This is probably my favorite verse in the bible. There are so many comforting verses, verses that comfort me on different things. When I need comfort, this one usually isn’t the first one I turn to. But yet I think its the one I need most at times. That is why I have it painted on my craft room wall. There is so much worry, heartbreak, loss, and sadness in the world. Life is not always easy. I kind of feel like my life is a roller coaster sometimes! I am up feeling great, so close to God, then all of the sudden I am feeling distant, worried, and fearful. That’s how I have been feeling lately, so here I am writing to you. It seems to help me, sort through my thoughts and get it out.
Be still and know that I am God. Such a simple verse, but so powerful at the same time. When I clear my head of all the worry and stress, I know that God will never leave me, he is always there no matter what happens. I have been thinking alot about the tornado’s that just hit. Here I sit, in a warm house, with my coffee and just 8 miles away there is such destruction and people with everything gone and no home anymore. It breaks my heart. Lately things haven’t gone the way I planned them. Extra bills came up, and I got frustrated that all our hard work and money is going to something not planned for. I got frustrated and fed up. Why? Probably because discontentment had crept up in my life. Comparing myself to others and wishing I had that…but really nothing is ours. We are just managing it for God. So I have no right to be discontent. Now with complete houses gone, I am ashamed to think I complain at all about anything. Everything in this life, God has given me to manage, not control.
I have also been struggling a little bit in the blogger world. I started this blog because I wanted to be an encouragement to others. Then it started to get more views, and I started to worry, oh no I need to come up with posts people will love. My focus shifted from wanting to help, to how can I write posts people will like. You see I am a people pleaser and I want everyone to be happy. I started to worry that my posts were stupid. I feel God telling me, just be still. I need to get back to writing posts from the heart, instead of just because I think it will be a great post.
Overall I think I just need an attitude adjustment! I know at times, I think I am doing great, and then God kind of nudges me and tells me “hey, you let go of my hand, please come walk beside me again.” And I learn a great lesson. So if you are struggling, I pray that God will comfort you. That you can be still and know that he is there for you.
I good friend shared this on her Facebook page and it really encouraged me. I know I get way too consumed with the things of the earth. This really helps me get my thoughts and attitude in the right spot.
Please pray for Washington, IL and also those who were effected by the tornado in Pekin, East Peoria, and Roanoke, IL.