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Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Tips to Finding Peace in Uncertainty Times

Nothing is really certain in this world of ours. Everything is in a constant state of flux and turmoil. Just take a look at the stock market these days. It's easy to get off center and start to worry or become anxious.

Envision yourself in one of these scenarios. You've gone for tests and you're waiting for the medical report to come back. You lost your job unexpectedly or your spouse walks out on you. Your child is diagnosed with a serious health condition. As hard to accept as these can be, negative circumstances have something positive to teach us and that is how to live with uncertainty. 

There are lots of situations in life when we don't know what's coming next and we are forced to wait in a state of limbo. Time seems to stand still and we wonder what the future holds or if God is really paying attention to us or if He really cares. The answer to that question is a resounding "YES, He is and He does!" God is totally in control and has a purpose for everything we go through.

God has allowed many situations in my life that have been extremely painful.  If you've read my book, "The Power of Faith", you know I've been through a lot of ugly stuff such as: a bad marriage, an ugly divorce, financial ruin, health issues, rebellious kids, painful dating relationships. I could go on, but you get the idea. Sometimes I look back and wonder why has all this happened to me? But then I look at other people who are a lot worse off and I am very thankful. In fact, a better perspective is to say "Thank you, God, for bringing me through all that stuff." Trials build our character. They build endurance, hope, and faith.

We don't know why things happen and it's normal to wonder how everything is going to turn out. The good news is we can relax. I know, easier said than done. Repeat after me: God is in control. These circumstances may be a surprise to us, but they are not a surprise to God. He knows exactly what is going on. He has us in the palm of his right hand. Picture that for a moment - in the palm of His right hand. Gives you a certain comfort level, doesn't it?

Now I am not trying to minimize whatsoever the stuff we endure in life but I have learned that learning to wait and trust God in situations is critical to maintaining my peace and joy during the rough patches of life. So what can we do to get through while we're waiting? Here are some techniques I've learned that help me and hope they help you as well.

1. Set a limit on the amount of time you ruminate on a situation. Do not let yourself be consumed by whatever is going on in your life. Ruminating sucks energy and joy out of us and keeps us in stall mode.

2. Remember you are not alone.
Others have and are going thru the same thing. Reach out to them for support. Don't be afraid to talk to others about what you're going through. I've found that when I open up, others do the same. We are all dealing with something and we all need a listening ear.

3. Don't rush ahead of God and take the situation into your own hands.
It could have disastrous results. Yes, waiting is tough, but if we don't wait on God we could get ourselves into a worse mess. God is directing our steps and His speed is usually SLOW. I've learned that many situations in life I think are annoyances are really opportunities for me to learn that endearing quality known as Patience.

4. Trust God.
 Most of us have no concept of how much God really loves us. If we didn't receive the appropriate love and attention from our parents, we have a hard time understanding and accepting the fact that God does indeed love us. Put it this way. Take the love you feel for the most special person in your life and multiple that by like a thousand (very rough guess). God loves each and everyone of his children and ultimately wants the very best for you.

5. Praise God.
Praise comes in many forms. It could be singing, praying, thanking, quoting scripture verses.
Praise is good for our souls and our spirits. It takes our focus off our problems and puts it back on
God. It lifts our burden. Praise also activates movement in the heavenly realms.

What is it that you are uncertain about? Have you lost your peace and joy? If so, I am writing this today to encourage all of us. We may not be able to do anything to speed up the process, but we certainly can learn to enjoy the journey more by cultivating patience and trusting God.

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Until next time, keep looking up and do post a comment or forward this to a friend!

Ariel