He is Already {Victorious}!

It seems like we are pretty much always in a season of waiting…waiting for something, huh? At least it does right now…although I think that that is just something that comes with being around this age…we’re waiting for direction, wondering about and dreaming about the future, looking for jobs and trying to figure out what we even want to do with our lives, waiting for God to bring that great guy into our lives… the waiting doesn’t stop. Sometimes we wonder if we’re ever going to get out of this season of waiting…we wonder if God is ever actually going to show up!

Sometimes our hearts cry out to God and we want to trust Him with our WHOLE hearts, body, soul, and mind…but something keeps holding us back.

Stop letting fears hold you back and stop worrying so much!

I don’t know about you, but fears have a way of holding me back. Holding me back from loving others and letting others love me. Hold me back from trusting in God completely. Deep inside me, I know that I am not in control of anything in my life and that God has everything in control…but something keeps holding me back from fully believing that…and living a life that trusts that God is working out my present and my future and I don’t have to worry about any of that!

In times of intense fear and worrying, remember {Matthew 6:25-34}

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
If we truly lived out those verses, we would thank God for everything that He has done for us…and then start living lives of faith and understand that God has our future all planned out and everything really will work out!
A couple more verses that I really like on this subject are {Proverbs 3:5-6} and {Philippians 4:6-7}.
Remember what He has done! 
What has God done for you in the past? Do you remember a time when he absolutely showed up for you? Never forget those times. When we read through the stories of the Israelites in the Old Testament, we wonder how in the world they forget the faithfulness of God so easily and quickly and how they don’t remember the amazing things that God JUST did for them. But…then we do the same thing.
Even on the hard days (actually, especially on the hard days), remember what He has done in the past. Remember that He has come through for you when you didn’t think He would…and He can, and probably will, again! And if He doesn’t, or if something totally unexpected happens, He has an even better plan for you…you just might have to wait a little bit longer to see what it is (as hard as that is!)
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to pray sometimes? Especially when your life is just rough…and you have no idea what God is up to. Sometimes you are hurt, confused, lost, and just…broken. But have you ever thought that maybe God wants to hear that from you too? When you don’t know what to say to Him, tell him that. Tell him that you’re so confused, but that you have resolved to trust him anyway. Tell him that you see no way out of your brokenness, but that you know that he can deliver you if He chooses to.
Pray. Every day. Prayer is more powerful than you know.
Dream Big!
People tell you to be realistic with your dreams. But what’s the fun in that? How are you supposed to see God working everything out if you don’t even have enough courage to dream things that you could NEVER do on your own? I believe that God wants us to dream Big so that we can see Him work in our lives!
Never forget to worship
We think to worship when everything is going great in our lives. When our lives seem to head out in a positive direction where we can see sooo far down the road. But what about the confusing times? What about those times when we are hurt, scared, depressed, sad, nervous, worried, feel alone?
What if life isn’t just about waiting to worship until life is great?
“But life isn’t about waiting for the victory—for the marriage, for the job, for the success, for the family—it’s about realizing that over every moment in our lives, He is already victorious. Right now—through the struggle, through the pain, through the loneliness, through the chaos, through the wait—He has already won, and He’s moving us in that glorious direction. No matter where I am, I want a life that’s marked not by waiting, but by worshiping. He deserves that and so much more.”

That’s my prayer. That’s who I want to be someday. And I will dare to dream big enough to believe that He will change that in me.
If you have some extra time, take a few minutes to read this article:
That is why I wrote today and where I got some of the points that I wanted to talk about…and the last quote was from there as well. I wish you all the best on your very own journey of figuring out what this looks like in your own personal life, for you.

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