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Uncertain Certainty

I know the title sounds very contradictory, but it really isn’t. Right now, my husband and I are going through a little bit of a valley. It is nothing we won’t overcome, but we are UNCERTAIN as to how long it may take and how it will all come about.

The CERTAINTY is knowing that we will indeed get through it and we will come out stronger on the other side. We will do that by walking through it together and focusing on the One who will guide us to the mountaintop.

Trials can be difficult and scary, and sometimes very painful. A lot of times we think that if we keep ignoring what is right in front of us, it will just “disappear” and we will be able to go about our daily lives, business as usual. Sometimes we know the trial is coming and we try everything we can think of to avoid it. The truth is, ignoring the issue, or trying to fix it on our own, will only make it worse and prolong the victory of getting through it. Facing the tough stuff is what makes us better. Facing it together with God is even better.

As my husband and I walk through this small “bump in the road”, this thought came to me tonight: “maybe it is good we are going on this journey, maybe we NEED to walk this path. There is something to learn and we are being humbled.”

God guides us through life every single day, but only if we let Him in and look to Him to walk the walk. That is what I am supposed to do as a Christian. I belong to Him and should be focused on being Christlike each and every moment of my day. That includes completely trusting Him no matter what is going on in my life.

I am reminded of what Paul says in Philippians 4:11-13: “11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

It is comforting to know that I can be content in all things and wait on God to show us the next step in our lives.

Don’t let the trials get you down, let God lift you up. He sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross so we could have eternal life with Him in Heaven. What on this earth is better than that? Nothing. So as I pray for guidance, I look to the One who created me and wait for Him to show us the way. After all He is the way, the truth and the life.

I am blessed and am thankful to belong to Jesus and know that no matter what, I have uncertain certainty.

God bless,

Until next time,

Tam

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Right now, at this moment, if I were to get on my knees to pray, I could stay there for hours, literally. I have family, friends, co-workers, church family, not to mention friends and family of those same family, friends, co-workers and church family that all need prayer, from small issues to very large issues.


We live in a world of turmoil and uncertainty. Lately, I feel myself becoming overwhelmed and frustrated because I see it all around me in the lives of those I love and there is not much I can do to help. The one thing I can do is PRAY. 


Prayer is the tool we use to talk to our Lord. The cool thing is that He is available 24/7. Need to talk to him when you wake up? He is there. Need to talk to him after a tough meeting at work? He is there. Need to talk to him on the way home? He is there. Need to talk to him when you can’t sleep at 2 a.m.? He is there. And He is ready to listen and he does listen. He also provides an answer. 


Oh, it’s not always the answer we want, nor do we get it when we want it, because of course we want it NOW! But God doesn’t work that way. He tells us to come to him, lay our burdens at His feet, and he will give us rest. He doesn’t say give it to me, walk away and pick it back up. He tells us to give it to Him and let Him worry about the details for us. He already knows our worries, our fears, our hopes, our trials, our joys and every little thing about us. So why do we act like we are hiding things from Him or like we are telling Him something He doesn’t already know?


Prayer brings peace, because we are talking to our Heavenly Father. He is the only one who provides that perfect peace. Phillipians 4:4-7 is one of my favorite verses. It says: “ Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


The last part is my comfort – my prayers are heard and God takes them seriously. He knows our hearts and He comforts us. 


So when we feel overwhelmed, like I have been, or anxious, like many of us do, or even thankful, which we should every day, take a moment, get on your knees or just close your eyes and talk to God. Trust me, it works, and trust Him, because He loves you and wants to be your Savior.


God bless,

Tam

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