Creating Buoyancy

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Sometimes this is easier said than done; sometimes this looks differently than expected. But, when done, it makes all the difference.

For instance, two weeks ago I had one of my wisdom teeth extracted. (I don’t recommend it.) I prepared myself by loading up on lots of worship music and prayer (“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). On the day of the procedure my preparations had taken enough root that, though I was anxious, my mind was flooded with worship and prayer. I literally felt like I drifted through the day; like I was being carried. With each tug and pull the dentist made on my tooth, I let my heart sing truth. When my jaw grew weary from holding it open, I thanked the LORD for the strength He provided. When the tooth didn’t “roll out” like the doctor thought it would and ended up having to get it surgically removed and get two stitches, I let the songs of praise be louder in my mind, knowing that God was in control (and I prayed that He would just push the tooth out of my head).

Later in the day when the anesthesia wore off and the pain started creeping in, I took the time to rest and focus on God’s goodness instead of the throbs, thanking Him for all He is (“Give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Between the ice packs and worship music I was able to handle the pain without medication – I kept my focus on Him and my mind and body was healthier for it. (Not to say that it would have been wrong to take medication. I just prefer not to if I don’t have to! I’ve found my body heals faster without it – depending on the circumstance, of course.)

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Because of His Love

What’s the story you tell yourself about God?

A.W. Tozer says that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I think the reason he believes this is because how we view God – what we believe about Him – shapes who we are, how we live, and how we see the world – so basically everything about us. And I’d say that’s pretty important.

So, is the story we’re telling ourselves about God right? How can we know? Well, by checking our story against the one Jesus tells in Scripture. If what we believe about God isn’t in line with the God Jesus shares, then we need to erase the story we’re telling and replace it with the one of Jesus; because if what we believe about God is really the most important thing about us we want to get it right.

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