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Issues....we all have them

Big, small, or recurrent ones we all have them.

What do we do when issues resurface? Do you walk through them or suppress them, or do you walk through them and find healing?

Good questions to ask ourselves when we are allowing God to work in us.

When encountering unexpected issues, I find that we can adjust pretty well.

For instance, one day as I was preparing to leave work, I walked outside only to find that my vehicle wouldn’t start. Despite the frustration of wanting to go home at the end of the day, I remained calm. I promptly called my husband for advice, and he suggested contacting roadside assistance for help. So, I made the call and patiently waited. Though it was frustrating, I refused to let it ruin my evening.

Instances like these are common, and we've all faced tougher challenges as well.

But what happens when a significant problem arises and you feel powerless? That's when it's essential to pause, pray, and turn to God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

Acknowledging that we trust God is one thing, but truly leaning on Him leads us into His rest.

There were times when issues came up, I would just suppress them and some how I would convince myself that if I didn’t think of them then God would just clear things up and all would be good.

Of course, that is not how that works and so I decided that this time I was going to go headfirst into it all.

And looking through old notes in my phone I found something I had written in 2020. It says, “This time I will focus on God to see me through and help me to understand the reason behind why I think and feel certain ways. This time with God I’m going to see a victory in overcoming my obstacles.”

Psalm 139:23-24 - “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Leaning into the Lord proved to be the best course of action for me.

Psalm 51:10 - “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

During my journey of healing and growth with the Lord, I crafted a prayer to read:

“Lord, search my heart. Shine Your light into every corner of my heart, thoughts, desires, and even my possessions. Remove anything in my life that does not please You, so I can be useful for You. Give me a heart to obey You, Lord.”

Even now, I maintain the stance that if God is not in it, I don't want it.

Through healing and spiritual growth, we become better equipped to handle life's challenges with grace.

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