Who

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

Who are you? Who am I?

The worst thing I can do to myself is dwell on who I am and how to make myself better. I have found that too much inward thinking makes me morose, and eventually I don’t like myself.

I used to think this way nearly all the time, especially as a young person. Those years I definitely tried to figure myself out, but by God’s grace he has changed my thinking around.

Learning to center on God and who he is has changed me. He makes all things work to my benefit.

He loves to draw us nearer. In the hard things, we want to hide and lick our wounds.  Like these:

Things in our lives that take us to the unknown for a long time.

Things such as chronic illness.

Things such as death of a relationship, or death of a loved one.

Things like mental illness, or drug addiction.

How do we handle this stuff? We can’t on our own. If we think we can, we are kidding ourselves. We learn to bring it to him, and though we may question why, we may never have any answers.

There is such wealth in looking back on our lives. It may bring answers, but who we are is most important.

If we trust Christ, we are in him and he is in us. Who we are is always beautiful, safe, loved, and blessed.

Who is in you is the key.

 

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Pray

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

What do you do when a crisis strikes? To be honest, I think we first have an adrenaline rush and some, a panic attack. It’s almost understandable humanly speaking. We freak out sometimes. Once we calm down a bit and realize that we need to think before reacting, we start to reason our way out of the crisis.

But life doesn’t throw us crises all the time. Yet we may react the same way—in panic.

Granted, some crises need instant attention. But even most critical happenings give us some time to take a deep breath and think.

What can I do? What should I do? Do I need help?

I was reading Philippians chapter four this morning. It is a common passage repeated often in the evangelical world.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praise shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” The Message

If you ever need wisdom, prayer is the first place you should go. Linger there and soak up the peace that brings understanding.