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God Walks With You

So do not fear, for I am with you. -Isaiah 41:10

How many times have you heard the phrase, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle?” Does that mean that God gave us anxiety because He thought we could handle it? Does that mean my friend is suffering because God thought she could handle it? Of course not.

Let’s change this phrase a little bit. “God walks with you through everything you’re given.” Does that sound better? Here the phrase is telling us that God sees we are struggling and walks with us. He was there before we even started to struggle. God won’t leave you alone.

Please don’t hang your hat because you think you are weak. Your strength is not determined by others. You are strong. You are courageous. You are God’s Masterpiece. And God loves his artwork enough to be with it every step of the process. That process is our lives.

My prayer for you this week:

Father, You tell us that You’ll never leave us. How did we get so lucky that You God could love us so much? Please open the eyes of those reading this post, let them see that You have been walking with them. That You are walking with them. Let them feel peace knowing you will walk with them. Let them feel comfort knowing You don’t think they are weak. Lord, thank you so much for caring for each of us as if we were the only. Amen.

© 2018 Kiersten Smeal

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Celebrate Every Step

Don’t wait till you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud every step you take toward reaching that goal.

We all set goals. Have less panic attacks this week. Make a new friend this month. Cut less often. Whatever your goal is, you really hope to reach it.

But if it’s not done in a day, we seem to place too much guilt on ourselves. This guilt lowers our motivation, and it doesn’t come from God. Instead focus on the small steps you’ve made toward your goal.

Maybe you went a full day without panic attacks. Maybe you talked to someone new and really enjoyed the conversation. Maybe you were able to stop yourself from cutting recently. However small the step may be, it is a step in the correct direction.

Speed doesn’t matter. Forward is forward.

Don’t put so much pressure on perfection. Place that pressure on steps to do better instead. Then focus on those steps! Celebrate the small wins. The excitement produced will increase your motivation towards reaching your goal. You’ll be there before you know it!

What small steps have you taken this week? What goals are you striving for?

© 2018 Kiersten Smeal

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Broken Prayers

I think Christians feel that when they are at the worst, and have no words to pray, they automatically feel guilty. Do not let that guilt settle in. God hears your tears, your feelings, and your struggles.

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Before you even try to pray, God is already working on an answer to your prayer. While you are still uttering words, trying to make sense, God hears you and is working on an answer to your prayer.

Storms don’t last forever. The sun will come out. Battles don’t last forever. The victory has already been won.

My prayer for you this week, and always:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Hold your children. Let them feel your presence. I know they feel like they are falling apart right now, that things won’t get better, but you are in their future working out everything for goodness. Let them know that you have a plan for their lives. In a perfect world there would be no suffering, but we live in a fallen world. So, wrap a hand of comfort around each person suffering in their own way, Lord. Thank you for always loving us. For always being before us, with us, and after us. For being a wonderful God.

Amen.

© 2018 Kiersten Smeal

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Jesus Gets It

Last week we read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. We are going to stick with Jesus this week also.

Jesus dying for us on the cross is amazing enough right? Well, it gets better. Jesus resurrected from the dead. Jesus suffers anxiety just like us. He knows our pain. He walked the earth just like us.

Therefore, when we feel we have no one to go to, we have the best person to go to. Take it to Jesus. Please note I am not saying to pray and it will all go away. I am saying that Jesus understands when no one else does. Jesus listens when no one else is around. Jesus loves you when it feels like no one else does.

Jesus doesn’t want to see us suffering. In a perfect world, there would be no suffering. However, we live in a fallen world where even Jesus suffered. Jesus suffered to save the world. Are we suffering just to suffer, or are we suffering to save someone else?

How has your suffering helped another person whom was suffering?

Blessings on your week! ❤️

© 2018 Kiersten Smeal