Really Believe: Free From Worry

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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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Garments And Crowns

"Put your toe on your nose.  Put your nose...on somebody elses' noOOoose...

...And you keep it there all day!"  (The Laurie Berkner Band)

My mind has been spinning in a whirlwind of thoughts today...and this song (Pig On Her Head, by the Laurie Berkner Band) is playing on "repeat song" in my head!  I love singing it with Sketch. He gets the biggest grin and I find it exceptionally cute when he actually takes his toe and puts it on his nose as he sings the song .

At age 5, it isn't so unusual to put your toe on your nose...but I have no reason to believe that age 25, Sketch won't still put his toe on his nose when he sings this song!   If he does, that would be a bit unusual...that would get people's attention, I'm sure!

From unusual... to Adorable

There are many things that he does right now that result in numerous gazes of  the people that we happen to come across throughout a day.

Like singing to himself... or singing loudly (usually Brooke Frasers songs) Proclaiming  praises to God, without fear.

From offensive... to Inspiring

People just look at him and smile at his innocence.

"What is he singing?" a teacher recently asked.

"It is a song by Hillsongs" I reply.

From isolated... to Opportunity

And of course, his unhindered emotions brings a lot of opportunity to say a word or two to the many admiring onlookers... (you can read about his unhindered joy in a previous post, here). Sometimes though, it isn't so easy to see the beauty in what is going on.

Sometimes the treasure comes from something less fortunate. Like a fear.

Sketch has been terrified of ceiling fans, which causes many problems when he must pass through a room/store with one hanging in the center of it!  He would just freeze...and stare.  I can only imagine he is wondering if it will fall on his head...  But lately, he has been becoming more curious about them...more daring.  At church in our sanctuary, there are ceiling fans that are painted to match the color of the ceiling.  They fascinate Sketch. He has wanted to go in and sit in there so he can look at them.  At first he'd just stare at the fans, but lately, he doesn't seem to notice them that much and is more interested in looking at other things in the room.

From trembling... to Bravery

Sometimes it takes a little work.  Sometimes we have to blow off some dust or dirt first, before the treasure is revealed.

Like when we suffer a loss or  when a traumatic event occurs in our lives.  Over time we can look back and see how God used that for our good and His glory.

From tragedy... to Treasure

And sometimes we can't...

Sometimes we need some help, and our wonderful Counselor is just the person.

He loves to blow the ash and soot off of us when we're in a fiery trial, to reveal the beautiful creation he's working on underneath.

 

From ashes... to Beauty

Isaiah 61: 1-3 (NIV)

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

If we let him, He will do it...

But there is always that part of the deal where we have something to do... we need to accept what God's offering. We have to put on the garment of praise. We have to wear the crown of beauty that he placed on our head.  We need to take off that garment of shame and despair and mourning, etc., and believe that we are the Kings' daughters, as He has said.

Garments

It's time for a change of apparel, it seems

These garments no longer fit

The dark sweats of shame do not compare

to the beautiful garments of praise


My Savior has wrapped me in new clothes today

They are beautiful, made for royalty

It is hard to imagine  how He intended

These gem-laden garments for me


The crown of beauty is on my head

The oil of joy flowing down

As God claimed me as one of his own

The spirit of despair was cast down.


He's turned my tragedy to treasure

He took my filthy ash-covered self

Wiped off my face and my head and my heart

He Replaced it with heavenly wealth

 

 

Garment of Praise

Inspired by Beth Moore's Breaking Free Bible Study