Spring is stirring here in North Carolina. I’ve always loved spring as it is a time of renewal. The world is renewed and everything is green again after the grey of winter has gone.
But did you know we can go through a time of renewal as well? Romans 12:2 is about renewing your walk with God by ensuring you’re not “conforming to this world.” As Christians, we are called to be different and stand out from the world. We are to be a light for God and radiate His love. When we walk with the Lord, we are to put aside worldly things and fill our minds with things that are pleasing to Him.
I have found when I am spending more time in God’s word and listening to Christian music, I feel renewed. This spring, I want to focus on renewing my mind so that I may be closer to Him.
If most of us are honest, we will admit that we don’t have it all together. In today’s Pinterest-perfect society, we are expected to be perfectly dressed with perfect makeup, not a hair out of place, with perfectly clean, magazine worthy homes. We are expected to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night, with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved children.
I don’t have that; at least, not all the time. And never all at once. So, who holds us to this impossibly high standard? We do. We hold ourselves to these impossibly high standards we can never meet, but luckily, God does not.
God chose us, even though we are a long way from perfect. We don’t have it all together and God chose us anyway.
Ephesians 1:4 says “For he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” We don’t need to be perfect; we just need Jesus. There are no perfect humans, and there don’t need to be. Jesus already fulfilled the role of the perfect human.
It’s tempting to spend all of our time trying to be perfect and live up to those impossible standards, but instead, let’s put that energy into trying to be like Jesus. He already knows we aren’t perfect and he loves us anyway.
Anxiety is a much greater issue than in the past. Considering some of our current events, it’s easy to see why. Some people may take this to mean that anxiety is a new problem- it isn’t. In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about being anxious.
Recently, my oldest daughter and I began reading Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. There is both an adult version and a young adult version. Both are amazing.
In the book, Lucado defines fear as the belief that something bad might happen and he defines anxiety as the constant thought something bad will happen. Like being in a constant cycle of “what if.”
There is One verse outlined in the first chapter of Anxious for Nothing that I want to share today. Philippians 4 is a small chapter, but it’s filled to the brim with wisdom. Some of my favorite verses are found here.
In Philippians 4:6, God says “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
That verse doesn’t mean we should never be anxious or feel anxious. That’s far easier said than done. What it does mean, is when we feel anxious, we need to find the positives in the situation and be thankful for them….and then ask God to help us through the situation that is causing us anxiety.
Just like last week, when we read that we should cast all our cares upon God because he cares for us. This verse is saying a lot of the same things- when we are anxious, let’s lay that anxiety at God’s feet. After all, he made us and he knows all of our worries, our fears and our feelings. He just wants us to request His help with them.
God knows us, he loves us, and he sees us. He simply wants us to Know, See and Love Him more.
Before I dive into what God has led me to share with you, let me offer a brief disclaimer. I am only a Christian human being, who, like everyone else, struggles and messes up daily. I’m not an expert, I’m not a preacher, and I’m not a Bible scholar. I’m just an imperfect human being who wants to share how God has blessed me. This post isn’t intended to preach to or shame anyone. Believe me, I need this message more than anyone.
I struggle daily with anxiety and worry. I am far from the only one, as anxiety plagues many of us. I wish I had an “off switch” so I could just turn it off when it gets the better of me.
We know it isn’t that simple. I’m currently doing a bit of a self led topical Bible study on anxiety. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying there- I am still continuing therapy, medication and self-care to manage my anxiety, but in order to truly be rooted in God, I need to trust in him to help me as well.
The upcoming school year makes me anxious, both as a teacher and as a parent. After the last two school years, I’m very worried about everything that could potentially go wrong.
The Bible has a lot to say about worry AND anxiety. I’ve decided, as I’ve been studying, to make 1 Peter 5:7 my verse for this school year.
I need this verse to serve as a reminder to pray about the things that make me anxious. God already knows all of our worries and struggles; he’s just waiting on us to give them to Him.
Please share your memory verse for this school year below- I’d love to know them!
I’ve taken a major break from this blog this year: my break has been due to a combination of things: a lack of extra time, s lack of inspiration and a bit of burnout, too. I’ve been trying hard to think about how I want to proceed forward and so far, I’ve come up with what I think is a good direction.
I also remember when I used to do Scripture Sunday, which used to be nothing more than a printable scripture. There wasn’t any true substance to it and there certainly wasn’t any meaning or sharing of God’s word. I felt led to start creating some monthly Bible studies with you all: something we can do at our own pace, without pressure and something we can discuss and share with one another if we led to do so.
I just finished 31 days of Proverbs with some ladies online and I loved it! I’ve decided, since November is “Thanksgiving month” to do a study on what the Bible says about Thankfulness.
I present to you, “30 days of Thankfulness.”
My challenge to myself and to you is this: let’s read one of these verses every day and reflect on these things:
1. Who in this chapter is thankful?
2. For what are they thankful?
3. What meaning does this have in my life?
I would also like to encourage you to journal about the verses and these questions. I have learned so much from journaling about what I read in God’s word.
I am creating a poll on my Facebook page tonight- please weigh in and tell me what you think!!