When I step out and take risks for God, it never fails that anxiety rears its ugly head. You would think that I would learn that by now, but alas I am often still surprised.
A next step in 2014 is to abide more and more in Jesus, to remain in Him. Jesus has allowed some circumstances that are stretching me in what it means to abide in Him. If I will choose to lean in and abide I will be able to make it thru these circumstances with joy, growth, and a deeper love for Jesus. If I don’t I am sure that I will repeat the lesson again till I get it.
I had an “aha” moment as I was processing and praying thru the circumstances before me. I noticed that my confidence is being shaken in a way I have not seen in a while. Yet when I pause and review the events of the past few days, what I see is that God is moving and there has been push back by the enemy. The push back in one area opened the door for my confidence to be shaken. Remaining in Jesus means that I fight to stay leaning in and not leaning out.
What does it look like to fight to lean in when circumstances want you to lean away?
Two of my favorite verses during this time are “Be still & know that I am God” in Psalms 46:10 and Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NLT)
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No can measure the depths of his universe.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will walk and not faint.
What I love about Isaiah’s verses is that it reminds me of God’s power; I read the verses and I smile because the God that I love is the Creator, it is in Him that I trust and I find my strength. When I am out of grace, out of energy, at my bottom – God is not.
There is something about putting my thoughts on paper that helps me keep things in perspective. It helps me weed thru the lies and truth of the self talk going on in my head. Writing allows my thoughts to stay focused and an opportunity to respond.
I have a group of people who I trust who are my prayer warriors. I know that if I text, email, or talk to them they will pray. They pray without censor or judgment towards what is going on. It moves the situation from me internalizing and holding my thoughts captive to freedom. With that freedom there is confidence in who I am in Jesus.
As I walk thru the daily moments of life and choose to lean into Jesus more and keep my eyes focused on Him; He provides the strength, the encouragement, and grace I need to make it thru each moment.
What do you do when life gets tough? Do you lean out or lean in?
Do you have strategies that you use to help you lean in to the tough circumstances?