Our pastor has been teaching us oh so many things. It has been an incredible journey for me. I get waylaid at times, but God says in James 1:2-4 .......
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. (The Message)
I'm afraid my true colors aren't very pleasant to look upon at times. This verse is certainly true in my life. Life has been a challenge lately to say the least. However I'm not discouraged; at least not today. Nothing is really wrong except me and the way I look at and react to circumstances.
Our pastor has talked about making our requests known to God. Phil. 4:6-7 says...
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (The Message)
How I long for God to settle me. I have walked in this at times; I want to walk in it consistently. I think that's why I've been struggling lately. I'm really not sure that "worry" is the correct word to describe my battle though. I am trying to make my requests known to God and trust Him for the outcome. There are no better hands than His to leave myself in.