I hate not knowing what is in store for me. I hate being unsure of the future and not having any control over anything that is going on in my life. I know God has my life and complete control, but it’s still hard to give it all over to Him. It seems like everything is spinning out of control and I’m in the center of the tornado. I have been so depressed that I just gave up on my school work and now everything is over a week late, making me even more stressed out because I’m scared I won’t get into the university I applied for. I’m scared Cody and I won’t be able to get an apartment and I’ll have to live in the dorms while he stays here. He lost yet another job yesterday and I don’t even know if we would get approved for an apartment. I’ve already bought all of this stuff in hopes of us getting a cute little apartment for us to live in for the two years left I have in school. I’m so scared. I want everything to be perfect. But life isn’t perfect. I’m really trying to come to terms with that. I need to pray and think about it. Because I need to go to school and make something out of my life, but I can’t live without Cody. I know I sound like some lovesick puppy, but it’s true. He completes me. We’re getting married. We’re not completely sure when, where, or how, but we know we are. I’m just waiting for him to ask my mom for my grandmother’s ring and for him to pop the question. And waiting for that is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. It also gives me hope for the future. Knowing the love of my life is always going to be there, no matter how close or far apart we are. That’s what is keeping me going through these uncertain and scary times in my life. That and God. Mostly God. He will always be there for me. Having this support group, I should have no reason to feel fear.
If you played with Barbies,
Slip N’ Slide,
Listened to the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, NSync and the Spice Girls
On Hit Clips, a Boom Box, or a Walkman,
Collected and traded Pokemon cards,
Wrote with Gel Pens,
Wore butterfly clips,
And Snap Bracelets,
And remember watching these guys:
My childhood in one post
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…”
(Psalm 37:7, NKJV)
Are you struggling with trying to make a dream come to pass? Are you frustrated in a relationship, trying to make someone else change or live right? You may mean well, you may have good goals, but if you are trying to orchestrate things to happen your way, on your timetable, you are only going to frustrate yourself. At some point, you have to turn those circumstances over to God and trust that He has your best interest at heart.
How do you turn things over to God? Start by making the choice and declaring your resolve. Simply say, “Father, I choose to let You be God of this situation. I take my hands off. I trust You.” Then, choose to worship Him. Worship is one of the best ways to set your heart and mind in the right place. You can’t worry and worship at the same time! Worship is a sign that you are trusting God; worry is a sign that you are trying to control things.
Today, take the pressure off yourself and turn things over to God. Give Him control and let Him take your setbacks and turn them into comebacks. Remember, the God who holds the universe holds you in the palm of His hand. Trust Him and let God be God in every area of your life!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to release every care and concern into Your loving hands. I refuse to worry and choose to trust. Fill me with Your peace. Show me Your ways as I surrender every area of my heart and life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
I needed this. My anxiety about all of the this that are changing or not going right in my life are getting overwhelming. I need to just hand it all over to God and not let myself try to change people.
I know it’s a bit late, but I’ve decided to start a New Year’s resolution. I started a devotional talking about a “One Word Theme with God.” I decided my word I’m going to live out is Love. I’m going to love everyone around me, no matter how frustrated or angry I am. I’m going to love myself enough to work hard at what I do, including school, work, exercise, and taking care of myself. And I’m going to love others by spreading God’s love, because God IS love. He is what love is. Including doing the right thing, being patient and kind, and not being lazy, but getting up and doing what you have to do in order to be happy and successful. I know it’ll be hard and I won’t want to do it at times, but it is what I need in my life right at this moment. I need more love in my life.
Don’t give up just because things seem hard. You are closer than you think! You’ve invested so much and you never know, just another few more days of believing, another few weeks of doing the right thing, another few months of staying in faith, and you could see that situation turn around. Remember, God is on your side! Keep standing and keep believing because you are closer than you think to fulfilling every desire He’s placed inside of you!
We all need a little boost in life from time to time. Whether we’re feeling down and out and need a pick-me-up, or we have chronic low self-esteem, it’s important to be able to boost your own confidence. Here are some ways to build your confidence and feel good about yourself:
- Compliment yourself. Turn off the soundtrack of negative self-talk that you have running through your head and start complementing yourself. Try to say something nice to yourself at least once a day. Put a post-it note on your mirror or put a reminder in your calendar if you can’t remember to do it on your own. Take a minute to think of one nice thing you can say about yourself. If might seem cheesy at first but you’ll come to appreciate it as a time when you can stop being so hard on yourself, and change your perception to start feeling good.
- Accomplish something easy. One of the easiest ways to feel good about yourself is to achieve a goal or accomplish something. You might feel like you’ll never finish the novel you’re writing and the sense of accomplishment is a long way off. But if you set a small, easy goals on a regular basis you can easily get the high from accomplishing something. This will give you the motivation you need to keep reaching for your bigger, long-term goals.
- Surround yourself with a cheerleading squad. This can be anyone from friends, family, teachers or enthusiastic neighbors. There are lots of people rooting for you, so embrace it. When you need a boost you can turn to these people to help give you the pep you need.