There is no preparation for what the next moments hold. Even when I think I have a decent idea, I’m pretty much kidding myself. I can’t see tomorrow. My to do lists, piles of unfinished tasks, plans for the days & months ahead keep me busy but that’s about it. To stand & not crumble when the unexpected happens, well… that takes something way more than my human effort.
Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (NLT)
I’ve learned that my world can be turned upside down over & over again. I don’t have control over others or the future. I’ve also learned a deeper trust in the Lord than I ever knew possible. I need His Word at a whole new level. I must constantly surrender to changing. I’ll never be done learning…. not ever. I long to be grateful in all things. Goodness, I need to worship & praise Him much more.
Philippians 1:29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. (NLT)
As a young mom, I had dreams for my kids. I’m pretty sure all moms do. I think there’s two types of dreams. The ones that parents desire concerning how their children’s future lays out. Then there’s the ones that are purely character related. Who they are inside. Every decision, every action, every choice comes from either a hardened heart or a repentant, transformed soft heart. I’ve learned that I have to completely release them to the Lord. I example right and, unfortunately, wrong behavior but I don’t choose who they will be. As an older mom, I understand my job is to stay on my knees & pray.
Psalm 51: The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise. (NLT)
I’m learning that I can be full of myself or full of Jesus. I for one, don’t need another drop of myself.
Psalm 42:8 Through each day, the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (NLT)
I’ve learned that the only thing I have to fear is staying stuck. No matter what my days hold, if I take my eyes off Jesus & put them on my circumstances then I’m in trouble. Change of me requires change in me.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come, and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! (NLT)
I’ve learned that it must be well in my soul. My soul can not lose hope. The hope it’s attached to is Jesus. That is the only solid ground.
Storms, trials & tragedies come. There are so many examples of believers who use their sorrows to glorify the Savior. I looked up the meaning behind the song, It Is Well With My Soul. Oh, to have a mature faith like that. My prayer is that I can always choke out those words… It is well with my soul.