It is 5 o' clock in the morning as I type this. I felt impressed to encourage someone who may feel like they aren't making progress on this journey called life.
I'm lying in bed this morning praying and I started to smile. Immediately I thought to myself, "Kerissa pull back. Prayer is a serious matter!" That was religion trying to interrupt my moment. Faith reminded me that I can wake up each morning with a smile on my face even though:
1. My family is experiencing one of the most difficult health challenges we've had since the death of my Granny. Our resolve is being tested.
2. I haven't seen my mom in a year.
3. My truck needs some expensive and extensive work .
4. I'm a single mom playing the role of Superwoman! (See this post here).
There's a host of other things I could write about and turn this post into a complaint but l REFUSE!!! I refuse to give negativity top priority in my daily living or so much control over how I view each day I'm given.
This scripture reminds me that God is at work daily to bring to fruition the plans He has for me. Several months ago I was battling severe depression. My therapist told me if I couldn't dig myself out of the rut utilizing the exercises, suggestions and prayer I would need to be medicated.
Praise be unto God, I fought back! I fought back to a place of peace, safety, assurance and joy. So when I awake with a smile it is because I've consciously decided to not be moved into a place of despair by the student loans, frustrations to reach and teach my students (they really are listening, learning and growing), the turn up on racism & hated in the world, cost of truck repairs, missing my mom, family illness and whatever else that may occur.
I can smile when I'm praying because I am confident that my Heavenly Father is working on my behalf. The plans He has for me according to Jeremiah 29:11 are going to blow my mind and supercede what I've dreamed up for myself.
As we continue into the holiday season, I challenge you to daily remind yourself to give thanks in ALL things because Jesus is the reason for every season of our lives not just Christmas.