There are days I feel like I need a do-over, even though that’s not possible. Rushing out of the house, dropping the kids off at school, running errands throughout the day, back through the pick up lines, homework, dinner, baths, and bed. Geesh…I am tired just thinking about it all. I want to share with you five things that may be stopping you from moving forward.
Fear is not from God and can stop you right where you are. It can paralyze you and cause feelings of uncertainty. Again, not from God. The other day I started fearing what if the kids get sick over Christmas vacation then it may ruin our plans of visiting family. Really, for one thing, that is 12 days away, and second, why would I really be worried about that right now. I guess I tend to plan for the future and for sone reason this weird scenario popped up in my mind. God is bigger than any fear I could ever imagine or experience.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Doubt can be extremely hard to deal with. Doubting you are a good enough parent, doubting you have the skills for a particular job, wondering or doubting if your spouse loves you anymore. I’ve definitely felt with a few of these before and let me tell you, no fun. When I started my t-shirt company I had doubt that anyone would purchase from me or what if I’m wasting my time creating something people don’t want. However, God spoke to me to create it, I listened, and now I feel as though even if I don’t have one more sale, I’m being obedient to what God has told me to do.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
have you ever experienced pain so bad that you thought you would never get through it? Like God has forgotten about you? First of all, let me reassure you that is not the case, but in the thick of it thats exactly what it feels like. Pain from a divorce, loss of a loved one, a child, loss of a job, going through depression or facing an illness. These are scary to think about let alone actually experience them. The first thing that may help you is to pray and ask God for strength. It gives me great comfort to know that he has walked before me and knows everything I have faced, am facing, and will face in the future. There is nothing that surprises God. Resting in his presence during a painful experience certainly has helped me feel comfort, maybe not all at once, but through the process of healing.
Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
Insecurity has left me feeling like I don’t belong because I’m not good enough. I don’t have the right color hair to join in a group of ladies that look like they are having fun. I’m not smart enough to start my own company, or If only I had a few more degrees. I don’t have the right size house or I need a better car to drive then maybe others will like me more. Don’t these sound like just the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. Well, I hope I’m not the only one out there that is being honest about my feelings. I used to feel a lot of what I just described and still deal with my own insecurities from time to time raising my children. Even in my marriage. God is so good and trusting that God made me and he makes no mistakes has given me so much security. He is like a huge security blanket surrounding you and will take on those feeling as if they are his own.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit.
Do you ever feel alone like you are the only one going through your exact situation? I can say Amen to that. Like no one else cares or could even possibly begin to understand. Thats a horrible feeling and can bring you down faster than you realize. When you feel lonely your mind starts to think things that aren’t true and you start wondering what life would be like if… What if this…What if that…Your mind can start playing games with you and other ungodly things start creeping in. You start replacing loneliness with shopping, drinking, impure thoughts, other addictions and it can spiral out of control very quickly. I used to feel this way when I was married to my ex husband once we fell into a dark place. I would shop all the time and replace my feelings of loneliness with things to keep me busy which only built up debt. Not a good place to be. God brought me through all of that and now I can say because of him I overcame that situation and can relate when others are going through this as well.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I pray that these reminders bless you as you walk closer with God and trust him if you are personally facing a set back. Remember, you’re life is wonderfully designed.