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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Be still and know.....

  .....that I am God!!
Psalm 46:10 a (KJV)
 
Seems like I'm always full of questions.  
On my last job....when I first started it....my boss commented on how she was glad that I wasn't afraid to ask a question if I wasn't sure how she wanted something done.  How else will we learn if we don't ask?!?!

I'm a member of an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Sunday school class.  It's an all ladies class, but we are a very diverse group when it comes to ages.  There are even a mother-daughter duo in our class.  I love that because it gives us a different perspective on things, depending on experience....and some of  the ladies who are a bit older than me....are such sweet, precious mentors to me!!!

But....back to asking questions....seems like as we listen to either of our teachers, something will come to mind that I want the other ladies' opinion about.  As I mentioned on Monday in my "mish-mash", I had a situation last week that I struggled with.  I took it to the Lord in a "down on my knees" prayer.  Often when I do that....I'm still struggling with it and trying to handle on my own before I even get back up!!!  

Why is that?  
If we have the confidence in our Lord to take a struggle to Him....then, why do we still try to handle it ourselves?

And....that was my question to the ladies in our class.....not about my particular trouble....but about how can we turn loose of whatever it is and allow God to handle it.

All thru the day.....as I would start to get concerned.....
(I refuse to use the word 'worry'!!)
....and anxiety would creep back in.....I would immediately say those words "get thee behind me satan".....and even say out loud....
"Lord, it's Your problem, now...not mine".  
What peace that brought to me!!!  
Knowing that God was in control....and I didn't have to try to "fix" anything.....because the problem was now HIS!!!

Here are a few suggestions that I have when it comes to 'concern'
(okay, worry).....

*****Once I've prayed about a situation.....take the time to  calm down.....even sit quietly and try to shut the world out....to allow some of the anxiety to pass....hence, the title of my post.  I need to "be still and know" that God is God....He's got everything under control!!!

*****I'm learning that often the peace that we feel....is our answer.  It doesn't have to be a definite "no", or "yes'....it's just the peace in knowing that it belongs to God....and He has my very best interest at heart!!!

*****READ MY BIBLE
Find scripture that will speak to me....and bring me comfort.


*****Allow God to speak to me thru others.  Be alert to what others are saying and what I read and songs I listen to....that just might be God answering my prayer and I was too busy to hear!!!

*****When I have a naggy feeling inside about something....then often that is a reminder from God....

1 Corinthians 14:33 a (KJV)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.....
 
So.....how do you all handle struggles?
When you take them to the Lord, do you try to be an "Indian giver" and yank them back out of the Lord's hands and handle them yourself?
I would love to hear y'all's feedback....and any suggestions you might have!!!

Wednesday Blessings to each of you, my precious readers!!

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

4 comments:

  1. I'm sure a lot of us have done the give it and take it back whenn it comes to giving it to the Lord. I know I have and I have tried to fix it myself and it never works out for the good. But it is a work in progress to trust the Lord and let Him deal with it. I have gotten better but as it was stated in Sunday school we are human. God is always working on me and I just love that and He is very patient. Great post, love ya....:)

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  2. As I read your post this morning, I am thinking of something that is "bugging" me. I think we need to let things bug us for a bit in order to udnerstand all the aspects of the situation, that we have no control over it and then when we give it to GOD, and bedone with it!

    That is how I do it. Once I hand it over, I am done with it!

    Have a blessed day!

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  3. I just finished a post on my blog that features Jeremiah and a few of the ways that God is speaking to me through that book. Then I clicked onto Mary's Small Town blog, and at the top of the list of blogs that she follows (right above my own blog) I see Jeremiah 29:11. I HAD to come read. Wonderful thoughts, wonderful post. Thanks!

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  4. This is SO powerful and just what I needed to hear. I am CONSTANTLY taking my problems and worries to the Lord and laying them at Him feet. However, I often find myself sneaking back to Him very quietly and trying to take them back before He notices. Yeah, right! I fight myself on this constantly. Why can't I just let Him have them? I know He can do a much better job with things than I ever could, but still I take them back. *sigh*

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