Every morning, I receive an email from my mother. Not the kind which tells me to make sure I’m eating right, staying active and exercising, and making sure the housework is caught up. I receive a daily excerpt from a book called ‘Jesus Calling’ By Sarah Young. If you’re not familiar with this book, I would highly recommend as a part of your everyday living and growing with God. A quick summary if you’re unfamiliar, Jesus Calling is a 365 daily devotional of encouraging words. I’ve come to crave these email messages from my mother as they give me a great start to my day, to share a few moments with God before start working. Today’s excerpt hit home in a particular way in which I would like to share.
“THANK ME FOR YOUR PROBLEMS. As soon as your mind gets snagged on a difficulty, bring it to Me with Thanksgiving. Then ask Me to show you My way to handle the situation. The very act of thanking Me releases your mind from its negative focus. As you turn your attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and loses its power to trip you up. Together we can deal with the situation, either facing it head-on or putting it aside for later consideration.
Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today’s concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the problem out of today and deposit it in the future, where it is veiled from your eyes. In its place I give you My Peace, which flows freely from My Presence.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”—Philippians 4:6
“Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”–John 14:27
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with the concept of thanking God for the problems in your life. To me it feels like you’re asking for more and bigger problems in the future. Why would we want to incur more problems?!
What this excerpt shows us, and God wants us to understand, is problems are going to occur whether we want them or not. It’s how we react to these problems and handle them which make them either a mountain, or a mole hill. By thanking God for our problems, it reestablishes the connection between the two of you by saying you’re placing your faith and your trust in God to show you the solution to the problem. We might get the solution right away, or there may be some time before God and you face the problem together.
Thank God for the problems in your life because it gives us a reason to turn to him, to put our faith and our trust in him, and to know if God brings you to the problem, he’ll help you through the problem!
Wishing all Moms a beautiful Mothers Day this Sunday! A special shout out to my own mother who has been faithfully providing these Jesus Calling excerpts to myself and Emily for nearly six years now.
Have A Blessed Day!