I’ve been seeing so many posts on Instagram lately asking, “But what did God tell you?” that it got me thinking about how many hours I’ve spent worrying about my problems, strategizing my solutions, planning for the future...when I should have been taking it to God first.
Instead of all this worry, I should be using “Take it to the throne” as my new motto—posting it everywhere as a constant reminder that God should be the first place to go when I have something on my mind.
Even now as I struggle with concern for someone close to me, I am consistently reminded by God that He’s got this. He has to whisper to me every day in prayer that He’s promised to make it okay. I can’t imagine if I hadn’t taken this worry to Him. I would be falling apart.
And to be honest, this is a spiritual discipline that I am still learning. I get better every day, but I still have so far to go.
So so where is a good place start? As single Christian women taking our desires for a partner to the throne is a good place to begin. Or if that’s a sore spot, start with something smaller on your heart. Just start. For me, I just couldn’t handle everything. I started with dating. Then my job. Then my finances. And I took bigger and bigger leaps. And I continue to take them. Each one is scary, and every day I have to take a deep breath and remind myself in prayer that I have given it
to God. I have taken my worries to the throne...
And God provides in ways I never expected. Am I married yet? No. But I’ve become stronger in who I am and what I expect from a partner. God is molding me still, and He has given me a peace and a heart of patience. God brought me from a hard job situation and to something new and exciting, where it seemed scary...but he carrried me. I wondered how bills would be paid, and yet the money came. He provided.
I spent a lot of time in my knees praying and I gave up control. I turned all of it over to the throne. He took on my worries as His own. And it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do, being the control freak I am. But the more I do it, the more He surprises me with His blessings.
It’s hard to hand over the control to God. However, when we hand our worries over to God, we know He’ll not only provide the desires of our heart, but the desires of His—which are always better than ANYTHING we could imagine. I’ve found that the more I hand over to the Lord, the more I let go of control, the better He gives back.
God never disappoints.
Sometimes the seeds you plant at one point in your life come back as blessing later. Years ago I wrote an article for teenagers outlining out to overcome temptations in their lives. And while that article may have been posted on a site that was geared toward the adolescent set, I realized early that the ideas I put forth weren't just things that only fit for the high schoolers. They could be used by anyone.
Well, apparently the staff at The Christian Circle agreed, and they kindly asked me to join them as a guest on their podcast talking about how we can use some, or all, of these tools to battle the temptations we face every day. We know that the enemy would absolutely love for us to get frustrated, give into our baser instincts and just walk away from God. However, there are ways we can rely on God to keep us strong and keep us focused on Him and our Christian walk.
I invite you to take a listen to the podcast here:
But besides my episode of this podcast, take a listen to some of the other episodes. Dr. Fernandes has some great episodes for women from all walks of life talking about the things Christian women face. Explore her episodes and give her a listen. She's awesome.
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