I ‘M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD THE SAYINGS, “LAY IT DOWN”, “LAY IT AT HIS FEET”, OR “LAY IT AT THE ALTER”. LIKE MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE, THIS CAN BE EASIER SAID THAN DONE. THIS CAN BE ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO DO AS HUMANS, BECAUSE WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WE WANT IT FIXED. TO FIX A PROBLEM YOUHAVE TO HAVE AN ANSWER AND LETS BE HONEST WE ARE NOT PATIENT PEOLPE WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WRONG, SO THERFORE WE WANT THIS PROBLEM FIXED NOW. THIS LEADS US TO TAKE "IT" INTO OUR ON HANDS. WHEN WE DO THIS WE LEAVE GOD OUT AND ALLOW THE ENEMY IN TO CONTROL OUR "IT". HE WILL USE WHATEVER "IT" IS TO FILL YOUR THOUGHTS WITH WORRY, DOUBT, AND CONFUSION. THE ENEMY WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO KEEP YOU RIGHT THERE AND HINDER YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD.
UNFORUNTALY, I LEARNED THIS LESSON THE HARD WAY AND IT’S NOT A PLACE YOU WANT TO BE IN. GOD CAME SO THAT YOU COULD LIVE A JOYFUL LIFE; FULL OF HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY, AND HIS PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING; NOT ONE FILLED WITH WORRY, DOUBT, CHAOS, GUILT, OR CONFUSION! NO MATTER WHAT YOUR “IT” IS, HOW BIG OR HOW LITTLE; LAY “IT” DOWN AND LEAVE “IT”.
“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving; present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “-Philippians 4:6-7
WHEN I FINALLY SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO THE LORD I WAS ACTUALLY GOING THRU SOME HEALTH ISSUES AT THE TIME. THE DAY I WAS SET FREE I KNEW I WAS HEALED SPIRITUALLY, BUT NOT PHYSICALLY AT THAT POINT. EVEN THOUGH I WAS ON FIRE FOR THE LORD AND KNEW THAT NO MATTER WHAT MY HEALTH ISSUES WERE I WOULD BE OKAY, I NEVER LAYED THEM COMPLETELY DOWN AT HIS FEET. I WOULD LAY THEM DOWN, BUT I WAS REAL QUICK TO PICK THEM BACK UP. I MEAN IT WAS” MY” BODY AFTER ALL AND I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG, SO WHY WAIT ON HIM TO DIRECT MY PATHS WHEN I COULD GET THERE MUCH FASTER?! YEAH RIGHT, I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW, BUT I THANK HIM FOR REVEALING THIS TO ME AND GIVING ME ANOTHER CHANCE TO TRULY LAY MY “IT'S DOWN!!(oh yes, you can have a lot of "it's" going on in your life) I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY HOURS I SPENT ON THE INTERNET SEARCHING FOR AN ANSWER AND TRYING TO FIND THAT ONE DOCTOR THAT WOULD LISTEN TO ME , BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT WAS A LOT OF WASTED HOURS THAT HINDERED MY WALK WITH GOD. I TRULY BELIEVED NO MATTER WHAT “IT” WAS, I WOULD BE OKAY, BUT THE MOMENT I PICKED “IT” UP WAS THE MOMENT I TOOK "IT" OUT OF HIS HANDS AND ALLOWED THE ENEMY TO DISTRACT ME WITH WORRY, FEAR, CONFUSION, AND BEGAN TO FEEL HOPELESS. THAT IS NOT THE LIFE GOD INTENDS FOR US TO LIVE REGARDLESS OF OUR "IT'S"!
"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."- John 10:10
I AM GOING THROUGH A VERY SIMILIAR STORM, EXCEPT THIS TIME IT’S NOT ME. IT 'S WITH ONE OF MY PRECIOUS BOYS. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEALTH ISSUES I WOULD THANK GOD FOR CHOOSING ME INSTEAD OF ONE OF MY BABY BOYS, BUT THIS TIME HE HAS CHOSEN HIS CHILD, AUSTIN WHO I'M BLESSED TO CALL MY SON. I’M SURE IF YOU ARE A MOMMY OR LOVE YOUR MOMMY LIKE I LOVE MINE YOU CAN RELATE. LIKE ME I'M SURE YOU WOULD SWAP PLACES WITH THEM IN A BLINK OF AN EYE IF YOU COULD. I CAN HONESTLY SAY I HAVE NEVER HIT MY KNEES AND NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRAY UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN MY MOM CALLED ME AND TOLD ME TO PRAY ABOUT SOME TEST SHE WAS HAVING DONE ALSO. ANXIETY AND FEAR WAS MY FIRST RESPONSE INSTEAD OF LAYING “IT” DOWN AT HIS FEET AND TRUSTING HIM. I DIDN’T WANT ANYTHIING TO BE WRONG WITH MY MOM, SHE IS MY BEST FRIEND, MY ROCK, AND I JUST COULDN’T EVEN MUTTER THE WORDS TO PRAY AT THAT MOMENT. GOD REMINDED ME REAL QUICK HE WAS MY ROCK AND MY FAITH AND TRUST SHOULD BE IN HIM NO MATTER WHAT “IT” WAS. (Praise God mom’s test all came back good).
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”-Psalm 18:2-3
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”- 1 Peter 6-7
ALTHOUGH WE ARE STILL IN THE EYE OF THE STORM WITH AUSTIN I CAN HONESTLY SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND I HAVE COMPLETE PEACE NO MATTER WHAT “IT” IS AND HAVE LAYED MY BABY DOWN AT HIS FEET. I HAVE COMPLETE TRUST IN HIM AND I THANK HIM FOR PREPARING ME FOR THIS STORM HE KNEW WAS HEADED MY WAY. INSTEAD OF SPENDING HOURS SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR ANSWERS I HAVE SPENT HOURS IN HIS WORD, ON MY KNEES, PRAISING AND WORSHIPPING HIM THROUGH THIS STORM. I GIVE HIM ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY FOR GUIDING OUR STEPS AND FILLING ME WITH HIS PEACE. I PRAY HE IS GLORIFED THROUGH THIS STORM NO MATTER WHAT “IT” IS.
(I have so much to share, but for now I just want to give HIM all the honor and glory and thank Him for His faithfulness inspite of my failures.)
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5-6