Monday, July 21, 2014

Motivational Monday - Lean On, Trust, & Be Confident

Happy Monday everyone!!! This afternoon while I was taking some time to myself  to read my devotion two verses stood out to me that I wanted to share with you. 
The first one is Proverbs 3:5, "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heard and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding".  This verse has always been one of my favorites and so applicable to our daily life. We all have trials and tribulations that we must endure and in those times we usually feel weak and tired where we cannot do or give any more.  But this verse is giving us the solution to when we feel weak, burnt out, and tired...to LEAN ON him, TRUST in him, AND be CONFIDENT in him...even if the problem or answer doesn't make any sense to you, it does to him. He will direct your steps and lay the plan out for you, but you have to do your part and BELIEVE in him.  There have been many times in my life when I ask God "WHY"....why me, why this, when, where, what, who??? The questions are never-ending in my head and only produce worry and anxiety.  So when you start questioning God's plan for you life, stop questioning, and say out loud "God I trust you, I lean on you, and I am confident in your plan for my life"! It is not the fix all so that is where your FAITH comes in but the more you speak truth into your life the more real it will become.
The second verse is Isaiah 30:15, "..."In quietness and in trusting confidence shall be your strength..."This says it ALL for me.  I am a type A personality, a "busy body", nonstop, list-maker, and rest is NOT in my vocabulary.  But with age comes wisdom and with 3 children comes more wisdom...and I have learned that I HAVE TO rest or I get burnt out. I lose my internal peace and lose both peace and patience with my kids when I don't make time to "rest".  For me resting is finding quiet time to read my devotional book, read the bible, listen to a podcast or worship music, or even just laying down in bed for 20 minutes with no noise!!! Rest is good for your soul, your body, mind, and spirit.  God is saying directly in this verse that when you are QUIET you will regain your STRENGTH. And for those of you like me finding "quiet" time can be very hard because you just don't let yourself rest. I have learned though that I am a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend when I rest....I gain clarity and my body and mind is able to turn "off" for a few minutes and relax.  In society today, everything and everyone says "GO GO GO"...we are all on this never-ending hamster wheel and bottom line it is not healthy for us or our family and friends around us to live that type of lifestyle; it is an unstainable lifestyle.  So I want to encourage you all to GET OFF the hamster wheel and find a place to BE QUIET.  Set an alarm on your phone for 5,10,20 minutes and turn your phone on silent, cut out all distractions and be still. Let yourself be strengthened!
xoxo
Ali

 
 


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