When we soften our hearts to allow the grace of the Lord in, it inevitably changes us. It changes the way we look at ourselves, love others, and how we recognize blessings.
Without a connection to the love of God, it can be near impossible to regularly “look on the bright side of life.” DIfficulties and strife are, simply put, just a part of life. How we deal with them makes all the difference.
Before I allowed the love of God to consume my heart, the difficulties and stress I would experience consumed me. I would obsess over things, even things I had absolutely no control over, to the point of inducing anxiety and panic attacks. This happened regularly, and I had no capacity to overcome them – I just had to simply wait them out. Many times, waiting them out took a long time because I didn’t know how to calm down and work through the swirling thoughts consuming my brain. Before I allowed the Lord’s grace to change me, from the inside out, I was a victim of these attacks and circumstances. I couldn’t see the growth and blessings through the difficulties – the difficulties were just horrible facts of my life that I felt I probably deserved.
Letting go of how I chose to see the world, and opening my heart and mind to what Jesus says I am, how He sees the world, and the good in everyone changed me drastically. As I began to embrace His ideals instead of the worldly ones I had developed, my worries consumed me less and I began to learn through the difficulties that life presented, not only after they were long over. I began to see the blessings through the strife, the lessons through the painful circumstances, and in the midst of the worst, I still felt the love the my Savior.
I am happy to say that it has been a long time since I have had a full blown anxiety or panic attack. Knowing the goodness and love of God has calmed me so much that I am able to work through the beginnings of attacks, steering away from them turning into a crippling fear that consumes all of me. Knowing that my Lord always wants the best for me, that there is a purpose for everything and a lesson in every experience, assists my humanly defects in overcoming anything the world throws my way. His love has changed me from the inside out! I am no longer in fear of being a victim because I am loved by my Father beyond my capacity to even understand. I am never alone and left to my own devices, because I allow Him in and listen to His guidance and love, as it lays on my heart.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
I have found enormous strength in the love of Christ – a strength that is not of my own making. A strength that has made me into a woman I am proud to be today (yes… even on my worst days!)
Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and do not be afraid! God is coming to your rescue! (Isaiah 35:4)
Ask Him for guidance and listen to what He brings forth to you. When you allow Him to work through you, changing you, you will find what you are looking for.