“As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances” Dr Charles Stanley
-After the game, the king and the pawn both go back into the same box.
Meditate on Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God“. That verse is direct instructions for coping with the struggle. Replace the word “anything” with your struggle and read the verse again. The verse doesn’t say “do not be anxious about anything except the really super duper scary stuff”. It says “Do not be anxious about ANYTHING”- anything! Not the struggle, not the giants, and not whatever is pressing in on all sides leaving only the narrowest of space to maneuver. The word “anxious” is the perfect word- do NOT worry, do NOT allow angst to take over zapping you of energy and resources for your life and to face the circumstances. Do NOT do it! The world tells us to be anxious. The world tells us to subscribe to anxiety. This verse tells us NOT to. Where is your faith?
After journaling the blessings from the day before, I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and the entire chapter of the Bible references assigned to each daily reading, Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman (great story about my copy- it was given to me by a close friend as a gift of support during this challenge. She purchased the leather bound copy for me and it was previously loved by someone before me- a woman named Norma to whom a lovely note was written in the dedication page and who wrote notes of her own on a dozen or so pages of the book. I have no idea who Norma was, but she was on a journey and facing a struggle and someone loved her enough to give her this gift and her notes in the devo inspire me.) and My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
I’ll be blogging after I finish reading the daily devotional in the three books. If you want to hone in on the influence that affects my writing you can find the three devos online and read along. Each link is set for you to click on it and go straight to that devotional.