YESTERDAY ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 New International Version (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
It can be hard to live in a new day, when yesterdays are either good or bad.
My mom got stuck in yesterdays of life. I have found myself wishing things were like they use to be too. But I understand the importance of today and sharing real life with others. Some memories are not good ones and we can't seem to get past them. I was telling a friend (Sonia) that I have bad dreams. My day time life I know how to battle thoughts, but in my dreams, I have no control of what I dream. Sometimes waking up feeling scared, worried and troubled. I immediately start praying and knowing that I can overcome a dream, my own thoughts and press into God's word.
How about you? Do you have thoughts that need to come under control and then throw them away? The Bible speaks of casting down imaginations, but that is also thoughts. Thoughts that take us away and make us feel hurt inside. Somethings that happen to us in life isn't right. It doesn't seem fair and my normal isn't normal at all or is it? My normal should be one of trusting the Lord with all my heart.
1 Peter 5:7-9 New International Version (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
I LEARNED OF THE LORD and ALL HIS POWER
Cast away things that trouble you. Deal with what you must, but deal with it knowing God is able to restore, lift up and new beginnings happen. I have friends who deal with hard things. There childhood was not fair knowing the things they went through. But their adulthood is one of an overcome and pressing into God's ways. It's not easy, but they press on and become such an example to others. We never know who our life truly affects. I walk talking a woman yesterday at our Sisterhood service at church. She said she had gone to my church for over a year and I never saw her. She said, but I have seen you. You are very outgoing. What? I didn't realize the depth of how people see us or even know us when we don't know them.
Your example and my example is important. Live a life of being an overcomer of ALL things. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Prayer makes a difference and it changes you inside too. Press on and keep trusting the Lord with all your heart. I care and I promise to pray too.