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Go Ahead—Think About It; Only Do It with God!

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It’s 3 a.m. You can’t get back to sleep. That “issue” keeps invading your mind. You’ve prayed, given it to the Lord, chosen to trust Him, yet your mind is bombarded with the replay of that negative situation or a myriad of what if’s. “Am I sinning?” now runs through your mind, adding to your pain. What’s a child of the King to do?

When you are besieged with a relentless problem here are several things you that will help you.

Understand that God understands.

He is well aware of each of your weaknesses and frailties. He knows what makes you tick—He made you.

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. (Ps 103:14)

God wants you to bring those pressing issues to Him.

God cares and will not cast you out, no matter how many times you take a matter to Him. I am convinced that it pleases Him when we take our worries and concerns to Him.

The resurfacing is not necessarily a sin.

Your inability to stop thinking about something may be due to a lack of trust in God, but maybe not. If it is, then tell the Father you are sorry for not trusting Him. Ask Him to help you not worry (= repentance). Then accept His forgiveness, and refuse to allow guilt to add to your distress.

However, the constant resurfacing of an issue could be due other reasons:

  • It’s part of the human condition. If the situation is unresolved and important, of course it’s going to keep coming up. Pressing matters do that. We want and need answers/direction. Don’t beat yourself up for that! Self-flagellation never accomplishes anything.
  • God Himself could be bringing up the matter so that you will face and deal with it. Just be sure to include Him as you process it.
  • Perhaps it’s God’s way to help you get to the root cause of a besetting sin.
  • Maybe He’s burdening your heart to pray for the other person(s) involved in the situation.
  • Possibly He’s continually bringing it up because you need to do something.
  • God may simply be drawing you closer to Him, reminding you of your desperate need of His divine assistance.

Taking our problems to God isn’t meant to be a onetime event. “Here God. I give it to You. Now wave your magic wand and make it go away!” God doesn’t expect you to come to terms with difficulties immediately. Recall that even Jesus agonized in the garden before His crucifixion.

I wish I had understood these things when I was a younger Christian. I would have saved myself from countless hours of pain and discouragement. Now I know better. And so do you!

Go to your Father with those nagging problems. Confess as needed, plead for His peace, love, comfort, and guidance—whatever you need. He will give it to you, His precious daughter, if you ask for it sincerely desiring to obey. Thank Him for His mercy and patience as you work together with Him in this “impossible” situation. He will not be angry or impatient with you as you go to Him as a needy, helpless child again and again and again. As long as it takes.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Mat 11:18)

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New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

7 Tips to Help You Refocus During a Meltdown

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There you are, feeling like someone pushed you out of the plane without a parachute—freefalling again! You simply cannot stop thinking about this all-consuming issue. What do you do? Worry, fret, or pray? We are told to pray in times like these (Phil 4:6-7). But is that all we can do during meltdown moments?

As I mentioned last week I’m smack in the middle of a major situation with so many uncertainties. A few days ago I had a meltdown. A tiny and unrelated issue caused me to totally lose it! 

Any of you been there? Or am I the only yo-yo around?

But I don’t want to fail my Lord and succumb to worrying and complaining! I want to be more a woman of faith than I was the last time. But how?!

In His kindness, my Lord reminded me of 7 practical things besides prayer to help me refocus on Him and not the issue. I have used these with great success including with this trial. I am sure they will help you as well.

1. Praise God

Sing or play music that lifts your spirit, especially worship songs.

2. Make a gratitude list

Include what you’re grateful for in the current situation. E.g. “I am so thankful You are faithful and will catch me!”

3. Read and Speak God’s Word

If you have a hard time focusing on what you are reading, try reading out loud or a different passage. One in which the Lord has comforted you in the past. Psalms are a great place to start.

4. Do something productive

This is the one I used when I had my recent meltdown. First I cried to the Lord. Then I thought, “What is on my to-do list so I can at least be a little more productive than having a full-blown pity party?” I needed something that required a certain degree of concentration, but not a lot.

So that’s what I did along with putting on some of my favorite praise music. It worked wonders!  

Your project could be an enjoyable hobby, tending to the needs of your family—making a meal, cleaning, making a shopping list….

5. Engage in physical activity

Take a walk. Work in the garden. Go to the gym. Make yourself get up and do something. Exercise has been scientifically proven to help with runaway emotions.

6. Talk it out with a godly person

Not to dump and complain, but for assistance in finding solutions and enlisting their prayers.

7. Do something with or for others

You’ll be surprised how well this one works! Write a note, call a friend, pray for someone in dire need (See Is 58:9-11).

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Obviously you can do these in combination and by all means, pray during it.

The key is to switch your focus off of the problem unto something that pleases God. It is a choice that you can make with God’s enabling grace.

Therefore, my friends, when a major problem comes your way, think about it with God. Do what you can to find solutions. But if you have to wait for answers (like 99% of the time) and are having a meltdown, go do something productive and pleasing to the Lord—then watch your anxiety slip away!

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  (Phil 4:8)

 

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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