The One Day at a Time Method

The One Day at a Time Method
What do you do when you don’t want to do anything?  When life just seems so hard and overwhelming that even getting out of bed is hard? 
Have you ever been there? When the days are so long and all you want to do is forget. Forget about all the memories that just remind you of everything you don’t have anymore. When the thoughts of how to move on are so strong that you feel crushed by them and unable to move.
Dear reader, I don’t doubt that you have had your share of pain in this life. Whatever it is that you are going through, if you feel like this life is just too much sometimes, that’s okay. It’s okay to have these days. But today I want to share a little something that has helped me to get through each day when I am overwhelmed with these feelings of being stuck.

Learn to take it one day at a time

I have found that we get the most overwhelmed and scared when we let our minds think too far into the future or dwell too much on the past. When I think about all the ways my life has changed and how it’s no longer going where want it to go. And then if I look to the past I only find regret, shame, and sadness and those feelings don’t help much either. When we look to God and focus on just the day ahead of us we find that we are able to make it and keep going. Yes, we may still be scared of the unknown road ahead of us, but committing to making it through one day is doable.  Just one day.
And you know what happens?!  After committing to that one day, that one day will turn into two days, then three days, then four… before you know it you will be feeling less of the hurt. New doors will open and new opportunities will come. God will reveal his plan for you and fill you with his joy while you keep on following Him. And it all began with you simply taking it just one day at a time.

Whatever you’re facing, can you commit to just taking it one day at a time? Commit to following your sweet Saviour today, and don’t worry about tomorrow. You can worry about tomorrow when it comes.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This is what I’ve been doing for a while now and this is what I’m going to keep doing. Take it one day at a time.  Whatever it is in your life that is too much.  Take a breath, relax, and just take it one day at a time.

Bible Verses for Waiting

Bible Verses for Waiting
If you find yourself in a season of waiting, it can be hard.  It’s easy to get discouraged.  When other’s seem to be getting all the things you desire and God keeps telling you to wait.  Trust me, waiting for God’s timing in all things is worth it.  He has a plan and purpose for everything in your life.  Just because He is asking you to wait now doesn’t mean He won’t bring the good things you desire into your life later.  And when you wait for His way and His timing it will be so much better than anything you can imagine.
If God is telling you to wait, I just want to tell you that you aren’t alone, even though at times it may feel like you are alone.  One of the best sources of comfort during these times is God’s word.  We can find strength and comfort in God’s word to keep on waiting for  His good purposes to play out in His perfect timing.  As you wait, I want to share with you some of my favorite verses that have helped me in my times of waiting.

Bible Verses for Times of Waiting

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:13-14)

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

 

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

 

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:7-8)

 

“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)

 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

I pray these verses will encourage your heart and give you strength.
If you have any favorite verses that have helped you through hard seasons of waiting, I’d love to know which verses!  Share in the comments the ways and verses that God has used to encourage you during seasons of waiting.

When God Says Wait (practical tips for seeking Him in the waiting)

When God Says Wait (practical tips for seeking Him in the waiting)

When God says wait, what are you supposed to do?

I’m gonna go out and whim and make an assumption and say that I don’t think I am the only one who thinks it sometimes feels like pure torture to just do nothing and wait for God to work. When everything I want is out of my reach and still one big unknown, it’s hard.  Do you agree?  When God says wait, why is it my initial reaction is to panic and feel stressed?  Especially when I realize that waiting could mean waiting a really long time.
I don’t know about you, but I have been in a waiting season for a while and I’m learning day by day to rest in Him during this time.  I’m learning that waiting on God is actually not as scary as I first thought it would be.
If you find yourself in one of these extended periods of waiting, what can you do? God has been faithful to show me many ways to draw nearer to Him as I wait. These simple habits have become so comforting to my soul as I face the huge unknowns in my life. What are the simple habits I have been doing you may ask?  Well, today I want to share some of them with you all in hopes that they can help and encourage you too.

A consistent bedtime routine with a focus on scripture memory

“When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” (Psalm 63:6)
The first helpful habit I started is journaling each night before I go to bed. Whenever my heart is heavy I find so much comfort in journaling a few thoughts before bed. I will usually write out four categories in my journal; “Verse“, “Reflection“, “Thankfulness“, and “Prayer and Confession“.
In the verse section, I write out a verse to focus on. In the reflection section, I usually write down any thoughts about the day I just need to write out and put on paper. Often I’ll write things related to how I feel and how I am processing the things in my life. Then in the thankfulness section, I jot down a few things I’m thankful for from the day. Lastly in the prayer and confession section, I try to think about a way that I have not loved or followed God well. I write out a simple prayer of confession and ask God for help to do better the next day.
It takes me only about five minutes to go through all these steps and I have noticed my sleep has improved so much whenever I take the time to journal and give thanks to God before bed. It’s really quite amazing!

Long walks for praying and journaling

Walks have always been a way for me to unwind and process things. When I need to talk to God about the things on my heart I always go on a walk. I have started referring to my long walks as prayer walks. I find so much relief in being able to talk out loud to God as I walk. Often times I will bring my journal with me on my walks and if I feel led I will find a pretty place to rest and write a few thoughts down in my journal.

When you are in a season of uncertainty and waiting, I highly encourage getting outside each day and going on a walk. It’s good for your physical health too. When we get overwhelmed by life it is too easy to let the sadness keep us from moving and making healthy choices. But something beautiful happens when we choose to pick ourselves up and move our bodies and talk to our Lord about how we feel.

Reading good biblical books

In the season of waiting that God has me in, I noticed that I often have so much time on my hands.  I realized that I need to keep my mind busy so I don’t’ sink back into feelings of fear and worry. One thing that has helped is reading good Christian books. Especially good biblical books that keep me focused on the character of God.  I have been trying to read at least one or two chapters before I go to bed each night when time allows.  Reading books about God’s character and attributes are some of my favorites.  Currently, I’m reading a book about walking through pain and suffering by Timothy Keller.

Jamming to worship music

I also have found that music does a lot to lift my mood. One of the best ways to change my mood when I’m worried has been listening to worship music while working or driving in my car. The words of worship songs always speak to my heart in deep ways and remind me to keep seeking God.
When you are in a season of waiting, try changing your normal jam to songs that talk about God’s goodness and faithfulness.  Let the words of the songs encourage your heart.

Staying connected with mentors and attend a Bible study

Lastly, I want to say that it’s important to stay connected. When we go through hard seasons of waiting it can be so easy to shut ourselves up and keep ourselves isolated. Waiting is hard but we can never truly move onto what God has next for us if we don’t let others into our life. I have found so much encouragement from my weekly bible study and fellowship with other believers. It has become such a strong foundation for me during my days of uncertainty.
I also have found so much love and support from others when I reach out to them and ask them to pray for me. There are a few people I have in my life whom I constantly reach out to and ask for prayer. I believe that God gives us these people to help us get through these hard seasons. When we don’t reach out to the people in our life then we do a disservice to ourselves. A friend who will pray with you and read scripture with you may be just the gift that your heart needs in your season of waiting.
I could probably keep going on with the ways I have been learning to rely more on God and keep my focus on him in seasons of waiting.  But I am running out of time so I must bring this post to end now.  When I look back at all the ways God has been growing me through my hard seasons of waiting I am thankful. I’m thankful to see that God is faithful to me and he is always using my hard seasons to help me develop Godly habits and rely more on Him.
I pray these tips and ideas will encourage you to keep chasing after God. Whatever it is you are facing, may it be a means for God to grow your faith!

The Lord as our Shepherd

The Lord as our Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Psalm 23
Hey all!  You may have noticed that there wasn’t a new post last week.  My life has been quite busy this last week.  I spent a few days working at a Christian adventure camp, then I flew down to Florida for a few days to visit my sister, and as soon as I returned home it was off to my church’s family camp.  So to make my life easier, I decided to take a short break from writing.  This week I’m finally able to slow down again and get back into a routine.  That being said, that is why there was no post last week.  I’m now ready and excited to get back into my writing after this little break.
As I was thinking about what to post for this week I decided that I would like to share with you something that’s God’s been putting on my heart this week.  At my church’s family camp the theme was “The Lord is our Shepherd.”  And you know what is kinda is ironic about the theme being about Jesus as our shepherd; In these last few weeks, God’s really been putting it on my heart to dwell on what it means to follow Jesus as my shepherd.  A few weeks ago I went backpacking to a beautiful meadow in the mountains and I randomly opened my bible up to Psalm 23.  Reading psalms 23 while taking in the views of a lush green meadow impacted my heart in such an amazing way.  Ever since that experience I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Lord as my shepherd.

Well, while I was at family camp I began meditating even more on Jesus being my shepherd.  During my time at camp, I was also having this overwhelming feeling of just being lost and directionless in my life.  I cried out to God and asked him to teach me what it means to be his sheep.  I wanted him to be my shepherd but I didn’t know how to start. And you know what happened? God comforted my heart and gave me three truths to hold onto as I follow him.
Today I am going to share the truths with you.  These truths are all from the first verse in Psalm 23; The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.”

1. We want for nothing

The first thing God spoke to my heart is the truth that when He is our shepherd, we shall not want for anything.  We have all we need in Jesus.
I had to humbly admit to God that I had been going through my life wanting what others have.  I’ve been watching others get things that I desperately want in my life.  Instead of being happy for them, all my heart has been saying was – “What about me, God!?”  So when I read the words “shall not want” it hit deep in my heart.  I had no right to cry out to God about the things he wasn’t given me because He as my shepherd, has already given me everything I need.
But now, LORD, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Jesus is a good shepherd and He gives us everything that we need.  God does not withhold good things from his children and whenever God tells us to wait it is because His timing is going to be better. Whatever your situation, you can rest in knowing that you have all you need when Jesus is your shepherd.

2. He leads us gently

Secondly, this verse reminded me that as my Shepherd, Jesus is gently guiding me down the right path.  Sometimes I don’t understand why the path He has me on has so much unwanted pain and waiting, but I know that everything God leads me to is a part of his plan.
A shepherd guides their sheep gently and protects them on the journey.  When we follow Jesus as our shepherd we can rest in knowing that He won’t leave us lost in the dark.  He will gently guide us on the path the leads us closer to Him.
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 137: 23-24

3. He brings us to still waters

Lastly, when the Lord is our shepherd, He will bring us to still waters.  Recently I have been feeling like I’m in the dark.  I’m on a path that is still full of a lot of unknowns.  But knowing that the Lord is leading me to green pastures and still waters gives my heart peace.
Here’s a truth for you to hold onto; if you ever find yourself in the valley of death, God promises to never leave you there.  Jesus as our shepherd is always leading us to the still waters.  Walking through our valleys of death is a necessary part of our journey but never the final destination.  Blessings and rest are always on the other side when the Lord is the one leading us.

I hope and pray that these three truths about the Lord being our shepherd can encourage your heart today. I also want to encourage you to spend some time meditating on what it means to be a sheep following the Good Shepherd.  Ask Jesus what it looks like to follow Him each day and then rejoice in the love that the Shepherd has for you.  If you are His, then the shepherd loves you with an everlasting love and He will never let you out of His sight.  The Shepherd’s loving care is yours to hold onto forever.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28