When Panic Tries To Creep In

by | Jun 18, 2015 | Encouragement, Love God

It hit me upside the head as I was applying my mascara this morning

It’s a wonder I didn’t poke myself in the eye.

I am going to be without a job in two weeks.

Gulp.

Oh, I already knew this fact, but the reality of it all sank in deep. Real deep. I’m not sure why today, but it did.

My mental list began:

  1. Continue job search.
  2. Apply for potential jobs.
  3. Be patient.
  4. DO NOT PANIC!

Never mind I had already prayed this morning. Never mind I had asked God to continue to provide for me and our family. Forget the fact I prayed for God’s will and not my own.

Panic crept in and tried to have its way.

I have no logical reason to panic and to doubt God’s care for me. Really. I know He loves me. I know He will never leave me. He’s proven He provides what I need–not necessarily what I want, but most certainly what I need. (Thank you, God!) He gives me hope, and his future for me is His perfect plan.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

But sometimes my mind just goes to places it shouldn’t, and I revert back to “self-reliance” mode.

  • self-reliant:  relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.

Yet, my mind, my heart, my life is safer, in “God-reliance” mode.

  • God-reliant:  confident, trustful, dependence on God

God, again, I give you my mind, my heart, my life. Not my will, but yours.

 

Hope for a heart set on God

There is hope for a heart set on God.

For surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 

Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way. Proverbs 23:18-19

When panic tries to creep in, we can relax. It has no place in the life of one who’s heart is set on God. There’s no need for us to fret and worry. He’s got this, and He’s got us.

No matter what tries to pull at us to walk on our own, in our own strength, in our own ways, may we be reminded of the above truth… and set our hearts on Him. And keep them there.

His plans for us are perfect. They are not to harm us, and our hope will not be cut off. Friend, live free in this today with me.

 

Julie

 

It’s a great day for #livefreeThursday! Linking up with Suzanne Eller and friends.

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8 Comments

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    You hang in there Julie, and put your trust in The Man.

    He’ll come through for you.

    And I will be praying for you.

    Reply
    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Andrew, for these words. I needed them today. I appreciate your prayers.

      Reply
  2. ~ linda

    Julie, your words encourage my heart and my mind this day. I am not in a panic right now, yet I, so easily, doubt and try to do things myself, that “self-reliance.” I know He has a plan for me and has His hands on me always, yet I allow the world to be my guide sometimes. I do not want this.
    LORD, I pray that these words will impact me deeply and that I will trust in You. I pray for Julie your perfect job for her. Hold her closely that she will feel Your very Presence everywhere she is and goes. Thank You, Father, for going before her in this search. I ask these things in the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Oh, Linda. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. Tears here. I love your heart for God’s people, and for Him. It comes through clearly through your words. I understand the battle of the world guiding us vs. relying on God to guide us. I know it all too well. Glad we can be in this together. You’re a blessing.

      Reply
  3. Crystal Hornback

    I needed this reminder tonight; thank you, Julie! Praying for you as God directs you to the plans he has in store for you and your family! #livefreeThursday

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Crystal. I appreciate your prayers more than you know. God’s in charge. I just need to trust. Thanks for being here!

      Reply
  4. Abby Breuklander

    We must be twins or something because I’m the exact same way! This has been one of the hardest things for me to let go of since I’m such a control freak! But like you said, He’s shown me that He’s got this under control!

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Twins! I love it, Abby. I’m glad we can give up control together. Thanks for being here!

      Reply

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