Putting Power in your Story

This blog is a re-post from Thrivefittlife.com — you can view the original here. This post is all about how Amanda’s failures led her to exactly where God wanted her. (Namely, traveling to China to give a presentation…WHAT?!)

Do you believe that EVERYTHING that happens in your life happens for a reason? Even what we see as bad? I do.

Here’s why.

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And I will look up

I’ve been stuck on this Psalm; caught on it each day. It’s simple truth feels deeply profound to me:

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

-Psalm 5:3

And I will look up.

There are so many places I could look…but I will look up.

This is so important for me, especially in the morning. From the minute my brain turns on, it starts running in 50 different directions. I could so easily:

  • Look to myself, hoping I’ll come up with the answers; holding onto my selfishness, insecurities, or pride.
  • Look to the future, worrying about the unknown or excessively planning (as I’m prone to do) for every possible scenario.
  • Look to others, trying to find confidence, identity, and fullness in the wonderful relationships around me, but putting too much pressure on those people — pressure they can never live up to.

Or…I could look up.

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Your comforts delight my soul

I stumbled upon this most beautiful verse during my morning devotions. It spoke so much to my heart that I want to share it with you as well:

In the multitude of my anxieties,

Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:19

I just sat there, on the “bloop” (the word we coined for a ginormous memory foam beanbag that sits under our loft’s skylight), and marinated in those words.

As someone who struggles with anxiety (see more on that here), my soul needs to delight in His comforts.

So I started wondering: What are the comforts God gives?

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Heal My “Want To”

“Pray for God to heal your ‘want to.'” – Beth Moore, Breaking Free

Some girlfriends and I are going through Beth Moore’s “Breaking Free” study. And let me tell you, I have a whole laundry list of things I want to break free from! — insecurity, fear, worry… And the list keeps growing. Last week, it seemed like God brought a new thing to mind everyday.

One of the things He brought to mind was a killer realization — SO UNCOMFORTABLE. I thought I’d dealt with this issue already, and here He was peeling back another layer, opening my eyes to see the ways in which I still struggled with this achilles’ heel of mine.

To be honest, I didn’t want to hear it, much less change. I felt comfortable, healthy, and at peace with where I was in this area — apparently, I felt comfortable in these mental and spiritual chains — so much so that I didn’t realize I was still wearing chains!

Until last week, that is.

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I Don’t Live By Feelings [Treasure in Darkness]

Last night I was feeling overwhelmed by loneliness, I had to remind myself: “I don’t have to live by my feelings.” This is just a feeling, and it too shall pass. I am not defined by this feeling. I do not have to make choices based on this feeling (aka, going crazy in my head). It is just a feeling, a natural part of life, and it will not last forever. And then I started asking: “What’s the treasure in this darkness?”

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A Mental Reboot Kind of Prayer

Sometimes our minds just need a mental reboot.

This is a prayer I learned at my church in Rochester, NY, and that I’ve since taken and used in my own day-to-day life, as a form of reboot for my mind.

When my thoughts are going to worry, fear, jealousy, or really anywhere but to the Lord, this helps me a lot. Sometimes I spent 10 minutes, sometimes 30 seconds, depending on the day — praying over my mind, eyes, ears, lips, and heart.

Here’s a video of me walking you through the prayer, and then below you can see a list of the verses I used. Hopefully these will get your creative wheels turning and remind you of other verses you can also pray over your mind!

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