Take Nothing for Granted

I remember one of the vivid dreams I had several years ago. The world was in a panic because scientists had said that the sun would stop existing.

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In the dream I looked up and saw the sun slowly crack into two parts. The light of the sun dimmed and then was gone.

I remember thinking, “What will happen now?” Without the sun, all life would end—we would die from extreme cold and no plants would grow. As people were horrified by what they saw and screaming in the streets, suddenly there was a new and brighter sun that appeared. In my dream I thought, “God took care of us… He wants us to live.”

I don’t know what the dream meant or why I dreamt it, but I woke up realizing that I really did believe in God, and deep down inside I knew that no matter what happens, God is still there.

I think we tend to take things for granted. We think our loved ones will always be around, that we’ll always be around, or that everything we see around us will always remain the same.

I don’t know what kind of situation you are waking up to today, but remember these five things:

1. There will be “good” days and there will be “bad” days—“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).

2. God is still in control—“…doesn’t the Lord see all these things? Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission?” (Lamentations 3:36-37).

3. Make the most of “today”— “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days… And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:16, 20).

4. Look for the “positive things” in your life—“Always be joyful…  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18).

5. Keep trusting God, no matter what—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Proverbs, 3:5; Isaiah 43:2-3).

Live life to its fullest, and keep loving God!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

What can I do when I am discouraged?

I’ve been very discouraged for the past few days. It has made me question many things about me and my abilities. I’ve been discouraged before, but it seems like it is worse now than it’s ever been before. I am almost discouraged from reading God’s Word, but that’s how the devil would like for me to react.

I thought about some of the ways I can combat discouragement:

  1. I need to run to God— “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10)
  2. I need to read His Word even more— “…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4)
  3. I need to be strong— “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you…” (Isaiah 41:10)
  4. I need to stay focused—“…after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (1 Peter 5:10)
  5. I need to remember that everything that happens is part of God’s plan—“…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28)

Even though I am still very much discouraged, I feel hopeful after reading these Scripture verses. I need to keep pressing forward despite feeling discouraged. I know deep in my heart that God will take care of me, but my present circumstances seem to cloud everything.

I know that He wants what is best for me and I know that He will not lead me in the wrong direction (“I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you”—Psalm 32:8). I have to hold onto the promise in Deuteronomy 31:8, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

God, after reading these Scripture verses, I know that I just have to trust in You.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti