when thoughts of my future overwhelm me…

yikes, it’s been ages since I’ve posted… that’s what happens when I manage to keep myself busy with this and that… slowly but surely, I’m thinking more and more about where God may be leading me in the future… it’s almost daunting to think and even to pray about it… but read few words from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” that really encouraged me, and helped me put everything into perspective:

Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and return to Me.  I will show you the next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that.  Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go.

Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role.  Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people.  This produces feelings of pride or inferiority; sometimes, a mixture of both.  I died for your sins, so that I might clothe you in My garments of salvation.  This is how I see you: radiant in My robe of righteousness.  (Isaiah 61:10; Proverbs 3:11-12)

Bring Me your prayer and petition with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6) saying: “Thank You, Jesus, for this opportunity to trust You more.”  Though the lessons of trust that I send to you come wrapped in difficulties, the benefits far outweigh the cost.

Many voices vie for control of your mind, especially when you sit in silence.  You must learn to discern what is My voice and what is not.  Ask My Spirit to give you this discernment.  Walk closely with Me each moment, listening for My directives and enjoying My  Companionship.  My sheep know My voice and follow Me wherever I lead.  (John 10:4)

Refuse to worry!  In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry.  That is the nature of a fallen fractured planet!

Make friends with the problems in your life!  Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be.  The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance.  The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.  The best way to befriend your problem is to thank Me for them.

Even if you falter as you journey through life, I will never let go of your hand.  Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in a responsive mode: being on the lookout for all that I am doing.  This sounds easy, but it requires a deep level of trust, based on the knowledge that My way is perfect.  (Psalm 37:23-24; Psalm 18:30)

Walk by faith, not by sight!  If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you.

Don’t take yourself so seriously.  Lighten up and laugh with Me.  You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about?  I can equip you to do absolutely anything, as long as it is My will.

I’m learning what it means to find joy in the journey, and enjoy every step of it!

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