Yesterday's blog post was part one about how I wasted a lot of time feeling sorry for myself, because of life's downs.
Today I want to tell you what I did to snap myself out of it and how I started using my time more wisely. For starters, God revealed what I was going through, to the pastor of my current church. When I spoke to my pastor he was able to talk to me about my past, my present, and my future. That conversation was a defining moment in my life. I write about it in my eBook, Why Some People are Under Constant Stress and Pressure. The conversation made me think about what I was prioritizing in my life and how I had put God on the back burner. I had given a failed relationship just about all of my attention, as well as, life's struggles and challenges. I put them in front of God. I used to just go through life's run-of-the-mill motions in the daytime, but late in the midnight hour I was a miserable mess. Once my head hit that pillow I used to think about my pain, my problems, my hurt, my issues, and God knows what else. It was all about lil ole sorrowful me. I would often pray, but my prayers were just going through the motions. They weren't heart wrenching God help me prayers and they weren't passionate prayers. They were just woe-is-me type of prayers. Yet the awesome God I serve heard me and saw my every move, because my pastor knew just about everything about my circumstances.
God wants to help us. That's why He sends His prophets.
Sometimes we have to be open to having conversations and hearing hard things about ourselves. Sometimes we have to make ourselves vulnerable to the people God sends us to help us. We all need Godly people in our lives to tell us the truth so we can be set free. After the conversation I realized my reality and I repented to God right away, which meant I asked for forgiveness for having Him second in my life. I decided that I had to make Him first and I never looked back. I became an even newer creation in Christ. I began reading the bible more and if I started to think too much about the past I immediately read the bible again. I started speaking (out loud) positive and/or scriptural words over my life. I listened to more and more sermons and inspirational messages. I read more motivational books. I talked more to encouraging people. I just did more instead of lying around. I got up and got going. That was almost 5 years ago and it's still how I spend much of my time today. It's pretty much my lifestyle.
God has brought me a mighty long way and He will carry me even further. He will do the same for anyone. When we give our burdens to Him for real He will guide us and heal us of every hurt, disappointment, and painful thing that has happened to us. Although I have had challenges after that, I am able to get through them faster and with more peace, because my faith is solid in Christ. I know beyond a doubt that He will do everything it says in the bible, to get me through anything. None of it is a lie. My life is a living testimony that His Word works when we work His Word. Thus, the following words couldn't be more fitting for what He did and still does in my life: "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:23).
If He gave my life, life, He will do the same for you. Use your time to go to Him with all you've got and watch what He does.
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