Today, I was thinking about something that happened a few months ago during a routine visit to the optometrist.
He told me that our oldest daughter Kyla may need to have surgery on her eyes—immediately.
He noticed an irregularity in Kyla’s retina during her eye exam.
“I want you to see a specialist right away,” he said intensely.
Well, once we got to the ophthalmologist’s office, after filling out a bunch of paperwork, Kyla had her eye pressure checked, while I answered a bunch of other questions.
Once the specialist completed his thorough examination, he told me that, what he saw in her eye “looked like” something serious.
I sat up a little straighter, listening intently.
He then added, “But you have nothing to worry about, Mom. It’s not that.”
I sighed, relieved.
What appeared to be an abnormality on her film, turned out to be quite normal after all.
The ophthalmologist, who is among the best in our region, explained that, among patients of color, he frequently sees what our referring optometrist assumed was an indicator of major trouble.
Thank God it wasn’t what it looked like!
The ophthalmologist understood the inner-workings of the eye. So he knew what the referring optometrist couldn’t know from a general examination.
Friend, sometimes, what things appear to be is different from what they are. Unfortunately, there are moments when we panic before the ultimate specialist, the Lord Himself, weighs in.
I remember the optometrist telling me not to jump to any conclusions before seeing the ophthalmologist.
You see, he knew from experience that a preliminary examination without the confirmation of a highly trained eye doctor, could lead to wrong conclusions.
Though concerned, I didn’t let my mind run away with me. I had a talk with Jesus about it.
How much better off would we be if, instead of reacting by worrying and stressing over what we think we know, we first consulted the one who does know all things?
When difficulties, issues and obstacles show up, it’s important not to do a surface-level assessment and respond based on your initial impressions.
Seek God about it.
Don’t get negative and start expecting the worst.
And by all means, don’t listen to the enemy when he starts telling you junk like: this is a sign that you will fail; God is not with you; situations will never improve; you’re holding onto faith for nothing; your life has no value; you will not be fruitful; you will be down forever; you may as well give up; you will drown beneath the heavy load of burdens you’re bearing.
If you believe that stuff, you’ll find yourself getting all anxious, worried, worked up and off focus.
To help you not to do that, obey what Philippians 4:6 says, which is a great defense against worry.
It says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
That word “careful” in this passage of scripture is the Greek word “merimnaó,” which means to be anxious or over-anxious about something, or to be distracted by it.
In other words, Philippians 4:6 is saying, don’t allow yourself to become anxiety-ridden and too absorbed in your problems.
Instead, that passage tells you to do something very specific. That is, pray instead of worry. Consult God. Take your situation to the specialist first.
Is that always easy to do?
You’re going to have to wrestle with your emotions and fight through doubt and fear in order to press your way into God’s presence.
But it’s so worth the press!
In His presence, you’ll find everything you need. He’ll give you comfort, assurance and strength for the journey.
So whatever you’re facing, take it to Him. Tell Him all about your symptoms, concerns, obstacles and challenges.
He knows what you’re dealing with anyway. He’s not surprised by this latest development. Furthermore, God has a plan and the power to execute it.
Here’s another amazing thing. When you give your cares over to the Lord, then you’ll experience the promise of Philippians 4:7. That scripture says, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Supernatural peace results from leaning on and confiding in God!
Isn’t that good to know?
Whatever you’re up against, pray about it instead of stressing about it. Take it to the Master. Let Him give you clarity, comfort and confirmation that all will be well.
To help you get your mind focused on seeking the Lord, I’m stirring Isaiah 26:3 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you’re being empowered to release your worries. The release of those concerns, coupled with an unwavering trust in God, will result in perfect peace.
Right now, we’re about to go to the throne of grace through intercessory prayer.
Please join me in praying for the following individuals who asked to be included on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” list.
As you connect your faith with this ministry and intercede for members of our faith community—both listed and unlisted— my prayer is that God would move in your life and answer your requests as well.
My husband told me he wants a divorce after 30 years. I am devastated. He is a deacon and has been faithful. I don't know why he wants out. He said he's not happy and hasn't been for a long time, but he won't even go to counseling to try to save the marriage!!! Oh God what do I do? Where do I go from here? I'm so broken! We have been through everything together, raised two beautiful kids. I'm sad to say it but I feel like I don't know who I am without him. Oh God please help me.
I have been diagnosed with Fibroids and recently went through my third miscarriage. My husband and I are heartbroken. We were believing God for a healthy baby. I'm not giving up but I just need healing and restoration of my faith. I am crying so badly right now. My faith has taken a major hit. Please lift me up. Thank you.
Please pray for my sister, diagnosed with cancer on tissues of her bladder, presently on chemo treatment. A cyst was removed on 16/09/2015. Her treatment was started from January 2015 up till now. She is concerned of losing her bladder. God Bless your ministry.
I want to know my purpose. I have rededicated my life back to God. And now I know God has a purpose for me.
I've been struggling with a miserable condition called tinnitus for 2 1/2 years. I am like the woman with the issue of blood, spent money going to every doctor I could think of for help. There is no cure. I have prayed and prayed and prayed and it is getting worse instead of better. I am seeing a psychologist at the college to try and learn acceptance, but I'm tired of being miserable with this. I've had my ears anointed, lots of people are lifting me up in prayer. But the words, there is no cure, are beginning to take the place of the hope that I once had for relief. The Word said nothing is impossible for God. I am starting to wonder if maybe tinnitus is too hard for God. I don't want to doubt God's words, but this is wearing me out. Imagine your ear ringing constantly non-stop for 2 1/2 years? And doctors saying, there's no cure.
I humbly ask that you stand in faith with me concerning my husband and his gambling addiction & lust; and my children's deliverance with alcohol and drugs; and my healing of fibromyalgia and arthritis. I know God is faithful and He is able. In Jesus' name. Amen.
I have struggled with creating a bond between my mom and I for a very long time. Being as though I lost my father at the age of 4 and I'm now 24 has been really hard to get past because I feel that everyone is against me and the one person I feel I should be able to go to has been nothing but negative to me. I've cried out for help for God to come and work in my life on this situation for a long time. I know he's moving but I'm still not where I want to be with my mom. It has gotten to the point where I have a lot of animosity towards her that I just don't want to have anymore. I've looked to family members for the love I'm seeking from her and end up getting hurt even more when those relationships don't work out. Please pray that God works in my life not only through me, but my mother and my two sisters, being as though she's the only parent we have left (no father nor any grandparents) I love my family and I just want peace!
Our family has been going through a season of trials and tribulations. For the past 3 years, since my husband passed, our financial situation has been rough. We are asking for prayer for strength, understanding and patience. God has walked through this time with us and I thank him for his grace and mercy, for without him holding my hand and leading me I don't know where I would be right now. Please pray for my brother who has been diagnosed with cancer. Give him a mind to pray to God for guidance, strength for he is not a believer in his word. I thank you in advance for your prayers. Be blessed.
I lost my mom several months ago. Since then I have experienced everything from shock, anger to devastation. I stopped attending church a few months ago. I’m not sure why. It’s not that I don't believe, because I do. I pray, I speak to the Lord. I guess I have just stopped believing in miracles or maybe stopped believing that there is a miracle for me. Something happened to me when the Lord did not heal my mom. I want to have hope. I want to believe that He has a good plan for my future but I find it so difficult when I feel that I have lost everything that means anything to me. Even though the Lord has always been gracious towards me, I now find it very difficult to remember his acts of mercy and favor. Please pray for me.
Please pray with me for my daughter. She wants to give up and stop going to college. She has only two semesters left. My mother's death has truly taken a toll on her. She took care of her and me while we were both sick. I'm constantly encouraging her and thanking her for all she has done. She is too hard on herself and is allowing the devil to have control. I refuse to allow this. We both must keep pressing our way. Please pray with and for her. God had a purpose and a plan for her life. I can't stand to lose her.
I am having a hysterectomy on 11/06. I have endured pain and bleeding. Unable to have more children. I was blessed with one and had three miscarriages. I always asked God why me. I not only pray for quick recovery but to be at peace with this. My husband is Nigerian and I always felt he may leave due to pressure of his family to take another wife that can provide more children. I need prayer for peace for whatever may come out of this.
I was laid-off from my job (this is the 2nd lay-off) with the State of Florida after 27.50 years of service. I must admit, I was surprised by the decision made by my employer. While sitting in the conference room with two other co-workers and the top administrator who was sent to bear this news I started to talk with God. I said Lord I don't know what you have planned for me but I trust you. Eight years ago the Lord directed my path to the job I was laid-off from. Please pray with me so that I may keep the courage, the faith, stay focused on Jesus and his words, keep praising him in the midst of my storm. I know He is preparing me for a greater break through and as you said, “KEEP IT UP.” Thank you for encouraging words of inspiration.
Greetings Saints. PLEASE pray that God may give me wisdom, understanding, favour upon my academics. That I may graduate with an Llb degree next semester. I am doing my last 3 modules with the University of South Africa. Also that I may serve him like never before.
Now let’s pray.
Lord, I am facing obstacles and challenges in my life and yet, I refuse to give into worry, stress and anxiety. Today, I am unloading all my cares and burdens at Your feet, knowing that You will take care of me. I thank You for deliverance, victory and breakthrough. I believe it’s already done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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