For greatness. For a specific purpose. For bringing glory to God. For the walk of faith. Even on the days when you feel anything but useful. Anything but hopeful. And anything but special or worthy. How do I know? Because God says so. And what He says goes. What He plans happens. And even before you were created, His sovereignty of your destiny was already laid out. Which gives me comfort in my couch laying, naseau overshadowing, and helpless feeling day today. I am hanging out on this TRUTH from His living and active Word and I extend this hang out session to you too today my friend-
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
If I am being honest with you, I have struggled more with this pregnancy than any other to stay in a place of peace in Jesus. As much as I desire to live without fear of another miscarriage, the reality of the past seems to be the large readerboard in my mind. My question to the Lord lately has been, “how do I live in Your reality of peace and joy and thankfulness in my now when the fears keep creeping in?” Although I wanted the one sentence solution/quick fix all response from God, I didn’t get it. What I recognized is I am on a journey with Him. A journey to live more often than not with “Jesus peace” in this pregnancy.
Our loving heavenly Father so desires to give us exactly what we need. And on this “Jesus peace pregnancy journey” He has been doing exactly that. Not in the way I expected though. In a step, by step, by step with His kind of rhythm.
Here are the 3 peace strategies He has taught me thus far on our journey together:
1. Fixing my eyes on Jesus rather than anything else only changes everything. When I fix my eyes on the pain of the past, it is like I relive that pain all over again and actually bring many “what if’s” into question for my present and future. To focus on fears is to focus on the false of life. Fears are a skewed perspective.
forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead Phil 3:13b
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Heb 12:2a.
2. The only way to get rid of the fears and falcity broadcasting in our minds is to actually switch the station to Truth. It’s like when one song is playing in the background and you are trying to remember how another song goes but can’t because of the current melody being broadcasted. Unless you turn off the current song/fear message in your mind, you will not be able to focus/remember the new song/God’s true Word. We must recognize when past or the “what could be” fears are playing in our mind, turn them off, and think about Truth-
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
This has been a necessity for me lately, a daily decision to turn on the new song-have my mind renewed by Jesus! (…be transformed by the renewing of your mind Ro 12:2b).
3. It is an illusion that I can control outcomes of this pregnancy, other people, or my future. ONLY God is in control and it is under His sovereign plan and in His loving hand I find peace. Today’s scripture for the day once again focused on God as our Maker, the Creator of life and all that is good-
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5
It is my choice, it is your choice, today, to choose to sing the song of fear in our mind or the song of truth and life. It is my choice, it is your choice, to give over anxiety, worries and things beyond our control to the ONE who is in control anyway. It is your destiny, it is my destiny, before we were even a kidney bean size in our mother’s womb to enter into the great, hope filled/life filled/joy filled/peace filled plans God has for us-right. now.
What fear song tends to play in your head in this season? What new song would God have you be broadcasting from His Word of truth instead when the fear song begins to play?
What areas of your life are you trying to control the outcomes? Will you give your worries to God in prayer right now, asking for His peace instead?
© 2012 Standing on Peace