As I watched the ball drop, and heard the countdown, then hearing everyone celebrating in the new year, I had mixed feelings. With 2012 being a year of ups and downs, several changes – good & bad, spending much time soul searching, being still & waiting upon God, with His help healing in my recovery of codependency, finding myself, and yet not knowing what the future holds, I was glad 2012 was over, but a sense of fear and anxiety went through my mind of the “what if’s” that could happen in 2013. Then I sat down, journaled my thoughts and feelings, prayed, and realized I was allowing the fear of the unknown to try and take over my life with anxiety. But once I stopped the chaotic “what ifs”, and let my mind “be still”, and place my hope in our almighty God and His love and promises…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” — Philippians 4:6
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” — Psalm 16:11
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety.” — Psalm 4:7-8
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope, and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
…trusting in Him, not in myself, helped me change my attitude expecting instead many great blessings from above, physical, emotional and financial abundance, & making the choice to live life with hope, peace & joy in my life, having confidence in the one who is in control of everything, the one who has already won the battle, defeated death–loves me and those I love, cares for us, wants what’s best for us, and knows what that is — therefore, I choose to give God myself daily, asking Him to shine His love through me in whatever I do and say, to allow me the privilege to encourage others, pray for others, love others and leave them in good hands of their creator and loving heavenly Father. After journaling and praying my fears and feelings to our heavenly father, claiming His promises, and praising Him for His love, watch and care over me and those I love — it was just like Him to comfort me in what I was feeling through these words in the book, “God’s Abundance” (written in blue):
“…We all face challenges every year, yet some years seem more daunting than others. At those times, the future seems forbidding. The abundant life seems difficult to reach. Yet, I recognize now more than ever before, the need to press forward and live. Live fully. Live courageously. And most importantly, live without fear of continued suffering touching my life or the lives of those I love.
I recognize this life is peppered with pain and injustices of every sort–this is the human condition and none are immune from it. For me to hide myself away and allow part of life’s ills to immobilize me would be the saddest of tragedies. In truth, it would be the greatest irony of all–for the losses would be ever more compounded if I succumb.
So this year, I choose to put behind me the fears I feel about the unknown. I consciously decide to embrace the future, facing each circumstance with joyful expectancy and hopeful anticipation rather than with fearful pausing and hesitancy. I will live my life with the integrity which can only be earned by relinquishing my selfish securities and unattainable control over the mystery of life itself. I am determined to make this the best year yet!
What fears are you facing? Let God speak hope to your heart. He knows His plans for you and they are meant only for helping you grow in abundant living.”
Isn’t our God amazing? So, for those of you who had similar feelings when the new year rang in, I hope this blog has helped encourage you, and has given you the confidence to move forward in hope, peace & joy through the love of our creator and heavenly Father. With that I leave you several good quotes from others who opened their hearts and listened to our loving heavenly Father throughout their lives as well. God bless!
“The secret lies in how we handle today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Today…that special block of time holding the keys that locks out yesterday’s nightmares and unlocks tomorrow’s dreams.” — Charles Swindoll
“So often we pray and then fret anxiously, waiting for God to hurry up and do something. All the while God is waiting for us to calm down, so He can do something through us.” — Corrie Ten Boom
“The fierce grip of panic need not immobilize you. God knows no limitation when it comes to deliverance. Admit your fear. Commit it to Him. Dump the pressure on Him. He can handle it.” — Charles Swindoll
“Faith is having a positive attitude of what I can do, and not worrying at all about what I can’t do.” — Joyce Meyer