Life Can Be Hard – We Need God
It does not matter what I am going through, life can just be really hard. When life’s hardships want to swallow me up and spit me out, I sometimes have a tendency to catastrophize the situation no matter what the issue may be. I might begin to worry needlessly and think of all kinds of situational outcomes. It would usually be something overdramatic and involve someone dying, getting a divorce, losing a limb or losing something valuable. I know this may sound a little silly to you, but in my mind, it was real. You may not catastrophize your situation, but instead you worry or press the panic button. God is no where in the picture.
S.T.O.P for God
In the moments of a panic-infused moment, I have learned to S.T.O.P. before all of the catastrophizing gets started.
S – silence – get to a place where you can silence your brain, your environment, your phone, the people around you, etc. This way, you will be at a better place to hear from God. Psalm 46:10
T – talk – talk to God. It does not have to be a formal prayer. It can be “Lord, help me!” Go to Him and tell Him what is on your heart. Psalm 4:1
O – observe – the great holiness of God by praising Him for who He is. Nothing is too hard for Him to handle. Jeremiah 32:27
P – ponder – on scripture that will help you through your difficult time. Matthew 4:1-11
I have used the S.T.O.P. method in my life when my bipolar brain starts racing and my thoughts become a runaway train. I have used S.T.O.P. when I have self-esteem issues, too. This method always helps to set my mind at ease and gives me a stable ground to walk on. When I feel the peace which surpasses all understanding, I know God is with me.
Does Jesus ever leave us when the going gets tuff? The Bible promises that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). I know that I am not alone and that He will get me through anything.
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