Stress

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The very word causes us to tense up and lately there seems to be an overwhelming amount of stress in our daily lives. If stress itself does not kill us, how we react to it might very well! It may be the fact that Easter is right around the corner, but that should give us more cause to rejoice than exhibit stress!

Understanding God will never give us more than we can handle is fundamental to dealing with daily demands and believing we can make it through anything. It’s become a joke now, but for those who truly know me, it is safe to say that I have lived through some STUFF meant to rob, kill, and destroy me.

In the midst of each trial I faced, it was crucial I kept a positive perspective and attitude because when you are standing in the eye of the storm, it is real easy to allow adversity and despair to finish you off. As one trial comes on the heel of the next, it’s real easy to give up, but every obstacle has only strengthened my resolve because I know I am living in the center of God’s will and if He is allowing these trials to take place then they serve a divine purpose.
imagesAny setback has the potential to be a setup for something greater if we maintain the right attitude, thus positioning us to be in the right place to capitalize on an otherwise seeming less disaster.

The mess of our lives can easily turn into stories of God’s redemptive love, faithfulness, grace, and mercy when we slow down long enough to listen to God. This can be difficult to do as the storms of life with deafening tornados attempt to rip our very homes off their foundation, so we must be intentional about making time for God and listening to His Spirit.

When God is your foundation, the wind can blow as hard as it might, the rain can pour until you have to swim, but one thing remains constant: God will never leave nor forsake you. We get so caught up in the moment, which causes panic, which leads to worry and fear, but God is not limited by time or space. God is here, He’s there, and He’s everywhere and our future is in His hands.
stressed-outStress, worry, and fear about tomorrow or regrets are wasted emotions. We need not be concerned with these thoughts because the Lord came that we may have abundant life and as long as we keep God first, it doesn’t matter what the world throws your way. Many of us limp through each day as if we were on life support or extras in the Walking Dead, which is so sad. Instead of living victoriously, we live defeated which is an oxymoron! God is omnipotent and when He is first in our lives, nothing will hold you back from accomplishing your destiny because nothing is too difficult for the Lord.

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Be Still and Know I am God

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Living Happy on a day to day basis
Never in my life have I had to really upon God so much than I have this last month. I have pleaded for him to intercede in my daughter’s life as we walked through a painful chapter called the NICU and I have pleaded with God to heal my wife’s diabetes and to keep her cancer in remission, but trusting God to act in your own life is different; it feels more intimate.

3 weeks ago, I underwent a spinal fusion procedure meant to correct the damage inflicted during a severe vehicular accident while I was riding my road bicycle. Up until 10 days ago I would have told you I felt things were finally starting to improve and that I had turned the corner from the major surgical pain I was experiencing. That night, I went to sleep and upon waking up, I could not feel my left leg and my right hip felt like someone was repeatedly stabbing me with an ice pick while the sciatica shooting pain straight from the pit of hell had intensified exponentially down my right leg.Pain
I was totally bed-ridden by this new onset of pain. What really terrified me was all the pain in my extremities had vanished after the surgery leading me to believe despite the surgical pain I was feeling, the surgery itself was a complete success.

Now you can probably imagine my horror and the thoughts that raced through my head: “I wondered if I did something wrong, or if something had broken off or come loose, or if they would have to operate again?”

After these thoughts began to race through my mind, I can remember the very instant because I could hear the enemy begin to whisper, “The surgery was unsuccessful and you will always be a prisoner to your pain.”TRUTH & lies
Immediately, I rebuked those lies in the name of Jesus, but I couldn’t deny my concern with the sudden onset of new symptoms.

Praise God, after viewing my scans and speaking with the doctor, he confirmed the promise God had already made to me: “My healing is real & God is true to His word.”

The doctor went on to say the symptoms I was experiencing were normal due to the sensitive nature of nerves and since my impingement had lasted for such a long time, there was quite a bit of uncertainty and unpredictability as to how long I would experience these new symptoms, but praise God we are not limited by man’s understanding of medicine.

I praise Jehovah Rophe for the work He has begun in me and will complete and I bind any lies or hindrances the enemy is trying to put in my path in the name of Jesus!

I can sense the enemy trying to do everything in his power to waiver my faith regarding the promise God made regarding my complete healing.cloud_serpent
God knows me and He knows exactly what I need. If this journey has taught me anything it is to take one day at a time and to rely solely upon the Lord.

When we spend our time worrying about everything going on around us, we miss everything God is doing in our life, whether it is seen or unseen.
Beth Moore said something that has always stuck with me regarding fear. She said, “FEAR is nothing more that False Evidence Appearing Real.” When we allow our fear to overshadow the power of God, we limit His power which is unlimited! The more we begin to trust God and praise Him for what He is doing, the more we will see Him make ways where there are none. The more we begin to sing praises to the King of kings while our world is crashing in around us, the more we will see miracles happen right before our eyes!

I pray as you read these words you would begin to look at areas in your life where you need to trust God more and for areas you need to praise God more. When the light of God shines upon us, there is no limit to what He can accomplish in and through us!
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