Living in An Anxious World

nothing-diminishes-anxiety-faster-than-action-quote-1Recently, I saw a video on Facebook where Max Lucado was touting his new book Anxious for Nothing that comes out September 12th of this year…love me some Max Lucado and can’t wait to pick up what I’m sure will be a page turner!!! 

Enough about my love for all things written by Mr. Lucado….

The information he divulged that grabbed my attention was that he said the U.S. has now become the most anxious country in the world…eek.

Just so you know, I’ve looked everywhere on the internet to find something that supports this data to no avail.  However, I do think that Mr. Lucado has done his own research and probably has some more resources than just Google

These new statistics make me wonder what in the world is going on and what is making us so anxious?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness and affect over 40 million people in the U.S. – which ends up being 18% of the population.  Also, anxiety disorders are more frequent in women than men.

It’s no wonder that God tells us not to be anxious or fearful so much in the Bible!!!  Jeez!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

So, what in the world are we worried about?

Reasons for anxiety are obviously different for everyone, but a few of the culprits might be as follows:

1.       Trying to keep up with the Jones’s

2.       Technology, internet…too much information

3.       Work stress

4.       Too much daily stimulation from outside sources

5.       Traumatic events

6.       Heredity

7.       Chemical, hormonal or physical changes in the body

8.       World events

9.       Achievement motivation

10.   Lack of one-on-one contact due to texting, social media, etc.

What’s interesting about our current cultural anxiety problem is that we are probably safer right now from danger than we have ever been historically.  For example, when was the last time a bear tried to chase you down and eat you? 

It’s been a while for me!!! Hee, hee!

As a fellow fretful American, I can’t tell you how much better I feel knowing that I’m not alone in my anxiety-ridden bubble.  However, the above statistics make me terribly sad that so many people are having similar issues.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. … Matthew 6:25-34

Lack of trust in God is probably one of the main reasons we face an anxious present and future.  We are so busy trying to live life on our own that we forget about what our true mission in life is and Who we belong to…at least I think this is my problem.

I sound like a broken record, but I struggle with self-worth, guilt, shame, trust and faith that are all connected with my Almighty Father – who I should be trusting to take care of my days, needs, and anxiety.  Instead, I try to deal with life by myself and get upset when God doesn’t automatically take my tribulation away.  UGH!

For me, the issue is anxiety, but I would dare say that we all have something that is keeping us from leading the life that God has intended.  Instead of all of this worrying about it…we should be doing something about it!!!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 3:1-4 – My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

 

The Perils of Facebook

FacebookSocial media, and most specifically Facebook (because that’s the one I use), can be the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I mean who doesn’t want to post pictures of their families, cool vacation places, awesome pet videos and funny memes?!?!?!? 

A favorite of mine are the videos of people falling down…my guilty pleasure!!!!

However, besides the fact that Facebook can be a huge time sucker and become addictive – yes, I should be going to the grocery store, washing clothes or writing a GEM, but instead I’m scrolling down my newsfeed – the truth is that the Facebook posts can become a nightmare.

It’s no secret that our kids have issues these days that we didn’t have to deal with in our childhood.  However, today I’m not talking about how our children are using Facebook…I want to discuss how we, the adults, are behaving on it.

Lately, I’ve been very disappointed in and a little horrified by what has been posted and then the subsequent comments by those who profess to be a Christian.

Now don’t get me wrong…you can definitely scroll down my personal page since I’ve been on Facebook and you would find my own negativity, salaciousness or ugliness.  UGH!  So, I’m not at all surprised that it continues today by myself and others.

However, shouldn’t we be promoting positivity, love, kindness and peace in all that we do…even on Facebook? 

The unfortunate truth is the we find ourselves reacting to comments and opinions of others that we disagree with and fall into the dangerous path of conforming to the world around us by arguing, belittling, and offending.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

What happened to turn the other cheek?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:38-39

Sadly, we live in a culture where we think and are told on a regular basis that we need to be heard if we think we are right.  In the world we live in today, this doesn’t stop with telling our friends and family our opinions, but now it entails the world.

What do you think Jesus’s posts and comments would look like?  Hmmm….

I would dare say that Jesus would not become addicted to Facebook or anything for that matter…I mean, He was perfect!

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

He might use social media to disseminate God’s Will, but I doubt He would use it when He should be doing something else or pummel people in His posts or His comments for their beliefs, opinions, thoughts, ideas or feelings.

So, the next time you are on social media…please think before you post or comment.  More importantly, consider what Jesus would say (or in this case write) and try to emulate our Lord and Savior!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

 

We Are What We Think

thoughtsHere I am again.  Jeez!  You’d think I was the most inconsistent person in the world by the way I’ve written GEM in the last year…and, honestly, you’d be right!!  I don’t have any excuse, but I am genuinely sorry.  And please know I’ve missed it, too.

I’ve been contemplating much over my lack of writing and I really have not been very kind to myself.  These thoughts about myself have ranged from laziness, disappointment to others and wasteful of my gifts to what’s wrong with me, I’m washed up and I’m squandering my life. 

The mind is a powerful thing.

Unfortunately, with all of this beating myself up in my head…I’ve really started to believe these things about myself.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right” – Henry Ford

Mr. Ford’s quote is the truth.  The way we think can literally change our lives. So, why do we persist on thinking bad thoughts about ourselves, others and life?

One of the main reasons I am caught in this unrelenting circle is because I find some delusional comfort in knowing I’ve let myself off the hook.  Basically, this means that if my expectations are so low of myself, others and life then I won’t be disappointed by anything that happens along the way.

Clearly, this is not a good place to be, nor should others follow suit!

The question is how do we open our heads and make some crucial changes?  Man, don’t you wish it was as easy as turning on a light switch?  I sure do.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication…. Ephesians 6: 11-18

The bottom line is that any changes worth making take effort and time.  None of us get into this these unhealthy thought patterns overnight and it’s unrealistic to think that we will make such a remarkable transformation in an instant. Although, miracles have been known to happen!! 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

For obvious reasons, I’ve been working on breaking this mold of negative notions and I hope that some of these ideas will help you, too. 

First, I’ve said many prayers asking for healing so that I can make these changes. Secondly, I’ve asked others to pray for me.  And third, I’ve began reading about meditation so that I can be more proactive in learning how to take captive every thought that enters my mind and to dispel the negativity and focus on the positive. 

I’ve also found a few things that are helping me make immediate modifications in the moment I realize I’m going down the path of mindless mayhem.  Every time I catch myself having a negative thought, I:

1.       Stop and breathe.

2.       Say a quick prayer asking the Lord to protect my mind, heart and spirit.

3.       Conjure up the exact opposite of the offending idea.

4.       Take a minute to review what is happening in the moment that might have caused the destructive concept.

5.       Remind myself that I’m a work in progress.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

Beware of what you are thinking!  You might just become exactly what you think you will!

Hope to see you soon!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

 

Hope

hopeIt’s the beginning of November and there are lots of things to look forward to – i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, more football, comfort food, fun gatherings, cooler weather, Hallmark movies (my favorite) and much more!!!  I love this time of year!!

But what if you didn’t feel the hope of tomorrow?  What if you lived in a dim, dark hole without anything to look forward to?  What if every breath felt like a chore instead of a gift?  What if you woke up feeling hopeless and went to bed feeling the exact same way?  EEK!!!

If you’ve never experienced depression, you might not be able to relate to the above questions.  However, I would dare say that many of us have felt like this on some level at least once in our lives.  The circumstances might be different, but the hopeless feelings are about the same…and they stink!!

Hopelessness can happen to the best of us.  It can sink its teeth into the core of our being and suck out the joy and peace that help us endure the toughest of days.  Hopelessness trades living in the light for living in the dark and it’s a very scary, lonely place.

I doubt any of us jump into feeling this way on purpose or even consciously, but sometimes we just find ourselves there. UGH!!!

I think it’s more of a byproduct of our hectic lives where we place more value on things rather than on what really counts.  We get overwhelmed with the daily tasks and forget to be aware of the moments that make our lives matter.

It doesn’t help that the way of world brings hopelessness into view because it’s all about what we don’t have and not about what we do have.

However, when we place our hope in Jesus Christ instead of worldly possessions, we are promised an eternity with Him and that gives us the hope we all long for…even if it’s not an instantaneous fix. (Sure wish it was!!)

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. … Romans 5:1-21

The best way we can combat hopelessness is to remember the many blessings we have been bestowed.  That’s why I think the month of November is a great time to write down something that we are thankful for each day so that we will be reminded of what we have instead of dwelling on what we don’t or what’s wrong.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Don’t let hopelessness overtake you!  Remember your blessings and ask Jesus for His peace, joy and hope!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 23:18 – Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Loving Others

love-like-jesusI recently read a prayer that I thought hit the nail on the head for what we should be praying as often as possible.  (Lord knows I need all the help I can get!!!)

It said, “Dear God, help me to love you and love others today.”

Simple, yet sooooo hard!  And I love how this prayer is based on the two commandments that Jesus gave us that all other commands from God are hinged on.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39

Loving God means we are worshipping Him, trusting Him and obeying Him.  Sounds easy enough, right?

It’s the loving others that I think is the most problematic!!!  I mean, come on, there are a lot of hard to love people out there!!!

However, once again, God doesn’t say “love the people that are easy to love.”  He says, “…love your neighbor as yourself.”  EEK!!!

I think the best guidance we get on how to love our neighbor is from 1Corinthians, Chapter 13.

  1. Love is patient.
  2. Love is kind.
  3. Love does not envy.
  4. Love does not boast.
  5. Love is not arrogant.
  6. Love is not rude.
  7. Love does not insist on its own way.
  8. Love is not irritable.
  9. Love is not resentful.
  10. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing.
  11. Love rejoices with the truth.
  12. Love bears all things.
  13. Love believes all things.
  14. Love hopes all things.
  15. Love endures all things.

Don’t you find it interesting that this scripture tells us more about what love isn’t than what it should be?!?!?

I think it’s because God knows that our own egos and agendas get in the way of love more often than not.  As humans, we want to be right, rather than loving and that is just not what God wants from us.

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18

God wants us to put ourselves in the backseat and place others above ourselves regardless of the circumstances and that isn’t easy at all because, well, we’re downright selfish most of the time!!

We are number one, right?!?!?!  Nope!

Jesus is the example we are supposed to live by and His best illustration of love is that He died for us while we were still sinners.  He loved us even while we nailed him to the cross.

So, shouldn’t we work a little harder to love others??

I encourage you to try this prayer and watch what happens.  Loving our neighbor can only be done with God’s help!!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Where Is God?

gods-testDo you ever wonder where God is?

He promises never to leave or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5), so why can’t we feel His presence sometimes in the midst of hardship, tragedy or strife?

If you’ve ever felt this way, you are not alone!!!

Rick Warren says in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, that this is a normal part of the testing and maturing of our relationship with God.

Yikes!! That kinda stinks!

He goes on to relate many times in the Bible where God’s people (i.e. Job, David, and more) asked where God was and why they couldn’t feel His presence.  (Well, at least we are in good company if we’ve ever felt this way ourselves!!!)

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? Psalms 22:1

The truth is that we all will face this test once or more times in our lives.  The question is whether we will continue to love, trust, obey and worship God when it does happen.

To have faith in God isn’t necessarily about experiencing peace, joy or something magnificent.  It means we have faith even when we feel like there is nothing to have faith in.

Easier said than done.

God doesn’t promise we will always FEEL His presence or feel right about a situation or even feel good, but He does promise to NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE US.

Taking our emotions out of the equation and keeping our faith will help us remember these promises even when times are hard and the devil is gloating in our misery.

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2Corinthians 1:20

We must also remember that God is to be praised no matter what our circumstances are.

Rick Warren gives six reasons to praise God in the midst of painful situations that help me when things aren’t going my way:

  1. God is good and loving.
  2. God is all-powerful.
  3. God notices every detail of our lives.
  4. God is in control.
  5. God has a plan for my life.
  6. God will save us.

Number six gives me the most hope because it tells me that even though I am not worthy of saving, He does it anyway!!!  How awesome is that?!?!?!

So, the next time you don’t have a clue where God is, remember that He is right there in the midst of your pain and that He loves you more than you can imagine.

Praise His Name and don’t lose faith.  God is good, all of the time!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Eternity

eternityHow often do we think about eternity?  Probably not often enough considering we will be spending a very long time there!!!

I mean, REALLY THINK about ETERNITY for a minute….  WOW!  It’s pretty overwhelming.

In fact, it’s downright hard to contemplate “forever” when we are in the midst of the daily drama of this life.  However, the truth is that our lives here on earth are just not that long, but eternity is forever.

So, why don’t we consider our lives as the testing ground that they are for the home we will be spending eternity in?  Hmmmm….

Well, it’s more than likely we get sidetracked with all of the worldly things we are surrounded by and just don’t take the time to ponder the afterlife as often as we should.

With our continual bombardment of instant gratification and our stubborn pride, we really don’t stand much of a chance to see how this life is actually the stepping stone for a life forever with God in His kingdom.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

Our earthly life is basically one big test to see if we love God and what we will do with the many gifts He provided us.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1Peter 4:12-13

Not that we can “earn” our way to heaven because that ticket is a gift with our believing in Jesus Christ, but we can make our earthly lives more fulfilling by realizing that this isn’t the end-all-be-all.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I don’t know about you, but I really want to hear God tell me that I was a good and faithful servant when I meet Him on Judgment Day.  I desperately want to die knowing that I fulfilled His purpose, used His gifts and shared my talents for His Glory.

However, I doubt I will do the best job if I don’t remember that a successful earthly life is not what I’m striving for.

What is your eternity going to look like?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 21:20 – Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Prayers

5c42912542c95fdaa00583e4f885a49eDon’t you love it when you can see your prayers being answered?!?!?!  I sure do.

In fact, I’ve watched my prayers be answered twice in the past week and I just had to share the small miracles I witnessed.

Both had to do with me getting back into running.  I’ve laid off running for quite some time, so getting back into it has been really, really (and I mean really) hard!!!  Especially since I have a few extra pounds that I’m bringing along with me!!!

Anyway, the other day I was on my last mile and I prayed to God to help me finish and I heard a small whisper telling me I could do it and that I would be blessed at the end.  Huh!  Okay!

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19

Now, you must understand that I’m running in 98 degree heat in the middle of Texas with no shade in sight!!! UGH!!!  What am I thinking?!?!?

Well, as I past my stopping point, I saw these two men who smiled at me and one said, “Hope you enjoy this.”

I had no clue what he was talking about until all of a sudden all of the sprinklers around me turned on and sprayed me all the way home!!  It was SO NICE!!  Thank you, God!

The next day as I was, again, running the last mile, I prayed to God that I needed Him desperately to get me to my stopping point and that I’d love to see how He got me the water I was dying for since I still had at least a half mile to get to my house.

Not two seconds later, this car came to a screeching halt beside me with a man hollering “Hey baby”!  Of course, I jumped, screamed and about had a heart attack until I realized it was my husband who handed me a bottle of water!!!!

Can you believe that?!?!?!  I was stunned and VERY THANKFUL!!!

These two encounters with God really helped me realize that God is with us always.  He’s there in the big things and in the little day to day things if we will just acknowledge His presence and invite Him into every moment of every day.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1John 5:14-15

There’s no doubt that we all pray hoping we will get our prayers answered.

Of course, we’d really like them answered the way we want so that our plans, hopes and desires are met to our specifications…right?!?!?!

But, many times, prayers are met with silence or worse…the big fat “No”!

This doesn’t mean we stop praying.  It means we start praying for different things like a change of heart or different desires so that we will be aligned with God’s Will and not necessarily our own.

Prayer is God’s gift to us to have open communication with Him.  We just have to USE it!!!!

God is always with us and when we open our eyes to Him we will be amazed by the many miracles we get to witness!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 15:29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Living in the Dash

live-your-dashToo many of us have one foot in the past and one foot in the future – so much so, that we forget to live in the dash!!!

The dash is the line between our birthdate and our death date that we will all have on our tombstone one day.  (Hopefully, later rather than sooner!!!)

These dashes all look the same at first glance, but they are way different upon further inspection.

Some of those dashes may be full of joy, laughter, sorrow and pain – which is what life is full of anyway.

However, all too often the dashes are a desolate waiting ground where we’ve spent too much time paralyzed by fear, worry and anxiety instead of actually living.

The dash represents the present and what we are doing with it!!!!  It would serve us well to remember that we only get one chance and we’d better make it count!

However, if we are living in the past or the future we miss living the dash as we should by actually LIVING our purpose, therefore, doing what God wants us to do in this life.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. James 1:22-23

There are lots of clichés about the present being a gift, but they are all worthless if they don’t inspire us to make changes and start living in our dash.

So, what is it that can make us LIVE each day free from the burdens of life and careless in the care of Jesus Christ?  (I can’t take credit for the “careless in the care of Jesus Christ” because that came from my preacher’s sermon on Sunday and I just LOVED IT!!!)

Well, the main thing we have to do is get to know Jesus Christ in order to be in His care.

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3

Developing our relationship with Jesus isn’t as hard as it might sound.  In fact, we make it difficult instead of just doing it most of the time.

All we have to do is ask Him to help us.

For example, for the past several months I’ve felt like my own relationship with Jesus has taken its own hiatus.  So, a few weeks ago I started praying that He reveal Himself to me and for me to grow closer to Him.

Guess what?

He’s done just that.  Lately, I’ve felt His presence, seen His miracles and heard His voice…AND I’ve responded to His calling.

Funny how that works.

Living in the dash is a choice and that choice defines what type of life we will have lived when that day comes when they put our tombstone out for everyone to see.

Will we have lived well or will we have lived waiting?

It’s up to us what our dash is going to look like.

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Living Bravely

braveThere are some moments in life where we just have to pull up our big girl panties (or big boy boxers) and move forward.

Even when there is no plan in sight, sitting still is just not an option.  We will never get anything accomplished if we do that!!!

Yes, of course, there are times to be still, but there are also those moments when DOING something counts big time in answering God’s call to be His people.

Therefore, we have to live bravely in a world that tells us we aren’t good enough; we are too old, too young, not smart enough and so on.

But God IS ENOUGH!!!

Living bravely doesn’t have to mean that you are setting the world on fire with your awesome ideas, talents and gifts.  It could be as small as getting out of bed each day and putting food on the table because that is where you are today.

The point is to put out the effort and allow God to do the rest!  Responding to God’s call doesn’t mean you do it all…it means you allow God to use you as his vessel of action in the world!

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18

Unfortunately, many of us are waiting for the BIG MOMENT when God speaks (loudly) to us and tells us exactly what to do and when.

Uhhhh…it doesn’t work that way.

God can speak to us in many ways and we must be open to hearing what He has to say.  We can’t allow ourselves and our own ideas of how things should go to get in the way of His Will for our lives.

Even if you are waiting on God…the wait is supposed to be ACTIVE!

Sitting around waiting for God to act IS NOT what we are supposed to be doing.

We are to live our lives to the best of our ability while praying, studying scripture and staying as close to God’s presence as possible.

These disciplines are the way we know that we are in His Will and not acting on our own desires.

And let’s be honest, most of us have a plan that we want God to work out for us and we aren’t willing to change that plan or do the grunt work that God has planned for us instead.

Hmmm…a change of heart is needed.

Living bravely means trusting God to have my best interests at heart and truly giving my life, plans, livelihood and everything in between to HIM!!

Go out and live bravely today!!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 18:9 – Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.