There’ll be days like this my momma said…
But you don’t have to throw in the towel, or bury your head under the pillow, or distract yourself with TV or incessant snacking.
Nope. You have other choices. Choices for your growth. For your good. For others’ good too. You can choose learning. Learning to Believe.
Learning to Believe you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Learning to Believe God’s plans for you are for your welfare and not to harm you. (even when today doesn’t make sense) Learning to Believe you have the capacity to forgive the hurt that poured out on you from another today. Learning to Believe Truth.
Someone once told me that Faith is like a muscle. You need to exercise it to strengthen it. How do you exercise Faith?
Learning to Believe what may not make sense at first. Sometimes we need reminding of Truth. Actually, daily we need reminding. Why? Because we are forgetful people. Something doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would or should or could and we freak out. Why? Because we are broken people. We need reminding!
Reminders come in so many ways: a beautiful sunrise (if you’re up early!); birds chirping; a time of silence when the littles are napping; an email from a friend; an entry in Jesus Calling. He reminds us to Believe Him. To Trust Him. To grow our Faith in Him.
We need people around us who can be our co-workers in learning to Believe. We need people who can be like Aaron and Hur were to Moses; helping him lift up his hands in prayer to the Lord while the battle raged on in front of him. It’s a great story: read it in Exodus 17.
Who are your encouragers? Your prayer partners? Your cheerleaders? You’re co-workers in learning to Believe? We all need them.
Sometimes the hardest part of learning to Believe is being willing to risk sharing our very real needs. Instead of being authentic with others we believe a lie: we don’t want to impose, be a burden, or too much trouble; yet if someone asked you for a listening ear or for help, would you turn away from them?
Learning to Believe you are worth the trouble is sometimes one of the biggest hurdles of faith. Somehow we aren’t treasured and affirmed the way God sees us and we believe lies about ourselves. Learning to Believe God’s Truth about who you are is an exercise of faith. Daily.
Don’t give up! You can do this! Like any kind of learning, it’s filled with practice and mistakes. The best part of this is: God has got your back! He is in this learning process with you for the rest of your days!
What are you currently learning to Believe? How may I be an encourager to you today?