True Little Bits

I just finished a read through of the book of Proverbs.  Whew.  That’s a lot of good-some (yes, good-some) wisdom to digest.  I started thinking about some of the best one-liners that I’ve treasured in my heart and mind over the past decade.  Moves, college, heartaches, triumphs, first jobs, a trek to the desert, loss, opportunities, disappointment, love, purpose… through it all God has used the voices of family, friends, co-workers, authors, pastors, and even strangers to give me additional wisdom to my arsenal.  His voice has been the clearest, but I wanted to just share a few of my favorite truth bits that I’ve come to claim and believe for my own life.  Be sure to comment with some of the truth bits or verses that help you wade through this life!

In no particular order:

1. Everyone has bad days at work.
2. God says, “Know ME” and not “Know Thyself.”
3. God-esteem over self-esteem every time.
4. It is not good to be controlled by anything.
5. Live above reproach.
6. All things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial.
7. It is better to be anything deprived rather than God deprived.
8. There’s no benefit to anyone else when I try and appear perfect.
9. Why Abram? Maybe, simply, because he would GO.
10. We are not those who shrink back, but those who believe and are saved.
11. Gather experiences, not things.
12. Fear is not a valid excuse.
13. Singleness is not a condition or something to be endured.
14. GO until you get a no.
15. God is pleased with you BECAUSE he is pleased with His Son.
16. God cannot love you any more or any less than He does right now.
17. When reality and expectations don’t match up… all that’s left is disappointment.
18. God speaks to us in different ways. Listen for your story.
19. Open up your hands.
20. The type of bait you use determines the fish you will catch.
21. Quiet tension is not trust, it is simply compressed anxiety.
22. Comparison is the thief of joy.
23. Enthusiasm covers a multitude of sins.
24. Talk less, listen more, and ask lots of questions.
25. Eating ice cream for dinner is totally fine and completely worth it.
26. God is the only one who can complete you.
27. If you want to win big, you have to risk big.
28. Few great things were ever accomplished by sitting on a couch and watching T.V.
29. Get out of the car and go make new friends.
30. Relationships are seasonal… and that’s ok.
31. Worry accomplishes nothing.
32. Put your grocery cart back where it goes.
33. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray always.
34. Remember you are a work in progress.
35. Be quick to forgive.
36. Read God’s Word every day of the week… not just Sundays.
37. Eat your vegetables. Sometimes eat them with cheese.
38. Waiting for God’s timing is totally worth it.
39. Garbage in, garbage out.
40. Remember WHOSE you are, rather than just who you are.

There certainly are more, but number 46 is to remember that people only spend on average 1 minute and 47 seconds on single blog post. ;)

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Following,
Ginger

Feelings are so touchy-feely.

Dear Ginger,

I go to church and know that I should probably feel happy all the time, but I actually feel like I don’t fit in anywhere.  I don’t feel good about myself.  How do I fix my feelings… how do I make them change?

Thanks – F.

Dear F,

Thanks for such a great question that we can ALL identify with.  It sounds like you are in a tough place to be right now.  I am so sorry that things have been hard for you.  I know what it’s like to feel ineffective, depressed, lonely, and like I can’t measure up.  I’ve totally been there.

The crazy thing about feelings is that they are temporary. What we are feeling for a chunk of time (unless depression is involved) tends to change throughout the day.  That means I can be on cloud nine in the morning because I get an encouraging text… but I can also quickly become upset and angered if my phone company accidentally charges me an additional $200 on my bill.  Our emotions change so many times in a single day.  Because emotions are internal you have to change your mindset to change your emotion and this process doesn’t come naturally.  Bummer.

My feelings will change all the time.  (Wait, they just did again.  Awesome.)  Just like you I have periods of doubt, frustration, or fear and I can honestly tell you that the only thing that has been able to see me through is the TRUTH of God’s Word. The devil really loves to feed you negative words, guilt, and lies so that your thoughts control you… rather than you controlling your thoughts!

The GREAT news is that regardless of how we are feeling about ourselves or our situations – God still thinks wonderful thoughts about us!

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!”
Psalm 139:17 (NLT)

Not only does God have precious thoughts about you, but this verse also says that those thoughts cannot be numbered!

Self-esteem would have me working hard to feel better, but I now know that my self-esteem is going to fluctuate on a crazy cycle until I get it centered on God.  Ever seen your washing machine get off center?  It sounds like my whole house is coming down… until it gets balanced and centered.

Our center of gravity should be God’s Word!  My recommendation would be that you start filling up on GOOD stuff.  Replace those negative feelings with Truth.  It’s not going to be like an instant caffeine hit.  You will still have days when you do feel not up to par – but remember 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NCV) and fight like you mean it!

“We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.”

Be encouraged – you are not in this alone!

Following,
Ginger