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Blessed Vs. Stressed

In March, God spoke to my heart and reminded me that He is my provider. I took that word and planted it deep in my heart. There has been so much to get stressed out about. You cannot open social media these days or watch the news and not find a trigger to get you down. I have made it up in my mind that I am only going to choose to focus on blessings and the reasons that I have to be thankful. "Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]" (Colossians 3:2, AMP). I am not accepting any stress albeit internal or external because there is enough of that going around. Each day that I wake up, and I have my health and strength, that is enough to thank Him for.

I know that it is hard in a time like this, but it is good to reflect on all of the ways that God has already made for you. I have faced some huge mountains over the past few years that I did not know how I would make it over. Now that I look back, I know that I did not do the work alone because God carried me over to the other side. So many are weary and feeling the stress of being home and in isolation. One thing that I can tell you is that no storm lasts forever. Even in Biblical times, plagues were not ongoing. This one is that we are experiencing will not last forever. At some point, it is going to come to an end. I cannot tell you when, but it will.

What I have learned is that my blessings are not correlated to what is going on around me. God is still working in the midst of this time of reset. I will not lose my faith or stagger in my belief. The same God that blessed me before this pandemic is blessing me now. Blessed vs. Stressed is a simple choice that requires a made up mind and a lot of focus. I am intentionally placing my thoughts only in a good place. Is it easy? No, it isn't.

My heart aches for those that are sick, those who have lost loved ones and had to say farewell in such a detached fashion, and even those who have lost jobs and income. As God reminded me, I want to remind you. He is our provider. Those in the kingdom will never be without provision. He is ready and willing to equip you with supernatural strength to keep fighting the good fight of faith. So like the song says, "Even when you can't see Him, He's working. Even when you can't feel Him, He's working. He never stops working." I choose to still believe. I will not live stressed and overcome with worry. I will remember that I am blessed, and I hope you will too.

Peace and blessings,

Dr. A.C.

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