and another one about His faithfulness. God is so many things and His perfect Holiness is what makes Him so perfect, loving, and comforting as your Father.
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
~ Matthew 6:25-34
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I know for most of us still vividly remember big tragedies in our life, and it brings up questions. We may know and feel God's reckless love, but those tragedies are still burned in our hearts. We know they are not His perfect will, but He still allowed it to happen. It does not always make sense. How could 9/11 and the Twin Towers crumbling be good? Children seeing the destruction on repeat on every channel to be the last thing they saw every night. Watching people trapped and panic, people dropping out of the buildings. The dust cloud that rested and continued to diminish air quality noticeable for months. Rescue workers dying at the scene and getting debilitating diseases afterwards as a result of the smoke and destruction. How could families getting destroyed be good? How can death, disease and severe injuries? It does not seem to add up.
Worry affects our daily life causing disruptions in our sleep, affects our relationships and it actually causes a stress response in our body. When we are anxious we put our body in a stressed state making it go into a “fight or flight” response. This means our sympathetic nervous system is on, which is designed to only be used in short amounts of times to help us in times of danger. It is not supposed to be working during all of our waking hours, as it does when we are anxious. When our “fight or flight” response is active too long it which means hormones like cortisol are released which can lead to dizziness, fatigue, digestive disorders, headaches, irritability, nausea, sweating and other health ailments. Taking some time out with God is a great way to reduce stress. You can pray, mediate over His word, declare His word over your life and your situation to bring His peace back into your life or even try this little exercise below I learned from my church.
Jessica Hoeffner sharing some bible verses, health tips, and encouragement to transform your life! <3
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