As a special needs mom, I crave a sense of certainty about how I help my kids, how I advocate for them, and about their future.
Really believing what God says about who He is (capable, all knowing, all powerful, love) and who I am (chosen, loved, guided, prepared, able, strong and courageous) is the key to being free from worry, doubt and anxiety.
Even so, I find trusting God completely an every day struggle. Can you relate?
Let’s imagine how our struggles change when we really believe God:
* The mountains looming in our darkened path are flattened out before us as we take our first steps.
* Confidence embodies us as the Holy Spirit guides our steps and marinates us in His power.
* God infuses us with courage to go about the tasks He prepared for us.
* God wins the battle before we even start to fight.
When we really believe God, Worry and Fear have no choice but to leave. We can't worry and really believe in the same breath.
This is what I have been mulling over like the spices in Apple Cider. Mmmm-mmm. How I love this time of year!
And I really love how things look when I see them filtered through believing God, instead of through my distorted lenses this world hands me.
Our special-needs parenting travels a windy, untrodden path. It is not flattened down by the mounds of parents raising typical children. We pave the way for our kids through tall weeds and strong trees, trying to figure out what works, what doesn't, what gets us through just one more hour.
But God? He has this knack in directing our steps. He is the one who paves our path and offers to be our guide. (Proverbs 3:6 and 16:9)
When I really believe those promises, I can breathe out the stress Fear force feeds me, and breathe in the life-giving air God offers.
The other day I heard a new song (Christ In Me, by Tim Timmons). It was love at first sight. It’s melodic arms of hope-filled lyrics reached around me with a nice warm hug:
This song reminds me that God has this life-thing all figured out. And it reminds me that I can believe God and give up doubt, again.
I know I am not the only one who forgets to really believe. If we aren’t careful, we will be swept up with the circumstances and problems thrust before us on a daily basis.
That fact gives all the more reason to take the time each day to remember what God tells us is true, and to stick the stake in the ground for the first time each day, and declare:
I really believe Christ in me!
How would your life look differently if you really believed Christ in you?
This is the first post in the Really Believe series, where I will explore some of the things that are bound to change if we really believe God.
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