When I’m in a season of waiting, there are days where I feel completely secure in myself and the plan God has for my life, where I believe in my future blessings. These are the days where I know if I keep doing what God guides me to do, I will experience blessings I hadn’t even dreamed of. This is my truth. This is what I cling to when I have those “other days.” Because if I’m being honest, there are other days where I let the lies in before letting the truth in. These are the days I lack self compassion and confidence. The comparison thief steals my joy and whispers in my ear…
“You’ll never be as good as ___.”
“You’ll never be successful.”
“You’ll never live out your dreams.”
Yep. Those days. I actually let myself believe those things. Even just for a short while. Nonetheless, it’s a “short while” too long and joy that I can’t get back from those moments.
One day recently, I was having one of those thoughts and I happened to come across an important verse. (Because God does always know what we need and when we need it!) The verse was Luke 1:45.
Blessed is she who has believed the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.
Or, as the NLT version reads, You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.
And it got me thinking…how has the Lord already fulfilled His promises to me? I’ll share more about this later on, but first, I want to share with you how to change your way of thinking if and when you come across the days where you start to doubt, feel insecure, or the “I’m never’s” start rolling in…
Whatever the excuse, do it anyways. God may call you to do something that may confuse the heck out of you, and you’ll need to do it anyways. I’ve had to do this A LOT these past few years. And I can tell you firsthand, if you KNOW God is pointing you down a path and it seems scary, uncomfortable, hard, weird, counter-cultural, illogical, or confusing….do it anyways. because it WILL be worth it. I promise. I can’t stress that enough. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Keep going. Once you decide to give God’s way a shot, it’s not going to instantaneously change your life. Just keepin it real. You’ll have to be patient and give God room to do His thing. I like to call this your season of waiting. You’ll try and try and try and it will still be so hard. It’ll feel like you’re pushing a boulder up a mountain. You’ll be tempted to give up, or go back to your old ways. I’m screaming at you when I say…DON’T! Just. Keep. Going. (Galatians 6:9)
Remember your answered prayers. Stop and take a moment to think about all of the times God has fulfilled His promises to you and answered your prayers. These are times you look back and think,”I worried for nothing.”(Mark 11:24, 1 John 5:14-15)
I actually have a list of the major ways God has blessed me in different areas of my life that I use as reminders for when those doubts start rolling in.
- When I start to get overwhelmed with stress regarding our student loan debt, I remember God has blessed me financially when we decided to start giving 10% of our income. He will always give us what we need. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
- When God led us down roads we didn’t want to travel in our relationship, I remember God has blessed us when we followed His way instead of our own. (Romans 12:2)
- He always provides me with a roof above my head, that I’ve turned into a home, even when my living arrangements were unknown or not ideal. (Matthew 6:26)
- He gives me peace when I bring my anxieties and worries to Him. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- He has walked with loved ones through their battles of cancer. (Matthew 11:28)
- He has blessed and continues to bless my business even when I don’t see how everything will come together. (2 Chronicles 15:7, Psalm 20:4)
- He gives me what I need. He gives me trials in my life to teach me about His love for us and brings me closer to the person He has called me to be. He does not give up on us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
You have to believe your blessing are coming. Because they will, friend. I promise. They may not come when you want them to or how you want them to. But they will come. An then you’ll be able to experience the love God has for you. You’ll develop a strength and perseverance you maybe didn’t know was there. And best of all, you’ll be all armored up for what’s to come next.
God has promised us a life of adventure with Him. He’ll call you to partake on these adventures, but He’ll never leave you. He’ll be right there with you waiting to bless you at the most perfect time.
Lean on Him, keep going, and share your good news when it comes. Can’t wait to hear of your blessing!