......And LEAVE IT THERE!! ☺
PLEASE do not keep going BACK to the altar, and shuffling through your old suitcases or junk that God has long forgotten, forgiven and erased. That is Old Testament mentality - because we have a Savior who died for us! We are saved by His great grace. Chronic (continual) anxiety is a major distraction to us, and can cause health and relationship issues...among other things. Confronting your stressors in life will help alleviate anxiety. Un-attended issues are nerve-racking! Left unchecked, they dominate everything because stress/anxiety then takes over. They are always there, tapping at your mind or subconscious. Respond to your emotions, because toxic emotions can leave wounds. Toxic emotions indicate an area of fear usually, or an area we aren't confronting for a particular reason. In this day and age we often put more demands on ourselves to 'perform' that are beyond most people's natural ability to do so.
Give yourself 'the ok' to receive help from others occasionally. It's OKAY ☺ and part of human nature. Ask God and someone you trust with Godly wisdom to help you sort things out, or identity your needed changes; like setting healthy boundaries in your life, setting your mind and KEEPING it set, consciously making good decisions, and so on. Also: because it's impossible to quite do EVERYTHING we want to do (not humanly possible), prioritize; and say 'no' when necessary. My pastor used to remind me a couple years ago that "No" is a COMPLETE sentence! (ha) Most things don't even require an excuse to be created....that's stressful to even think about!
Jesse Duplantis often says, "The past NEVER sees the future"! Let us embrace all God has for us today. Leaving what is behind, and receiving with gladness all that He has in His hands to give us, in the 'now'. Let's agree not to define ourselves by the 'old' anymore!
Let us pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your GREAT grace, mercy, and love towards us - as the psalmist David says in Psalm 8:4; what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them'? John 3:16 "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life". I thank you Lord, that by your blood shed on the cross, I have been set totally free! And, I am no longer defined nor identified by my past mistakes. Thank you for new life, in You Lord! I, by an act
of my own will, release all my past and current cares on you (1 Peter 5:7). Help me to see where I believe wrongly, and help me to shift my focus onto better things. I place all my trust in you and your character, which is all pure love (Proverbs 3:5-7); I know You desire nothing but what is best for me. Thank you for your guidance Lord. In Jesus name, Amen!
About the Author
Davina is a working mother of three, who believes in introducing the true love of Christ to those she encounters, and desires to give the gift of this love to those in need that God has lead her way. She attends The Point Church of Trotwood, Ohio. She is a member of Young Women In Ministry, and is also an avid baker! See her treats at http://www.deesdelightsforyou.com