I’ve come to realize…

that time continues on with or without us.

You may be less surprised than I, but time really doesn’t care about our hurt feelings, grudges, hopes, dreams, or childhood aspirations. The common reply to most of these is “give it time”, when the truth of the matter is, time doesn’t care. He isn’t waiting around the corner, flowers in hand, and he most definitely isn’t standing at the end of the tunnel with his arms open wide. Father Time is not your pappy.

So what should we be saying if we aren’t giving the grand advice of time? How about “give it God”? What would happen if we gave our worries, anger, bitterness, and aching hearts to God? After all, he is with you at all time, and he created you in the very beginning. He cares for you. He is your father — the best one ever.

So, if you are in the melting pot of people who have been told to give it time, let me tell you something different: give it God. After that, just be. Do not try to make sense of it all, and most definitely do not try and fix it yourself. Give. It. God.

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This has become my prayer…

Dear God, give me spiritual wisdom and insight so I may grow in my knowledge of you. I pray that my heart would be flooded with light so that I can understand the confident hope that You have given to those You called–Your holy people who are Your rich and glorious inheritance.

Inspired by Ephesians 1:15-18

Stand Your Ground

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
– Ephesians 6:13-17 (NLT)

Out of all of this, and the many times I have read it, three simple words stood out to me (this particular time): “Stand your ground…”.  Stand. Your. Ground.

  • When you are faced with the memories of your past, stand your ground. 
  • When forgiveness is a word of impossibility, stand your ground.
  • When your mind is your greatest enemy, stand your ground. 
  • When you doubt who you are, stand your ground.
  • When you don’t see what you were created to be, stand your ground.
  • When you don’t know where to turn, stand your ground.
  • When fear embraces your heart, stand your ground.
  • When you never fit in, stand your ground.
  • When no one understands, stand your ground.
  • When you are in immense pain, stand your ground. 

This list really could continue on; it can be shaped and molded to your individual live, but regardless, the instruction never changed. The words “stand your ground” apply no matter where you are in life.

That being said, it’s up to you to act and react to life. Will you crumble and fold under the pressure? Will you fall back to habitual happiness? Or, will you stand your ground?