“This is how I fight my battles. This is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You!” ~UpperRoom
This is the song I woke up to the other day. This song kept playing in my head until I finally sat down and listened to the whole song and received the message I was guided to share. I also love to read the Verse of the Day on Bible.com (Also available as YouVersion app on your mobile device). That day the verse was Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” I don’t believe in coincidences. This is a message I was being led to share.
There is a quote from Rachel Hollis, “Maybe you have been given your mountain to show other people it can be moved.” I feel a strong call to share my experiences with women because God needs you to know that you are not alone. We have all walked through dark times. It isn’t easy but it is important to remember that you can ‘t choose to stop going through the darkness. But you can choose How you go through it. We talk about perspective a lot in our Book Club. If you think you’re going to have a good day, you probably will. If you think you’re going to have a bad day, you probably will. Life can be tough, but you have the power to focus on the good instead of the bad.
Here’s an example, I got to work late one day. Then I had to park 8 blocks away…and wait for a shuttle…then ride 8 blocks to work in morning traffic. Did I mention I was already late? So I started telling myself, “this is going to be a terrible day! I’m starting out late, I don’t have time to get coffee and get to my office.” Then I had to stop myself. HOLD ON! I will NOT let this ruin my whole day! So I tried to find something positive in the experience. I reminded myself I have a salary position. That means I didn’t “clock in” so if I was 10 minutes late, I could just stay 10 minutes late at the end of my day to make up for it. Shew…I dodged a bad day by simply getting my perspective in check!
I have done a lot of self care to get myself to a place where my gut reaction is to find the good in hard situations. It doesn’t come naturally for me. When I feel surrounded by my problems, God helps me work through them. I definitely couldn’t do it on my own.
It may feel like YOU are surrounded….but You’re surrounded by a God that loves you and wants to fight for you. You need only to be still and let Him.
Dear God, please help me to surrender to You and give you all my trials. I don’t want to walk through them but I know you have a purpose and a plan for my life. I trust you to guide me through. Thank you for fighting for me when I don’t have the strength. Thank you for your unconditional love and grace. Amen.
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