An Early Summer Morning

An Early Summer Morning

This morning as I journaled and read my Bible, I watched the world lazily wake up. It matched my mood; hard to wake up. Summer on the peninsula usually means an overcast morning and then it burns off to enjoy the direct warmth of the sunshine. Today is no different. I don’t want that to be the descriptor of my day. Its a new day with a new adventure awaiting it; yet a tad apprehensive is how I would describe myself at the moment. Apprehension, anxiety and worry are struggles I have had my entire life and I find I have to implement various strategies each time it raises its ugly head so that it doesn’t dictate my day or my thoughts. I find it tends to be a struggle when I don’t show myself grace and there are steps I need to do and/or when I am unsure of where I stand with people in my world. Neither of these are truth based, but I am beginning to recognize the trigger and that is half the battle. It loses its foothold. I have a choice. Will I let my struggle to not worry and to be confident in who I am dictate how my day goes OR will I choose to shift my perspective .

Today I choose to believe that I am….
A woman loved by God.
A woman not defined by her circumstance.
Saved by Grace thru Jesus’ work on the cross, and nothing I do or did myself.
Following Jesus on this walk called life; learning, growing, listening to His voice telling me which way to go.
Not perfect, nor am I expected to be perfect. Mind – cut yourself some slack.
Learn from my mistakes. Grow. Don’t let it hold me back from being real and authentic with the world around me.
I able to love like Jesus loved.
To have joy & be thankful in all things.
A woman who will take her concerns & her thoughts to the feet of Jesus.
Walking with Jesus, His yoke is light. He has this. He has my day.

When I look at the world around me will I see the cloudy, dreary sky OR will I see how the red on the plum tree is darker & crisper? Will I see the problems I need to tackle today OR opportunities to connect with others, problem solve and learn? When I feel my blood pressure raise, a sigh want to escape, a inkling to worry or stress will I let those rise to the front OR will I choose to be thankful, choose to have joy, choose to lean into Jesus and not my own strength?

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Today I hope others see and experience His hope, His love, His grace, His peace, His mercy, His kindness, His gentleness, His patience thru their interactions with me.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. ” Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV

 

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