There are people who function better under pressure; as tension mounts—adrenaline pushes them forward with razor-sharp zeal. I’m not one of those people; I hate putting my body through all that stress. That’s why I organized my life so I won’t have to: look for keys, rush to make deadlines, or be perplexed by last-minute decisions. But, as hard as I try, there’s no way I can eliminate all the pressures. Quiet as kept, we need a little pressure every now and then. How can we learn to trust and lean on God if everything is always smooth sailing?
A harmless coincidence or a teaching moment?
As I’m writing about faith under pressure, (in real time) I noticed signs of moisture on my ceiling in the kitchen—right above my brand-new wooden cabinets. It might be a roof problem; even though the roof is less than six months old. Then again it might be some hidden pipe in the ceiling causing condensation. Or, maybe this is happening just because I’m writing about faith under pressure. So, I’m going to do what I would tell you to do in a situation like this: Stop and pray!
Casting our cares is a choice!
Many of us know we should cast our cares on God, but how is that done when pressure is SCREAMING and POUNDING for our attention? Learning to effectively cast cares is a learned process developed over time; manifesting in rich rewards. The Holy Spirit will give us peace as He walks with us through difficulties. The more we experience the fruits of God’s love and faithfulness, the quicker we are to dump the load on Him. As a result, the union created with our Father is far better than having a care-free, pressure-free life. He is eternal; a care-free existence is a fleeting moment.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1Peter 5:7)
Faith does not change because of situations; situations change because of faith.
My writing this week has gone in a different direction since my issue in the kitchen. However, I did stop and pray. This is what the Holy Spirit placed into my spirit:
• You prayed before you had your kitchen remodeled.
• You prayed before you had the roof done.
• You exerted your faith and felt My leading before you started those projects.
• Therefore, don’t lose faith because your circumstances wobbled.
• Practice trusting Me during daily mishaps; so when more complexed matters occur, you are better able to—
Keep your faith under pressure.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.
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