"...lean not on your own understanding."

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6

This means I don't have to lay awake at night, my eyes heavy with weariness, to try to figure everything out. In the morning, I'm exhausted and I still have no answers. This means that those sleepless nights can be turned into times of prayer because I know that He is in absolute control; prayer is my act of surrender.

This means I don't have to doggedly pursue what I want when the Lord has asked me to wait; I can be still and know He is God. (Psalm 46:10)

This means when all of the fears and what-ifs surface and destroy my peace, I have permission to release them to a sovereign God. They don't have to be entertained.

This means I don't have to be afraid I or someone else messed things up or will mess things up. Those mistakes don't thwart God's plan; they were a part of His plan.

This means that after you've been forgiven, you don't have to shrink inside with shame when you recall the ways you have fallen. This means that those regretful years spent making the wrong choices were not wasted. 

This means I don't have to be afraid to be vulnerable with the people I care about; afraid if they saw my mess and my baggage, they'd reject me. I can be honest about where I have been and who God is making me to be and what His calling is on my life. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

This means that the circumstances I may find myself standing in that I don't like are not an accident. They are God's best for me right now.

"Rebellion--if this is the will of God for me now, He doesn't love me. 
Rejection--if this is what God is giving me, I won't have any part of it. 
Faith--God knows exactly what He's doing.
Acceptance--He loves me; He plans good things for me; I'll take it." 

Passion & Purity by Elizabeth Elliot

This means you and I can rest.

For now, 
Jennifer

 

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