Our Problems Disappear

where-all-problems-go-away-true-story-‚öĹūüĎĆ-7856435We all need a place to escape sometimes. ¬†For some of us it is a soccer game, as in this¬†picture here. ¬†For others it is something a little (or a lot) more destructive, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, and the list goes on. ¬†

What are we escaping from?

We escape from ¬†work, family problems, financial problems, heartache, health problems, etc. ¬†Problems are many times the focus of our attention because we are drawn to what hurts at the moment. ¬†It’s like when we stub out little toe;¬†we grab our toe and moan until the pain subsides. ¬†Likewise, most of us focus on our problems or pain until it goes away.

What is the real problem?

The real problem is not work, the family, finances, heartache, or heath, etc.  It is our focus.  What is our focus.  I have found that the more I focus on myself, the more problems I seem to have.  I am always concerned about what I want, how I feel; and I complain about what is not perfect and who is not doing what I want.  

Change of focus

So where should our focus be? ¬†Many times in my life I have felt my focus being pulled away from my own problems when I see another bigger problem out there somewhere. ¬†Out in the world, in my community, or among my friends. ¬†When I see a catastrophe like war, tsunamis, or poverty ¬†or when I see a friend get evicted from their home or someone I know loses a family member, that is when my problems seem to disappear. ¬†In the light of major catastrophes or serious problems all around me, my problems seems to be a trivial matter. ¬†So the problem is not my situation. ¬†It is my focus. ¬†It is my response to my problems. ¬†Do I sit and sulk? ¬†Do I worry and complain? ¬†Do I have a pity party and wonder when I will get my way, when my kids will finally behave, when my bills will ever get paid? ¬†If so, I end up worrying and becoming depressed. ¬†However….

 Focus on Jesus

If I focus on Jesus, first of all, I know He has the answer and with Him I can get through the problem. ¬†My problem may not actually disappear, but I do not worry about it because “Papa” will take care of it and see me through it.

Focus on others

Prayer is a wonderful thing.  When I pray for myself, I can focus on Jesus and know he has my problems in His hands and will fix everything until I feel okay again. When I pray for others, I get my focus off of myself and realize that I am not alone in my battles, pain, and heartaches.  

When I see what is happening in the world I still know that God is sovereign and is not up there wringing his hands wondering what to do.  He has it all under control. Sure, He gave some authority to us and commanded us to take charge of things on Earth, but He is there to help us if we ask Him.  

JOY

I once heard the definition of Joy as Jesus Others Yourself. ¬†That is what our focus should be. ¬†Jesus first, others second, and ourselves last. ¬†We are here to Worship God. ¬†That is our primary focus. ¬†Then we are also here to love others. ¬†Sometimes our focus should be on them more than ourselves. ¬†Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” ¬†We should thing of others needs. ¬†Although we should not neglect ourselves, we should just realize that when we put others first at times, our problems seem smaller or even non existent as we focus on something else.

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Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc. ¬†We will notice people who don’t care any more. ¬†There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world. ¬†What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today. ¬†Take divorce for example. ¬†It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly. ¬†Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental. ¬†It’s just not the way it used to be. ¬†More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago. ¬†It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world. ¬†The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end. ¬†There is a way¬†I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.

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Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.

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In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky. ¬†It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars. ¬†The world is in the way. ¬†Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable. ¬†Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all. ¬†“God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. ¬†and “Set your mind on thing above.” ¬†Colossians 3:2. ¬†If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky¬†instead of the darkness itself, I can see light. ¬†There is still good in the world. ¬†There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative. ¬†Do not see the glass half empty. ¬†Do not look only to the faults in the world. ¬†See the small points of light in the midst of darkness. ¬†Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.” ¬†See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Awesome God

 

God is so awesome.¬† He forgives all our sins and makes us clean and brand new.¬† He is our strength when we are weak.¬† He perfects us;¬† He completes us.¬† AND when we fail Him, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, Jesus says, “Father, I’ve removed their sins from them.¬† I have covered them with My blood and they stand before You clean, without sin.”¬† Whatever we cannot do, God does in us and through us if we only trust in Him.¬† Praise His name.

LIVE FOR TODAY

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Matt. 6:34 states “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”¬†

In today’s society with the economy, politics, etc. the way they are we need to focus on today.¬† Focus on this moment right now.¬† We need to forget about yesterday and it’s guilt, mistakes, missed windows of opportunity, etc.¬† We need to trust in God and not worry about what will happen tomorrow.¬† Let go of the fear, worry, unknown, etc.

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Prov. 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.¬† In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Trust the Lord with your future.  It belongs to Him.  He knows what is coming.  Only then will we have the peace that comes from knowing everything will be okay.

Friday Every Day

FridayWhy do people feel better on Friday than the other weekdays?

  1. They anticipate tomorrow’s rest
  2. They are not worried about tomorrow’s tasks.
  3. They can do what they want and not what their boss tells them to do.

Worry is what keeps us from making every day feel like Friday!

Why not make your mind think it is Friday?  We can tell our minds that there is nothing to worry about.  We can pretend tomorrow is the first day of our vacation or our weekend.  After all, we never know what tomorrow may bring.  Why worry about impending threats or doom when we can’t be positive it will happen?  Even if it will, worrying today won’t make it any better.

Expectancy ‚Äď Six Flags or School?

When a mom wakes up her children by saying, “It’s time for school, they drag themselves out of bed, sluggish and tired, expecting it to be a boring day, or a day they won’t like.

If a mom wakes them up saying, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs time to go to Six Flags,‚ÄĚ they will jump out of get with eager anticipation of a great day, expecting to have a lot of fun.

Why not tell ourselves today is going to be a great day no matter what we are expecting to do?

How are you? vs. What day is it?

Have you ever asked somebody at work how they are doing and their response is, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs Monday‚ÄĚ (with a frown) or ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs Friday‚ÄĚ (joyfully).¬† I say to myself, ‚ÄúI know what day it is.¬† That is not what I asked.‚Ä̬† Both days begin the same.¬† We wake up, get ready for work, drive to work.¬† It‚Äôs the same routine, pretty much the same responsibilities, so why is Monday a bad day and Friday a good day?¬† Because we thinking we know what tomorrow may bring and we anticipate a long, hard week.¬† Only God knows what tomorrow will be like.

So let‚Äôs rise and shine every day and shout out to the Lord God above and everyone around that can hear:¬† ‚ÄúTODAY‚ÄôS GONNA BE A GOOD DAY‚ÄĚ

Watch this video and see the enthusiasm spread.¬† (Warning:¬† Some slightly strong language ‚Äď taking God‚Äôs name in vain.)¬† My point is for you to see the enthusiasm and anticipation of a great time.

We as God’s people should have the greatest time of all, knowing that God is always with us giving us peace and joy.

  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!! 

Thank God for the Thorns

Life on earth can a roller coaster ride of emotions.¬† Just as the weather changes here in Texas (it was 85 degrees one day and we had a freeze warning 3 days later, then it‚Äôs back up to 75) our emotions can change¬†from one day to the next.¬† The following is a quote form my sister’s post on Facebook:

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I believe happiness is a choices.¬† Part of being here on earth is learning to live with life’s ups and down…it is a rollercoaster ride at times…but it means you are alive right!! So choose to be happy!!¬† It is sad to see many Christians who used the “depression”excuse when they have trouble with their¬†life’s events and run to the doctor for pills to “make them feel better”. Don’t expect it to be better when you come down off that pill. It won’t be. Just thank God for the thorn and use it as a leaning tool to grow!

 

 

 

I totally agree with this post and she gave me permission to quote it.¬†Emotions are a way of life.¬† In life we will always have ups and downs; however, those who trust in the Lord know that¬†“God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation) I have to say, I have struggled with depression.¬† It’s a way of life for us all at one time or another.¬† Things happen to make us depressed.¬† However, it’s not bad circumstances that make us depressed. It is the way we respond to bad circumstances.¬† We need to respond as though we know that God is in control and He knows what he is doing.¬† We need to get into the word for God said,

“My son, pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words.¬† Do not let them out of your sight, keep them close to your heart.¬† For they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.¬† Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:20 – 23

Did you get that?¬† God’s word is life.¬† God’s word is health.¬† I know that some disease is legitimate and we need doctors and we need medicine.¬† Perhaps, though, sometimes the prescription should be a good dose of God’s word to lift our spirits, calm our heart, lower our blood pressure, or ease our ulcer.¬† After all, many times these symptoms are related to our emotions.¬† So the next time bad circumstances come my way, I’m going to say, “Thank God for the thorn” and ask him what I need to learn from this experience.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to stay in the word.