Okay, so, it’s confession time.  I have spent way too much time in the past 2 weeks being upset, hurt, frustrated, sad, irritated, concerned and not the kind of person who is very fun to be around….ask my husband!

Now, grant it there have been some very big issues that have arisen in life in the past couple of weeks.  Let’s face it, sometimes life is just plain hard.  But, what I was discovering was that the more I let one thing get to me, the more I saw the negative in other things.  The more I saw the negative in things the larger those issues began to loom.  I became “just a bit” overwhelmed by the struggles in the lives of loved ones.  I became disheartened with seeing things in other people’s lives that should have driven me to prayer, not to negative emotions.  I became burdened by the pain and hardship that is pervasive in this world.

And then, God did what God does best.  He sent just the “right” devotion at just the “right” time.  In this devotional, the writer asked a question about whether or not the reader was happy.  And immediately my answer was “NO, I’m not happy”…and then this “gentle voice” reminded me of joy and peace and contentment and rest and love and forgiveness and grace and mercy and the list goes on.

I am not called to be happy.  Yes, I know, many people would disagree with me.  But, in the world’s eyes happiness is so convoluted.  But, in the midst of “all” of these mountains that seemed to be in my way, God reminded me that He is bigger than the mountains.  His love is deeper than the oceans.  His faithfulness goes farther than the heavens.  And, I am called to walk with this God.  My God.  I am called to let go of every hurt, every disappointment, every upset, every frustration, every sadness, every irritation, and every concern.  My God is bigger than all of those. I am called to walk in His strength, His joy, His power, His hope…and the list goes on…

I often say, when you let go of one thing, you have to replace it with something else, or the one thing will return.  Hmmm, sounds kind of like Philippians 4:8 or Colossians 3:1-2.  If I allow my mind and my heart to remain on those issues I will continue the downward spiral that the enemy so wants for me.  But, if I replace those thoughts with the truth of God’s word, then I rise above in His power, which is what HE wants for me.  I don’t know, let’s see…do I want what God wants for me or what the enemy wants for me…shall I say “DUH”???

“Lord, for this day, please help me to keep my heart and mind secured in You and not the struggles I see.  Help me to have a constant, consistent thankful heart to see all of Your blessings no matter what they look like and no matter how they might be disguised.  Help me to remember that You really are working what’s best in my life and in the lives of those I love and in doing that You may just have to send the struggles in order to make us stronger.  Thank-You then for those struggles.  Glory to Your Name.”

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