Getting ready to face some tough things recently, I had to stop before I got started and take stock of some things that I know that I can stand upon as the foundation of my life—no matter what I might face or how things might turn out.
Here is what I recorded. Perhaps you can join me in holding these things as the foundational matters of your life…and perhaps you can add others to the list:
– The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:19)
– The Lord our God is in our midst, a victorious Warrior. He will exult over us with joy. He will be quiet in His love; He will rejoice over us with shouts of joy! (Zephaniah 3:17)
– God has not two faces but one (not two identities but one), so amidst the things I do not understand, I will hold onto the things I know of God’s love and goodness.
– God is at work for my good in all things (Romans 8:28), and I want to grow in the good that God intends for me, so I will strive to face with hope and confidence in Him whatever comes my way.
– Approval is something we earn; love is not. Love is given. It resides not in what I earn or do, but in the heart of the Giver (or giver). So I will trust in the Giver rather than in myself.
– For I know the plans God has for me: plans to prosper me and not to harm me; plans to give us a hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11)
– Since “Feelings signal our state of being…[telling] us how we are doing, what matters to us, what needs changing, what is going well, and what is going badly” (Dr. Cloud in Changes that Heal), I will pay attention to my “red dot,” letting me know ‘where I am.’
– Developing new habits is nearly always awkward and scary; it’s okay to muddle through the awkwardness and fear on the way to developing the new habit.
– Developing new muscles requires exercise…which in turn requires many repetitions of a new activity…with a proper combination of strenuous and relaxed…and with sufficient hydration (refreshment) along the way, so I will keep with it, while providing for myself enough relaxing and refreshment along the way.
– Developing new muscles always hurts for a while—but not forever.
– God holds time and circumstances in His hands, so He is capable of working for my good whatever it is that He wants to accomplish at this time
– I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord! (Romans 8:38-39)