You see because we are normally always on the go I didn’t realize that I started to stress. Sometimes things pile up and it seems like it is one thing after another. I’ve stated before that I got to know how to tell when I start to stress. But this time I had been unable to detect it. Or it could possibly be that I just didn’t want to acknowledge it. Instead what I started to do was keep myself busier than usual. I basically was doing what I didn’t want to and was stepping into the “driver seat.” The same seat I told God a year ago I didn’t want to be in and wanted Him to. It took me a bit to say okay Jessica what is really going on? I believe we sometimes need to stop and check in with ourselves. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and instead of checking in with ourselves we start to rush through the days which means we rush our time with God. Maybe I was rushing because I didn’t want God to tell me what I needed to hear. For me it’s avoiding that very person that knows me the most. Think of what you do when you don’t want your best friend to notice something is wrong, maybe you cut the conversation short because you don’t want them to call you out on what they see is going on or what is off with you. Maybe I didn’t want to believe I was starting to stress and instead I was just going and going to make it seem to myself that I was okay. Since I knew God had already given me peace for months and months over a situation why now as time gets closer to face a “big test” was I forgetting about that peace? Why now months and over a year later was I wanting to take control when God has been in control? Why now when God has already told me He has taken care of it was I trying to control it? Why now was I stressing? I know why, because of fear of the unknown. You see the situation has always been unknown. Nothing has changed but the date. So why now should I allow fear to stir up in me? I know my God. I know He is the same today as he was the first day He told me He was in control of the situation. I know that I know that my God won’t tell me one thing and do another. You see yes maybe I don’t know the outcome of a situation but one thing that is sure is that my God remains the same. That my God is with me through all that is to come. That whatever the outcome is everything will be okay because God’s plans are greater. This means that stress has no place here! That fear has no place here! Although some things aren’t what I would like them to be at the moment that doesn’t mean God is through with me. I know God has promises over my family and it would be a complete joke for me to even try and throw in the towel just because things aren’t going exactly as I would like. Pastor Jentezen Franklin said in a preaching, “God says I am The God of all families and I know how to give you a comeback.” I believe and receive that over my family. Yes, maybe things aren’t perfect or going smoothly but that doesn’t mean better days aren’t to come. In the same preaching Pastor Jentezen Franklin said how Ecclesiastes 3 speaks of a season for everything but the season it doesn’t speak of is a season for giving up. Okay just go and read that again and again and maybe ten times more and think about what you read. WOW! Ecclesiastes 3 DOES NOT speak of a time to give up. No matter what you are going through, whatever season it may be know there is no time to give up. If you need to cry guess what Ecclesiastes speaks of a time to weep so you cry and cry but don’t give up. THERE IS NO TIME TO GIVE UP!
This is me telling myself, “Yes things are tough and you know what maybe you will have a few more bumps in the road but do not give up! Today is not the day and tomorrow won’t be either. Keep pushing no matter how hard it gets. God is by your side and because of that no matter what happens you and your family are going to be okay.” So I tell you my friend YOU ARE GOING TO BE OKAY! Yes, things may be stressful. Yes, maybe others lives appear to be going better but you my friend are going to come out of this season okay. It may not be easy but you know what it won’t be by your own strength that you get through this but by the strength of God. Rely on Him. When you feel like you are on your last straw rely on Him. Call on Him. Whatever you are going through remember God remains the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be tomorrow so rely on Him in this season and in those that are to come. Let God be your best friend. That very friend that will call you out. That very friend that helps you in the good and the bad. You and I are going to be okay because that best friend of ours is the greatest friend you and I can ever have. So whatever you do, do not give up! ❤️
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