Ceasing to Strive

I have been striving. On my own. Trying to figure out what is coming. What is around the next bend and the one after that. I have been filling myself up the last two weeks with worry, anxiety, trying to find solutions to things that haven’t happened yet.

Yesterday, my pastor spoke about how less is more. Less of me means God can have more. If I pour out all of me, He has more room to fill me up.

This morning, I read a blog by a friends who, going through a different situation, was more or less struggling with the same thing. She wrote “Be still – cease striving – and know that I am God.” Words that I needed to hear. That I needed to believe. Cease striving. Know that I am God. Not you.

A few minutes ago I heard Jeremy Camp’s “Walk by Faith.” Some of the lyrics are below.

Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way  – Have you never NOT guided me before?
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day  – Am I just reading your Word or am I absorbing it and applying those truths to my daily life and walk with You?
Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see – Do my actions say that believe even when I can’t see?
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me 

Help me to win my endless fears – “I cried out to you and you heard me and took away all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
You’ve been so faithful for all my years – Again, I ask myself, when have you NOT guided me and been faithful
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

Well I’m broken- but I still see Your face – I continually mess up, don’t listen, try to do things on my own, but You never leave, never change, never forsake. You continue to make Yourself known. Why? Because it is NOT about me.
Well You’ve spoken- pouring Your words of grace

How thankful I am for reminders that
1. It is not about me, but Him
2. If and when I decrease, He will increase.
3. He has never left me or forsaken me.
4. When I don’t know, He does.
5. It wouldn’t be faith if I knew what was coming.

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