If you’re like me, you can get sucked down into worryville without the least bit notice.
It gets frustrating. I try so hard to stay in trust city but somehow when a new situation I wasn’t expecting comes along, I’m right back where I started. How does this happen?!
Welcome to the front row seat of my prayer time this morning. I know when I’m not trusting God, it stares me in the face every time I try to spend time with him. Suddenly instead of talking with him, I’m mulling over the things I need to do.
I recognize my tense shoulders and worried frown. The thoughts that I would so gladly disperse of roll around and around in my head – and they’re usually centered around how people will perceive and take my actions and behavior.
Will I ever be free God? I feel like this has a root in finding my worth in others’ opinions of me, but how does it truly and completely go away?
Enter in God’s sweet, soft response to my heart question.
“What if the ‘worst’ were to happen and everyone disliked you and thought ill of you?
It doesn’t matter.
Let it go Bri. Release their hold over you. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of you because you are my daughter.
I have claimed you. You are mine.
I see you
I like you.
I adore you.
I delight in you.
You bring me joy like none other. I sit and gaze at your beauty, marveling that I get to call you mine.
I cherish and treasure you beloved.
I go up and down with you, always with you throughout your joys and sorrows. There’s no other place I’ll be than by your side. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m the one that wrote the book on love, on life – I give concepts life and meaning. I created the whole universe. I gave everything breath. Who but I weaved complex concepts and ideas into the fabric of creation. I am the creator and sustainer.
I am the supreme authority where this is concerned. So, when I say you’re beautiful, loved, cherished – that’s a fact, not a judgement or opinion.
It’s part of your identity. Let ME give your life meaning. Base your worth on MY opinion.
It’s strong and pure and unquestionable.
‘Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to anyone unfaithful to you.
But for me, it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all your works.’
Do you get it now? How loved you are?”
I’m beginning to. How about you?