I’m willing to bet cash that you do the exact same…

Right now, in the celebration of October I’m drinking pumpkin flavoured coffee like every other white girl on the face of the earth. You might as well join the pumpkin trend and go make coffee for yourself because I’ve got my pot full of Autumn and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m gunna be brutally honest with you: I stress about future tasks that I have to deal with; I’m willing to bet cash that you do the exact same. In the summer I find this stress shrinks. It doesn’t totally go away but it definitely isn’t as noticeable compared to when I’m at school and actually have things pressing on me. As much as I love “To Do Lists” because of the motivation I get from them, they also give me an underlying stressful feeling. I get stressed thinking about all the things that I have to get done by a certain time, whether it be school work and studying or house cleaning or other random things that made it on to the list. Early last week when I was doing my devotions I knew that God was warning me about what was coming down the pipe. My teachers had been talking about a major assignment they were going to be giving us that would be due before the Thanks Giving break coming up. My teachers talking about an assignment coming up but not actually assigning it is equivalent to someone saying or texting you, “We need to talk.” Those four words might as well just be thrown into the group of four letter words… lets be honest. As you can imagine, everyone in my class was wondering what exactly this assignment would be if it applied to three of four of our instructors classes. This was going to be big. We could feel it. Jesus Calling the next morning wrote, “Trust Me and refuse to worry, for I am your strength and your Song. You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength. However, they are not today’s tasks – or even tomorrow’s. So leave them in the future and bring yourself back to the present where you will find Me waiting for you.” I was in shock reading this. “Since I AM your strength, I can empower you to handle each task as it comes. Because I AM your song, I can give you joy as you work alongside Me.”

Field“Payton, you are freaking out internally about something that could be awesome. Why? You have no idea how much you could end up loving what’s coming up ahead but you are choosing to dread it right now. Stop. Shift yourself down into neutral and coast until you come up to the task. Like you just read, I will give you the strength, knowledge, creativity and joy to handle whatever your teachers will assign to you. Put your trust in me and together we can crush anything.” You know when you are chewing mint gum in the winter and take a deep breath in? You can feel the cool air inside of you in your lungs? It’s strangely refreshing. That’s how I felt. I felt like God forced a refreshing cool air inside of me. I had so much peace in that moment. I knew that whatever would assigned in the next couple of days might be tough but in the end it was going to be awesome. That made me excited. At the bottom of the devotional was Hebrews 10:23 and The Message puts it this way, “So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” I thought that was incredible to be completely honest with you. Later that week I watched one of my all time favorite movies, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. I’m not even ashamed. It’s easily one of the most kid-ish movies you’ll even watch, but every time I see it; I love it. It’s one of the only movies I’ve ever watched where I’ve laughed hard and cried just as hard yet walked away happy. Maybe it’s because I see myself in both of the main characters; Mr. Magorium is ridiculous and loves to do whatever will put a smile on someone’s face even if it means making a fool out of himself. He enjoys new things and appreciated the little things in life like bubble wrap and coloured pens. He is incapable of boredom and is always up for a new adventure. I love him. When I’m 243 years old I want to be like him. Mahoney, on the other hand, is an awkward, insecure girl who isn’t quite sure where her life is going. She had dreams of becoming a composer and concert pianist but that dream hasn’t taken off and she feels stuck. I think if we’re continuing the brutally honest streak; we can all agree that we can often feel like Mahoney. Anyways, Mahoney works for Mr. Magorium and it’s obvious to see that they are more than just boss and employee but actually really good friends – despite the crazy age difference. One morning she is talking to Mr. Magorium about how she feels “stuck” with where she is at in life and this is how he responds:

It isn’t until near the end of the movie that Mahoney figures out how to use the Congreve Cube but she only figures it out when she is forced to be real and honest with herself and realizes what she is truly capable of. I think that’s another reason why I enjoy this movie so much. Think about all of the memorable characters in the Bible; who are the ones that stick out to you? Maybe Joseph, Moses, Noah, Gideon, Esther, Ruth, Peter, David the list is almost endless but all of them were, in their own unique ways, a Congreve Cube. They were simply blocks of wood that hadn’t found what they were capable of with God’s Strength and Song. Each and everyone became more than a block of wood when they but their trust in God and ran with whatever strength and song The Lord gave them! When Joseph was trusting the Lord and focusing on His strength instead of what he could do himself, God brought him up to the rank of Pharaoh. Noah was considered a fool but people obviously realized that he was a the wise one in the end! Moses was a coward until God got hold of him and used him to lead His people. Same goes for Gideon and all of the other Bible hero’s we can read about. The next day I was again encouraged by what God had to say during my devotions, “Open your mind and heart – your entire being – to receive My love in full measure. One of the Devil’s favourite deceptions is to undermine  your confidence in My unconditional love. Fight back against these lies. Do not let them go unchallenged. Draw near to Me and My Presence will envelop you in love.” The next day also ran off this fact, “I am with you and all around you; because I am infinite I am able to love you as if you and I were the only one in the universe.” The more I thought about it I realized that each and everyone of us are big blocks of wood that require faith and love. – just like Mr. Magorium mentioned. However, we don’t need just any faith an love; faith in the Lord and continual love for Him and from Him. With those two things we may find ourselves somewhere we’ve never imagined.

Mr. Magorium

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” {Matthew 6:34}

 

Sunflower 5Guys, God is perpetually with us and taking care of us. This is the most important fact of our existence. He is not limited by time or space; His Presence is a forever promise. We don’t need to fear the future because God is already there. Our future is in The Lord’s hands and we need to continually release it to Him day by day; moment by moment. I want you to go ahead and live this day abundantly seeing all there is to see and doing all there is to do! Don’t be stressed or worried about things that are around the corner! Leave them to God. He tells us that every new day is a glorious gift. There are very few people that know how to live within the confines of a single day. Everyone has a mental list of things that we need to do for tomorrow or next week or even next month! Yes, be a good steward and manage your time wisely but don’t confuse “good time management” with lack of trust in the Lord to handle things that are naturally out of our hands. God wants to help us keep our focus on Him in the now not us in the future. That is how we can live abundant and full lives in Christ. I’m encouraging you guys to have faith in Christ and to love Him just as He loves you!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful – I know that full well” Psalm 139:14}

 

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

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