If you feel like the world’s been getting the better of you recently, you are not alone. I’ve felt that way several times over the past few months.
I've been doing my best to do things that I know are good for me. To remain grounded, I stay consistent with exercise, even when my heart isn't in it. I limit my news and social updates to 1-2x a day to help me stay informed without feeling consumed and overwhelmed. This isn't about burying my head in the sand. It's about taking care of my mental health so I can take consistent positive action.
Taking a moment for yourself doesn't eliminate your ability to help. It's okay to turn off the news, put down your phone, and take a walk outside. Staying informed and having empathy requires energy and mental bandwidth, so it's important to take care of yourself.
And THE ONE MAIN thing that sets up all the other things that are good for me is spending time with God at the start of each day. Reading His word, reflecting on it, and then entering into a conversation with Him.
Some days that’s a short read and a quick conversation. Sometimes it happens throughout the day. No matter when or how many times, this one action supports and elevates everything else. It provides perspective, develops character, builds trust, and encourages patience.
While few things ever seems to go as I originally planned, and always takes far longer to develop, I’m a grateful for the experiences in the valley’s that have taught me so much and ultimately have made me better. To trust in His plans, His way, His purpose.Knowing that God is at the wheel and He is always faithful.
God is the God of promise. Faith involves trusting the promises of God. God makes a promise; faith believes it, hope anticipates it, patience quietly waits for it.
Regardless of what challenge or trial you or I face in the days to come, Christ declared that our correct position of faith is to “be of good cheer” because He has overcome it already! — John 16:33
To my fellow sojourners in this adventure called life, here's the golden nugget – trust in God's promises, sprinkle in some patience, and there you have it. A recipe not just for survival but for thriving in the midst of life's chaos. Embrace the uncertainties, navigate through the valleys, and remember, you've got a divine co-pilot steering the ship.
“I trust in You, God, and in Your timing. I may not see the light yet, but I hope in what's to come.” It's a declaration of trust, hope, and the anticipation of a brighter future.
With faith and hope,
P.S. Our hope is not based on some vague optimism or wishful thinking. It is trust in the unbreakable promises of God.