It’s not easy living for God. It just isn’t. The tests…the trials…the temptations… Sometimes it just feels like it’s all too much.
What do we do when we want to give up and just throw in the towel? When we are too tired physically, emotionally, or mentally to fight another day?
When things are not going the way we hoped or dreamed they would? When we just feel so extremely disappointed and unsatisfied with the direction our life is going in?
Well, I’ll tell you what I did – I had a good cry. A soul-rinsing, burden-relieving cry. And I told God exactly what I thought – that living for Him was really, really hard. Not too hard that I couldn’t handle it, and that I was still committed to doing it, but I wanted Him to know how I was really feeling. So there.
Did I feel better after this confession? A little. Because I knew what was coming next. Like He always does when I have a meltdown, God brought a scripture that I had previously hid in my heart (or long-term memory) to mind.
My Heavenly Father comfortingly reminded me of today’s Defensive Strategy – we are instructed not to be anxious, worried, or fearful over anything, which is easier said than done.
But when we feel those emotions coming on, the proper response is to take them to God via prayer and petition (asking God what we want Him to do about it), with a thankful heart – thankful for the unknown response that we are confident is coming.
After my whine-fest was over, I thanked the Lord for the situation I was experiencing, for the people involved, and I asked God for the outcome that my heart desired.
And when the enemy tried to keep reintroducing those anxious thoughts to me – you know I had to block him again. GET THAT OUT OF HERE!
I’ve said this so many times before, we can work our minds into a frenzy when we focus on all the things that (we perceive) are wrong with our lives. The more we pile on, the more we regurgitate, the more trauma we re-live… the more hopeless things can start to feel.
It is so important that once we realize what’s going on, we do something to pull ourselves out of that mental quicksand – reading the Word of God, playing our inspirational music, or coming to an encouraging site like Destined 4 the Dub, to completely transform our thinking.
We don’t know how long the situation will take to change, but in the short-term, all that needs to change is our perspective.
I have a couple of situations I had to use this Defensive Strategy on in the last week. Ok, it was actually more like several situations. And I received a response to only one of them – Praise God for that answer!
As for the rest? Well, I’m still waiting on Him, and when I feel a bit of anxiety in the bottom of my stomach trying to creep up – I verbally remind myself: “Don’t be anxious for anything Tonya! You have followed God’s Word and made your request to Him. Just wait.” And then I exhale peacefully. Next week I’ll tell you why…
Are you struggling in your efforts to live for God? If so, what is the hardest thing you are dealing with?
Is there one thing you can resolve to stop being anxious or worrying about? With a thankful heart, take your request to God, specifically asking for what you’d like to see happen.
Feel free to share your response in the comments section…