A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with my mentor, Debbie.
Sitting on the edge of a black leather chair at a local bookstore, I sank deeply into all of my weaknesses and said, "I am just so overwhelmed."
I was in the thick of end of the year school activities, we were coming out of the fog of a weekend with stomach bug, also neck deep in life-altering decisions for my grandmother, and I had just left a "where can we tighten the budget" conversation with my husband.
I sulked deep into my circumstances and said, "How can I do all of this?"
Debbie sat upright in her seat, as if she had been waiting on me to ask that question all day. "You can do this. You are doing this. This is what God has made you to do. Your thinking is all wrong. It's time to get your mind right."
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
My mind has "an attitude." And the way I handle every situation in my life is a reflection of this Truth. Is the attitude of mind my going to be good or bad? Christ-centered or self-centered? Am I walking in victory or defeat?
I am learning a harsh reality about myself lately...I put a lot of faith in what I think I can't do. No doubt about it .... "I can't do that."
We do that don't we? Believe firmly that we can't.
My mind needs to realign. Its attitude needs to be renewed into the likeness of Christ, whose Word says, "Nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37
Truth be told, there is nothing I can't do...in the power of Christ. The hand of God leads me wherever I go. His right hand upholds me (Psalm 139:10). I need to renew my mind to this Truth.
God knew the day would come that I would have three little boys and a 90-year-old grandmother to care for. He knew my baby would have stomach virus on mother's day weekend. He knows our financial situation. He is Lord of it all. And yes, with God nothing is impossible.
Debbie said, "Becky, be renewed in your mind. Renew your thinking about Mamaw, about your finances, about your boys, about your marriage, whatever it is. Don't complain. Be thankful. Give thanks to God for where you are. Don't look to your flaws. Or your lack. Look to Jesus."
Look to Jesus. Have faith in Jesus. Have faith in the Truth that has set me free. Have faith in the power of the Holy Spirit in me. I have authority in His name.
Let me be a woman who has faith in the Lord. Not in my lack.
If you are overwhelmed today, have faith. You are right where you are suppose to be. Renew your mind, my friend. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. - Philippians 4:13