Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
It has gotten very windy here in Michigan as a winter storm looms ahead of us and as I saw this tree rolling in the wind down the street it gave me pause to reflect upon how I was feeling last night as I looked through all the news-feed statuses on Facebook. I saw every range of emotion from happy to sad, ecstatic to depressed and laughter to pure anger at the world. So many different views of the year ahead of us and of the one left behind. For those of who are dwelling in Christ, we know that a new year brings new challenges but also new blessings. As I look forward to moving into a new home, I know the only way I will obtain it is through faith in God. Nothing is too big for God and even though I cannot see a way right at the moment, surely Daddy has a plan. The main thing I felt as I read through some of the statements and knowing who had written them, I sighed, knowing how much more God has for them if they would only lay it all down and call out to Him in faith.
As in the last two things I needed to move through in my life, getting my smile remodeled and getting a new home, I had to go through a period of letting God know how I felt and then letting it go. Yes I screamed into the darkness. I lost my temper and just let it all out. I begged and pleaded. I did everything but bargain with God (I know that is not how it works) and now in the moment where I am just letting things go and my focus in only on God in my life, things are happening. Know how I did it? Once I stopped complaining, God could hear my true pleas. I was living under my circumstances and not above, I seemed to have just assumed my position as the victim and accepted my surroundings. Um, excuse me? Who was I fooling? I am a child of the King and He wants the best for me but if I keep SPEAKING myself into this pit, this is where I will stay.
I am not sure where I am going with this blog at the moment, as it has taken a turn from where I thought I was going, must be a God thing. We have all lost hope at some point or another and allowed ourselves to just blow along with the wind. We play the “woe is me” game everyday and begin to speak “unlife” into our situations. Gee, every time I go to get gas they raise the prices.” Every time I check my bank account there is less money than I think.” “The gas bill will be too much to pay.” “Every time I go to the store I don’t have enough money.” “I get sick every time I go to that restaurant.” ON and ON, day after day, we speak life right out of our lives. Aren’t you tired of that? Am I speaking to anyone?
Okay, true example of a lesson I learned about speaking the “every time” phrase, well actually two of them. One was at work concerning the computer. When our boss would go out of town the first thing out of our mouths would be, “there goes our computer” and I am not kidding, something major would happen. As soon as I learned the principal of not speaking such things, our computer has been fine. My other life example concerned our cars. The first time my husband totaled one of our cars was just after we had filled the tank completely full. Not having a lot of money we never filled the tank to full. Well, the next time he crashed, guess what? It was just after we filled the tank to full. After that we NEVER filled any of our cars to full. I lived under this “curse” until I separated from my husband when I had run out of gas because I was too afraid to put a full tank in. I learned to rise above this and have since been filling my gas tanks without hesitation because I have learned how not to speak such things into existence.
I am praying for a change of some minds in 2012. Nothing is impossible even though the world would like you to believe so. I challenge you this year to speak LIFE where once you were cursing your life. Stop yourself the next time you begin to say, “Every time…..” and evaluate what you are about to speak into your life. As for me and my family, we ARE moving this year. We WILL be turning our finances around. We WILL be healthy. We WILL have enough of everything because God will provide just as He promises in the Bible. Will you choose to live above your circumstances or stay blowing in the wind? Now I am not promising you a bed of rose or an easy road, but I know for sure God wants you to have abundant life in Him and the only way it will happen is if you start to speak life not death in your very existence.
Start today. Don’t know how to start? A friend of mine had a very good idea of starting a Thanksgiving Journal. Begin to write down the things you are thankful for. Be basic. Your car, your house, your wife, your clothes, your food….anything God has provided for you. Do this everyday. Today the pastors wife shared she is writing on the calendar each day “Today is a Good Day”, this is a great way to start claiming life! Whatever you choose to do, do it with prayer. Begin to rebuild your relationship with God. I know you will see a difference in your life in a very short period of time. Just keep in mind it will take discipline to accomplish this and that’s where it all begins. Faith leads to renewed hope and I have enough faith that those who need to read this blog are reading it right now and God is stirring up some emotions and desires to change. I pray each of you find something in every moment of life to be thankful for.