Philippians 4:6 Do no be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
This verse was in my devotional and a reminder to remain steadfast in my trust in the Lord…my faith in Him, and He will bring me peace.
I went further into the Word and read Final Exhortations, Philippians 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is try, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard form me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
WOW. I hear you Lord. I am listening. Show me the way to my path, made straight by You. (Proverbs 3:6) Each verse spoke to me in so many areas of my life that I’ve been praying on lately…praying with great intention and trusting in the Lord to guide me. Seeking out His will for my life. A.S.K. Ask. Seek. Knock.
Verse 5: I’ve been praying for the Lord to soften my heart. What does that mean? …To have a gentle spirit. To be patient in my actions and in my words. (And slower to anger & frustration) To act in love (with great intention, instead of “doing something” to get it done).
Verse 6: I’ve been praying to let go of fear in my life. To lead a life fully relying upon my trust in the Lord…to bring me His peace when I would otherwise be unable. I’ve experienced so many things in the last couple weeks where I could rely upon that trust in seemingly fearful situations-or so I would’ve previously deemed them. Some were much more serious than others. Less serious, I went rock wall climbing with my hubby a week ago. It was an impromptu date away from the girls (2 yrs & 4months)…so needless to say, it’s been a while, and those moments I truly adore! I am afraid of heights (all sorts!) and I will say that getting to the top was a huge mental challenge for me. (Not to mention an incredible physical work out!) I may have slowed down, or even stopped for a while before I was able to make it…to find the courage & strength to grab the next handhold and push upward! To pray…Lord I trust in you…thank you for this opportunity to put my trust in you…and really feel alive in these moments! Each time I tried a new belay line, climbing my way up.. sometimes moving quickly, other times finding myself needing to slow down and examine which hold will work in order to move forward…and then toward the top, taking that moment to pray and take a deep breath before I could move on…..each time, it was a challenge to get to the top; but the joy I felt when I was there was exhilarating! …but then I had to get down…so I had to take a few more breaths before I could allow myself to let go! It seems sort of silly…to be so afraid of something that is exciting?! I cannot wait to go back! I trusted and took my leap of faith (literally & figuratively!) and received such incredible peace & joy in the experience.
Verse 8: Just this evening I was in a conversation with a friend, and I admitted I was done daydreaming for the evening! This, after I had poured out some specific ambitions, ideas, and “dreams”/goals for the future. What encouragement I can take from the Lord in this verse. To really think about such things (V8), with humble discernment.
I’ve been praying with a bolder conviction in my heart. I ask for motivation when I’m weak, when I lose focus on what matters. This last month, God has shown me such gracious motivators in my life; through words of affirmation (ever read The 5 Love Languages?!).
I first recognized this after I received the words “I’m proud of you” three times in one week by three individuals I treasure most. They were happy with the actions I was taking in my life; all in separate situations, yet a common denominator in each-my faith. These words from the people I love felt so incredible, in the most humbling sense of the word.To know that these treasures in my life might see God’s light in me?!-seeing His work through you-in the way you are living your life. Be Still. (Psalm 46:10) Live Love. (1Cor 16:14)
I then noticed this through the absolutely amazing prayer support I’ve received this past week in particular. The feeling from this support is so comforting and peaceful…and brings joy to my heart; offered up through an incredibly diverse group of women-with a common denominator-they strive to know HIs love in their hearts & thrive upon His light in their lives. To share in something like this is such a blessing.
The other way I’ve received such motivators through words of affirmation is by a friend unexpectedly uplifting and encouraging me – like a perfectly timed huge breath of fresh air. This work was evident multiple times this last week and from a few different friends in my life. Sometimes it comes in the form of a reminder, such as a post a friend put up at the exact moment I happened to be looking and at the exact moment I needed a swift reminder to do what had been on my heart ALL day:
You know those things you always tell yourself you’re going to do? Those things that just sit and burn in your heart? You know exactly what I’m talking about. Do that. Don’t get in your own way. Sitting there and telling yourself it’ll never work out the way you want it to will ultimately just leave everything stagnant. And stagnant things stink. Get up. Time to go. You have a mission. You have a purpose.
Most importantly? Ask God to take the lead. He’s the ultimate source of inspiration and motivation.
‘You know those things you always tell yourself you’re going to do? Those things that just sit and burn in your heart? You know exactly what I’m talking about. Do that. Don’t get in your own way. Sitting there and telling yourself it’ll never work out the way you want it to will ultimately just leave everything stagnant. And stagnant things stink. Get up. Time to go. You have a mission. You have a purpose.
Most importantly? Ask God to take the lead. He’s the ultimate source of inspiration and motivation.’
Rise Up Take Courage & Do It (Ezra 10:4) ….and so I did. I’m here God, I am listening. Show me the way to Your will.
And still, other times it comes in the form of a loving sentiment from your friend, when you didn’t even know people could see the work that is so important in your life. When a friend tells you, out of the blue, that you will thrive in what you strive for. Talk about uplifting. God sends His word in our lives through the various people He places within it; through the Word directly, and in the circumstances that surround us.
Ask. Seek. Knock. Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Pray with intention, and through the will of the Lord. All things in His name. Thank you Lord, for making my path straight and guiding me along even when I can’t see the way. Thank you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 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.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love.
Ezra 10:4 Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.