No, I am not grateful for discouragement, although I am discouraged.
It has been a long day where if you would have offered me an anxiety pill, I would have asked for seconds.
Instead, I prayed, and prayed, tried to distract myself with two darling boys, was prayed for, and yet the anxiousness remained.
The source of the anxiety is a job offer I am hoping to receive. I interviewed last Tuesday for a position as a Case Manager at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention center. I went to the interview certain that I was a good fit for the position and it would be a job I could do well. Upon leaving the interview, I was positive that this was the job I had been searching for. I mean I WANT this position. It felt like a calling rather than a job and my heart is aching to hear whether or not I landed it. Continue reading
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Philippians 4:6-7, The Message
Every time I hear or read this particular passage of Scripture, I can’t help but hum the tune of, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” I’m not sure why, but that is my instant reaction. Silly. I know. Throw the first stone!
But happiness in place of worry is not exactly what this Scripture is talking about. The focus of these verses is to replace worry with prayer. Give it up and over to God and in so doing, find a peace that He is in control and you are not. Happiness, while nice, is fleeting and fickle. Peace and assurance in knowing that God’s got your back is a much better thing to strive for and hold onto. Continue reading