I remember the day when I decided I didn’t want to walk in fear anymore… and so the rest is history! And sometimes I find that I still lose my way.
“Love casts out fear” is what the scripture says… and I know that although we must have a certain amount of fear inside because the fear to a certain degree is healthy and can protect us but it should never be in excess that it can cripple us. So I like to find ways to help remove and stop all my fears and doubts from overtaking me especially because I believe I was born for such a time as this.
And one of the ways in which I have done this is to stay clear of watching and reading about too much bad news and take a break because it basically creates and cultivates an unhealthy state of mind. So it’s good to fill up my waking days doing the things that can bring me joy.
In times like these, I find joy watching outside my window the antics of my adorable little cats and dogs and even watching videos of the cutest little pets. It is amazing how God’s little creatures have a way of putting back on a smile to your face and change perspective.
Doing something crafty, watering a few plants, reading an inspiring and delightful book, watching a good movie, playing a board game with someone I love, pampering myself and dressing up, decorating, listening to music, watching a favorite TV serial, learning a new foreign language, reading my bible, meditating on God, living my best life and cultivating my mind into thinking on good things help ease my mind and bring back the peace I desperately need.
I believe if you are alive and breathing then you are meant to be here and that’s it in a nutshell. We all have a purpose in living life and are our brother’s keepers. We are all here to encourage one another and be good, kind, and loving to each other. So being positive and having faith to believe God is very much in control of all things in life and of all people is so much better than allowing worry to take up too much space in our minds. And when I see bad things happening to good people I lean in on God hard.
I know there are some issues in life that seem unavoidable and inevitable and that we find uncomfortable dealing with but that’s when you do your best and let God do the rest. But it does not mean that I should stop working on cultivating joy, peace, and happiness in my world. Even the littlest and simple things in life bring about joy. So being very cautious about who and what I allow into my life is very important to me if I want to hold on to the little joy, peace, and happiness I have while in the midst of a troubling world.
I know it looks like evil is gaining and winning and it makes you wonder where is God in all of this. But just when my mind drifts to the point that doubt and disbelief want to set it’s self up in my soul and set up residence by hanging up curtains in the kitchen, it seems like God would always send me an angel of some sort. It seems like he would send someone to me and set things in motion to remind me that “He” is still in control and always will be. He is truly amazing and the one I need to keep me on the path of the straight and narrow because I know I don’t like how bad it feels when I’m in fear and have lost my way.
So I send out best wishes to many who are in the midst of so much that is bringing on feelings of unrest, trouble, fear, struggle, pain, and loss. I would encourage you to believe the Almighty God knows what’s best for us all and is still in control of all things good and bad.
May the grace of God, love, and peace abide in the hearts of many. May blessings, love, joy, and peace abound even in such a time as this…