In These Uncertain Times Hold Onto What You Know

by | Oct 16, 2020 | #open2020, Encouragement, Ramblings

Without question I say these are uncertain times.

We’re living in the midst of a pandemic (remember how that word once scared us?).

Do we wear masks or not? (That’s a dissenting issue, itself.)

We are just weeks away from a tension-filled, divisive national election. (Are you ready for the negative ads to disappear, too?)

We witness and experience racial injustice and tension and riots and violence. (We can do better.)

We’re on edge wondering when the next derecho or hurricane or wildfire will blow through. (One was enough, thank you.)

Add on everything else we’re experiencing in this season of life, and it feels as if it’s just too much. It’s overwhelming and disturbing and so uncertain!

These are definitely uncertain times.

For people like me who like to be in control of something (anything!), we don’t like uncertain anythings. We like predictability, consistency, uniformity. We don’t know what to do with unpredictability and unreliability. So, oftentimes we fight it, we avoid it, we run from uncertainty.

Even those of us who aren’t “controllers” by nature, many of us don’t like change. We want things to be sure, to feel familiar, to be “like they’ve always been.” And I think you’d agree, this season has been anything but the “way it’s always been.”

So, what do we do?

What do we do in uncertain times like these?

In these uncertain times hold onto what you know.

Friend, we hold onto what we know. We return to and stand on our foundation, on what supports us, on the understructure of who we are and what we believe. It’s there we get our stability and our ability to keep a right perspective. It’s there where we put the fear of uncertainty behind us, and it’s there where we can begin to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.

I’m holding on to these things I know (in no particular order):

  • God is good.
  • I am blessed.
  • God is in control.
  • Nothing won’t happen today that isn’t sifted through God’s hands first.
  • I am never alone.
  • God will never leave me nor forsake me.
  • Nothing is uncertain with God.
  • What the Bible says is true.
  • My husband loves me.
  • Sunshine makes all the difference.
  • Grace wins.
  • Jesus died for me.
  • God has forgiven me.
  • I was raised by two amazing, loving parents.
  • I have three fantastic brothers who I love.
  • God answers prayer.
  • My family is my treasure.
  • I will spend eternity with my Savior.

Holding onto what I know and writing them out calms my heart and settles my soul. I believe it’ll do the same for you.

When anxiety overtakes me and worries are many, Your comfort lightens my soul.

Psalm 94:19 VOICE

So, what is it that you know? Friend, what are you holding onto in these uncertain times? What foundation are you standing on? If you care to share below, I’d love to encourage you in this!

Our times my be uncertain, but our God is not.

He’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He doesn’t change. Nothing surprises Him, nothing catches Him off-guard, nothing is beyond His grasp. God is so very certain! This girl is thankful for that!

Tomorrow I will share some Bible verses we can cling to in uncertain times like these. I invite you back to be encouraged.

In the meantime, be encouraged today, friend. Hold on to what you know. Cling to your foundation. And trust God has it all under control.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG

God bless you!

This is the first time in a while that I’ve participated in Five Minute Friday. It’s fun to write on a one-word prompt for five minutes! It’s freeing and I miss doing it. Even though I went over five minutes today, I still am participating with this fabulous group of writers. Find out more about Five Minute Friday here.

Looking for more? Check out my FREE RESOURCES, designed just for you. To equip you, encourage you, and inspire you. Access them here and return to them whenever you want. Be blessed, friend!

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  1. Loretta

    Amen. I love the list of all the things your holding onto. Fmf#6

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you. I’ll be over to visit you, too!

  2. Jolene Rose

    I love the idea of writing a list of things that you know are true in these uncertain time. Thank you for sharing. I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday.

    • Julie Lefebure

      This practice helps me. Hopefully it’ll make a difference for you, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Cindy

    This is so good Julie! I’m standing on the foundation that what’s important hasn’t changed: God’s plan, my love for and from my family, friendships’ strength despite distance, and the beauty surrounding us! Thank you for prompting me to think about these things!

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    So good to see you here again, Julie!

    It’s time, my friend, to ride real fast,
    and keep a loose hold on the reins,
    through troubled times, though they may last
    and bring the grief and pain
    that sear you to the very soul
    and brand your heart in flame,
    for speed is what will keep you whole;
    that, and faith in Name
    that led the Moms and Dads of old
    through through desert tribulation,
    the Name that kept them strong and bold,
    no room for hesitation
    through what passed and what may come
    to the Rising of the Son.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Andrew! It’s good to hear from you. I continue to pray for you and Barb. Thank you for blessing this space (and me!) with your words today. You are a gift to this world. God bless you, friend.

  5. Sandra K Stein

    I love your list of things you hold on to. It encourages me to make one of my own.

    • Julie Lefebure

      I hope you do! It was so helpful for me. Thanks for stopping in today!


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