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STOP & SMELL THE.. ERR...SUNFLOWERS
Sometimes we're so wrapped up & worried about obtaining God's promises that we forget to stop and enjoy the present.
God is not about rushing through life full of anxiety and stress. God is a good father who wants us to appreciate and be thankful for all the gifts he gives us.
"When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy." (Psalm 94:19)
Anxiety kills joy.
Those who have struggled with anxiety are familiar with the inner fear that whispers it's lies "don't get too happy, if you relax something bad might happen."
I've experienced it many times and know that it can rob us of enjoying God's goodness and blessings in our lives.
Imagine giving your child a present that they begged you to buy for their birthday. Now imagine you handing over the gift with a big smile, anticipating the excitment they're going to have as they rip the wrapping paper apart and receive their long awaited birthday present.
But instead of opening it they take it and leave it unopened, sitting there.
That's what we do when we allow anxiety and fear to grip our hearts and minds and cloud our ability to enjoy the gifts that God wants to give us.
consolation: comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.
When we go through loss, pain and disappointment we become hurt. As humans we will fight to avoid pain at all costs, even if the avoidance ends up harming ourselves even more.
Allow God to come into your life and be your comfort. Let his consolation enter your heart and joy to come flooding back into your life.
Don't stay wounded and broken by the pain of your past. Let God do his healing work and repair your heart so that you can fully enjoy the good gifts he wants to pour out on you.
"God is always going to be inviting, nudging and challenging you to step into greater faith and rest.
The enemy however is going to push you to step into fear and ungodly striving by trying to make things happen in your timing and through your own wisdom and effort rather than God's.