By: Nancy Abiera
“No one can please (PLS) God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I heard many people are nervous about life going back to normal with all the stress we had with the pandemic. I am not even sure what “normal” is. I guess, we all have those concerns. Please note that we can either be “locked in Fear” or be “soaring in Faith”. Let us choose the latter and allow me encourage you. We cannot afford allowing fear to remain active in our life as it will definitely mess up our minds, paralyze us and suffocate our God-Given Destiny.
Faith on the other hand is free flowing, always full of power, love and wise/sound mind, always hopes, always perseveres, always win. No “whining in fear”, just winning in faith. Moreover, fear is perverted imagination that is destructive in the natural. Faith is created imagination that is creative in the supernatural
Let us attack the problem we create in our minds, and overcome the feelings of fear using faith.
1. Getting Priorities Set – Major on the Major and Minor on the Minor. The lockdown taught us of so many distractions that are not really important. It was an eye opening experience that “Faith, Family and Friends” are the top three priorities that matter the most for me. We were able to pray for each other weekly on the zoom. Write things down and put them in action.
2. Being mindful of an attitude and lifestyle of health: spirit, soul and body. Spiritual health brings emotional health as well as physical health. Holistic approach is best as it brings total balance. As a family, we walked together in the neighborhood and enjoyed the free clean air and sunshine. We even used it as a time of prayer (prayer walk). We made home cooked meals that are healthier and tastier as well. Intentional imagination brings fruition.
3. Finding creative ways in adjusting to changes. Some of my friends started sewing cloth masks for sale while others donated them. Our youngest son, Jeff started gardening and will be having chickens in t0 the backyard. Our oldest son, Nathan, filmed a worship dance for church choreographed by his wife, Rose, with their children: JJ, Joshua and Mila right in their backyard. My husband, Jonathan, added more kitchen cabinets while I remodeled our kitchen. Be creative not destructive.
4. Let go and let God. This mindset will definitely help us go through all these challenges. These are just tests in life that we all need to pass with flying colors. Let us all trust Him.
Let us pray together the Serenity Prayer: “GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.” Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr
Always choose “On A Bright Side” moving further and farther “On A Brightest Side”. I love you readers with the love of the Lord yet the Lord loves you the most. You are so blessed. Smile and be a blessing! Rev. Nancy H. Abiera