Yesterday was a tough day. Between not enough sleep and a stress-filled trip, this morning I feel exhausted. I want to crawl back into bed and sleep. But God gave me a better idea, several ideas, to be honest.
Idea #1: CAST MY CARES ON HIM
Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 (MEV)
All the I shoulds want to pile up on top of me and weigh me down until I can’t screams back. That is no way to live. Scripture tells us it’s okay to throw all those I shoulds right over to God. He’ll relieve us of those worries.
Idea #2: TAKE MY THOUGHTS CAPTIVE
We tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.2 Corinthians 10:5 (ERV)
Here I’m thinking, the I shoulds are gone, but now the I can’ts have taken the main stage. Argh! I’m not good enough. I’ll never get to where I want to be. I’ll never figure things out. NOT, NEVER, NEVER. That is not, never, never in God’s way of thinking. Nothing is too hard for God and that includes us.
Idea #3: THINK ABOUT LOVELY THINGS
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.Philippians 4:8 (VOICE)
So what am I supposed to do? I chose a photo of a butterfly and a flower because they are lovely and beautiful to me. I can choose what to think about. I can choose to see the things in my life that make me happy and think about my many blessings.
Idea #4: BE HAPPY
For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.Proverbs 15:15 (NLT)
Instead of looking at what troubles I’m facing or what faults I have, I can look at all the happy possibilities God has set before me. That is a life worth living.
Grace & Peace,
(On a side note, I have been inspired by my friend, Sonia Amin’s children’s book Bax and His Bubbles. And Joyce Meyer’s Devotion on the You Version Bible Plan called Trusting God Day By Day.)