Sometimes I forget that I am a child of God. And I let worry, fear, disappointment , etc. come into my life. 
And I try and handle it on my own, instead of leaning and trusting ONLY on God.
Why do we do this? 
We know better.

"Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."
Hebrews 10:35-36

I was reading thru a Joel Osteen devotion and he writes this:

" This morning, you may be waiting for God to change your circumstances. Then you're going to be happy; then you're going to have a good attitude; then you're going to give God praise. But God is waiting for you to get up on the inside and take courage. It will definitely take determination, but you can do it.
God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner. Don't allow yourself to wave the white flag of surrender. Show the enemy that you're more determined than he is. Shout aloud if you must, "I'm going to stand in faith even if I have to stand my whole lifetime!" When you do your part, God will work supernaturally to change things in your life."

That passage is so true of me. 
I thought that once I got married I would be happy or once I lose weight I'll be happy or when we have children I will be happy or if we lived down a country road on a farm that will make us happy. 
But it isn't the things of this world that make us happy.
No ma'am.
It isn't any purchase you score at a flea market, or the newest Starbucks flavor, or a pair of shoes either.
It is ONLY God who can bring the true happiness and fulfillment in our lives here on earth.
And only by persevering and standing UP for Him, that we can gain this.
I needed that reminder in a big way.

1 comment:

  1. Good post, Rachel. That is such a hard lesson to hold onto. I feel like I constantly walk thru it. About 10 years ago, I read a chapter in Max Lucado's book "When God Whispers Your Name" called "The Gift of Unhappiness" ( ... which talks about how we are pre-programmed with a longing that will never be fulfilled until we are HOME with the Lord. That Building 429 song says it ... All I know is I'm not home, this is not where I belong ... take this world and give me Jesus ...


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