Finding Solid Ground

There are times in life when the ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel solid, fixed, or secure. It’s a scary feeling. It’s as if the rug’s been pulled out from under you and you’re left to drift through life, desperately seeking a footing.

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Remembering What We Are

Hi. My name is Michele and I’m a perfectionist. I tend to beat myself up over the slightest “misstep” and wrongly executed “shoulds” (the “shoulds” I place on myself, mostly). I feel that my lack of perfection in all areas of my life shines a poor light on who God is; making me a “bad” Christian, and, therefore, causes me to turn my head in shame.

I make too much of myself and the role I play.

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Focusing on God’s Sufficiency

Most mornings I wake up feeling like I didn’t get enough sleep, I didn’t get enough done yesterday, and I won’t have enough energy to do all I need to get done for today. So before my feet even hit the floor I feel overwhelmed and defeated.

What a way to start out.

But, this isn’t the whole truth I’m telling myself. Though I’m tired, I have left over tasks, and lacking in strength – and left to myself I would be too tired, too overwhelmed, and too weak – God gives me what I need from His abundance. Each morning He provides just what I need for that day. What was given yesterday is gone and what’s for tomorrow hasn’t come. He provides exactly what I need for just this day.

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Focusing on Grace

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God’s grace blows my mind. His love for us is so great that He freely offers His grace. He gives it knowing every shortcoming we have and sin we’ve ever committed (and will commit). (Ephesians 2:8-9)

His grace fills in the gap between us, where we are and where He’s designed us to go (Ephesians 2:8).

His grace tells me to rest in all that Christ has done (Hebrews 4:1-3).

His grace assures me that I am covered in the righteousness of Christ (Romans 5:17).

His grace is my strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

His grace is forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7).

His grace never runs out (Ephesians 1:13-14).

It’s hard to define. It can’t be earned. It’s a gift. And we have it even when we don’t know it’s there.

And grace is the characteristic of God that’s probably the hardest for me to accept.

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Am I Enough?

e·nough

/iˈnəf/

  1. as much or as many as required.

    “too much work and not enough people to do it”
    synonyms: sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary

For clarity’s sake, let’s rephrase the question “Am I enough?”, using the above definition: “Am I sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary?”

Though the (original) question is but three words, it’s a heavy one and multifaceted. (It makes my brain hurt thinking of all the avenues it takes me down – granted, I’m a classic “over-thinker”). And I think the answer is paradoxical – we have enough to get by in this life with what God has given us (so yes, I am enough), but we don’t have enough to do all that God calls us to, to thrive, and to live the life of eternity (so no, I am not enough).

Think of it as if we are a drinking glass. God pours enough of Himself into us when He creates us so we may live, but leaves room for more. Though the water He gave may be “enough” for life, the world taints it and we have lack causing us to thirst for more. So we may be “sufficient”, but we’re not all-sufficient. Our glass has enough, but there’s still emptiness; our glass has water, but the world has tainted it. It’s what we do with this that determines our future. Do we give our emptiness and filth to Him or to the things of this world, hoping it will cleanse us and fulfill us?

Though we may be enough, we are beckoned by the God who is More than Enough (El Shaddai) so we can live our lives beyond “just enough.”

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Trusting God with the Known

I’m convicted of how little I trust God with the known.

It’s full of the things He’s revealed to me; the ideas, thoughts, and knowledge that I’ve grown to know and claim as my own. It’s in those things that pride builds and trust diminishes too quickly. I forget that even in the known He is the Giver. Nothing I have or even think, is my own. All good things come from Him and Him alone.

But, because it’s known it’s easy to become comfortable and “secure”.

In contrast the unknown tends to be scary because, well, we don’t know what’s there.  And it gives us two options: to trust God because there is no unknown to Him or paralyzing fear (and sadly, I choose paralysis too often).

Yet, the moment He makes something known to me I tend to take it and run. I think that because it’s something within my reach, within my knowledge base, I am now the ruler and controller of it. Whether consciously or not, I try to work and manipulate it, the people around me, and my circumstances in ways that will cause this revelation to come about the way I think it should.

God isn’t the type to reveal all the details, just parts, so instead of trusting Him to fill in the “gaps” and allowing Him to lead me daily, I tend to take the pieces I have and fill in the holes however I can to make the truth “work”.

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Overcoming Anxiety: Part Two 4 Practical Weapons to Prevent Anxiety

Life is full of the practical:

prac·ti·cal /ˈpraktək(ə)l/

adjective
adjective: practical
  1. 1.
    of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.
    “there are two obvious practical applications of the research”

The actual doing of something.

We have to actually do something to win this battle. The spiritual weapons create a call to action and we have to fight. Not every weapon we use looks spiritual, but there’s where we limit God. He’s in the “spiritual” and in the “practical”. He’s in it all and uses it all. The practical can be just as spiritual.

Let’s fight with some practical weapons.

(By the way, here’s post one on some spiritual weapons to help prevent anxiety)

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