I’m going to be real transparent with you all here and share that I’ve been really struggling lately. I’ve cried a lot, and I feel like I’ve been under attack by the enemy. The enemy has been making me feel thoughts of failure and frustration and discontentment.
Every morning when I wake up I start my day with the app, First 5. It’s based on Proverbs 31 Ministry and that is spearheaded by Lysa TerKeurst. It’s a quick little devotional with scriptures and life application. It’s awesome. When I opened the app this morning after battling with all of this, the very first quote said, “Think according to truth. Live according to truth. Then God’s hope will be displayed.”
You know how sometimes we get into our own heads and we begin to start feeling badly about ourselves and our situation, and it can take you on a downward spiral quickly, right? When a critical thought shows up, we cannot simply let it make itself at home in our mind. We cannot let that negative thought set up shop. If we do, that one negative thought leads to another negative thought, and before we know it we are full of negativity. It can happen so easily. The app then gave 3 questions to ask yourself when you begin feeling this way:
- Is this thought in line with the truth?
- Is this thought in line with who God says you are?
- Is this thought in line with who I want to be?
It then said if the answer was no to any of these questions, then we must correct and redirect that thought with the truth of God’s word. We have to live by His truth. We cannot let life and circumstances and struggles and frustrations and feelings turn us into self-doubting people. That is not who we are. It is now who we are in His eyes, that’s not who we should be in our own eyes, and that’s not how we’re supposed to live our lives.
Does this mean you’re never going to struggle? No. Does that mean that life’s always going to go the way you want it? No. Does that mean that it’s going to happen exactly according to your perfect timeframe? No. Whatever it is that you’re dealing with right now, God’s got it. And He reminded me of that big time.
He reminded me that there are times in life when things just simply aren’t easy. I look back on my life and I can think of 4 to 5 big things in my life where it was a struggle to get to the end result. When I was upset recently and crying to God to ask Him why I was struggling so much, He said to me, “Christy, have I ever made the things that mattered most in your life easy?” The answer is no. He hasn’t. But as I look back at all those things and how they happened in my life, I would do it all the same way again in a heartbeat because the end result was so worth it.
When we’re feeling bad or like we’re in times of struggle, what He really wants us to do is look to Him. Tell Him of your struggles and give it up to Him. Do not allow those negative and critical thoughts live in your mind. Decide that you’re not going to accept them. Decide that you are going to try to see yourself the way God sees you.
I hope this helps someone today because it really helped me. My hope is that by being really honest and raw with all of you, I can let you know that you’re not alone if you feel like you’re struggling.
Have a blessed day!