It's funny how much peace comes from a few page flips through a Good Book.
And it's funny how fast I forget that.
January is always a hard month for me. New Year, New Plans, and New Expectations.
I always tell myself that the hardest part is starting. As humans, we hate anything that implies uncertainty. It's why we always need answers to the questions, who, what, where, when and why.
(My degree in communication theory proves this over and over again.)
Not to mention, the month itself is just gross. If you're anything like me this weather really brings a girl down. Quite literally, there's such a thing called S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) where the change in weather, light, and temperatures actually affects your mood. Dark days and cold nights all play a factor in the moodiness that really starts to set in for me during this time. (Which is why my future husband has promised me a warm life on a beach somewhere. God bless his heart.)
ANYWAYS, take that as you read it. Regardless, this month is rough for me, and maybe you feel that way too. Like starting is hard. Winter is hard. Cold is hard. It all feels hard. In fact, I usually can predict this seasonal moodiness, and that means I have to work a little harder than most people to keep on keepin on.
And maybe you're right there with me.
"Live above your circumstances."
Man, that quote hit me like a moving truck as I was going through my devotionals this week.
No, I don't mean live above people, or think you're better than anyone else.
I mean, live above what the world tells you is truth, and instead set your eyes on things Above.
It's simple really. What do you accept to be as your reality compared to what we know as real truth. Is the reality we create for ourselves based on what the world says?
Is it hard to go back to school? To start a new job? To even just get through your daily routine? It can be.
"There is surely a new hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off"
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”
Is that actual truth? Yes, and thank God Hallelujah that is true.
Is it truth that we are never alone? Is it truth that God is always in control? And is it the truth that we are loved more than we could ever imagine even when it feels like we are the most unlovable?
Even when I have to remind myself of these 3 things every hour, because I am human and can do nothing on my own.
And praise the Lord we were never expected to do so. Because we have Someone who's Above It.
So when it feels hard and like we have no sense of direction of purpose. Maybe we should think about what's really true and be above.
To express, explain, and exclaim the lessons life continually throws at me, and my take on how to deal.