How well are you living in the midst of the disruptions in your life? Living with new challenges and problems many times create even more problems for us. Our physical bodies, relationships and behaviors are affected by the stress of managing life. Anxiety in people seems to be at an all-time high. Anger issues are really out there as we see responses from others that seem out of the ordinary. Fear is rampant and I could go on, but you know all of this. So how are you dealing with all of this change?
Anyone can complain and become negative about it all. We can easily become judgmental with our opinions and views, but is that really where you want to live? That makes for a harsh person.
I have some strategies that I believe will help you to become better at managing life this season.
As you pray, add meditation. The prophet Isaiah promised us in Isa26:3 (AMP), “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast; that is committed and focused on You, because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation.” If you wonder what you meditate on look no further than what comes out of your mouth. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks“ (Lk.6:45). Do you leave people feeling good that they have had conversation with you or do you continually bring up problems? People that have a great outlook on life are those that daily have thoughts on hope and a good future. When you pray, do you come away feeling like God has changed you for the better or did you just pray and more anxiety surfaced? Negative meditation produces anxiety-filled prayers. Jesus gives us His peace, but He does not force it on us. You have to value it enough to cultivate it with good meditations and trusting prayers.
As you meditate on God, worship comes forth and gratitude will begin to take over your life. Instead of responding to disruptions with anger or fear, you know that blessings are yours no matter what is going on around you. You have a mindset to rise above the situation with good thoughts and a good confession! “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thes.5:18).
Have supportive people in your life. People that want the best for you are those that encourage you, but also tell you the truth in love. Ask for help. You might need hands on help or just advice. We all need others to talk with and enjoy life with. Find those that help you find your joy in life. Laugh and find ways to celebrate with others. As you have supportive relationships don’t forget to support yourself. You need time to get rest, recharge, gain new vision and to hear the voice of God clearly. There is so much noise in the world today that you have to schedule times for your soul to be restored. Jesus had to go to a quiet place to have angels come to minister to Him. If Jesus had to have that, how much more do we need that in our own lives!
Find ways to give and do for others. Some of you live like this every day, but when times get hard it is easy to shut down and not reach out to others. This is the most critical time to help others. Give an encouraging word, help someone with food or go visit them. Clothe someone’s children for winter, say a prayer out loud over someone or tell them you will be praying. These kinds of ways help more than you know. Do you realize that we live in a time as never before where we are surrounded with people that are suicidal? If you have not realized this, then please do. You are needed to do good!! This is how Jesus was anointed. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power who went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him,” Acts 10:38. You may feel you have nothing to offer – that is a lie. We all have goodness to offer someone. This is how we bring healing to the oppressed, by doing good. What do you do good? Give it away. If it is cooking a meal, then cook for someone. If it is encouragement, then call someone and do that. Many times, it is so simple that we miss how great a blessing it can be to someone else.
Whenever there is a disruption, it makes room for a miracle! With the kingdom of God at work, disruptions and miracles go hand in hand.
Jesus turned water into wine due to a disruption at a wedding feast.
Paul and Silas were miraculously released from prison through a disruption.
Jesus calmed a storm on the sea during a disruption.
I am sure as you think of your life, you have seen miracles take place because there was a disruption in your life. This is how we realize we need a savior. As we go forth here is a prayer to pray:
Lord, I ask that you renew my thinking about the disruptions and changes that I am experiencing. I repent of griping and complaining over the situation. I choose to magnify who you are in the midst of the hard place. I tell my soul to bless the Lord. Lead me to those that need a blessing from you today. I will do my part to bring healing to those that are oppressed. I declare that my faith will be working and growing as I love people in new ways. I trust you Lord as I make room for miracles in my life! In Jesus’ name I pray.