“What’s on your mind?”, Facebook asks. So many things – Women in Ministry, Healthcare, the reality of heaven and hell, AP exams, my children, book sales and book’s designs, race relations in America, the needs of friends and family, next step in ministry, my health….the list is endless.
All of these thoughts are vying for my attention this morning. All of them wanting me to put my focus on them. Worry is banging on my door. Hopelessness is calling my phone. Discouragement is lurking in the shadows. All waiting for me to embrace the cares of this world. All wanting me to succumb to the dark side of anxiety and despair.
But within me this morning is a seed of hope. I am choosing today to water that seed. I’m choosing to cultivate that garden. I’m going to sings songs reminding me of His faithfulness, His majesty and His love. I’m going to pray in the Spirit and pray with understanding. I’m going to read His word until I hear His voice. I’m going to declare His promises. I’m going to love people. I’m going to give radically. I’m going to choose to Hope! I will not give in to the dark side. I will not allow worry and fear to rule my heart. I will stand on His promises for me, my family, and my friends.
But not only that, my joy, my hope, my peace will be a refuge for others. I am giving it away as I Rambo others from the darkness of worry and hopelessness.
Worry, you messed with the wrong girl this morning.
“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Romans 5:5 NET