Dear Jesus

The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens but whether you and I together can handle anything that occurs. It is this you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully.

Dear Jesus,

I really want to live this day confidently and cheerfully. That seems only fitting, since I am one of Your followers. But I often begin the day wondering how demanding it will be and whether I’ll be able to cope. Help me in my unbelief!

Beloved, come to Me in your state of unbelief. I want you to experience My loving you perfectly even when your faith seems weak. Many of My followers wake up in a foggy, frazzled state of mind—as you do. However, I can see into your heart, where I find genuine trust in Me. Your challenge each morning is to untangle your thoughts so that they line up with the faith in your heart. You need to set aside adequate time each morning for this vital task. I want you to stay in My Presence—reading Scripture, praying, meditating on Me—till your mind is clear.

When you begin the day with a muddled mind, you tend to ask yourself the wrong question: whether you will be able to cope with whatever happens. But the true question is whether you and I together can handle the circumstances you face. As you look forward into the day, broaden your perspective so you can “see” Me there alongside you—strengthening, guiding, and encouraging you. If you omit this you-and-I-together factor from your perspective, you miss out on the help I am offering. So, as you work to unscramble your thinking, focus on who I am: Immanuel—God with you. While you meditate on this joyous focus, the qualms you had about the day will gradually give way to cheerful confidence.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
~ Philippians 4:13

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
~ Psalm 112:7

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
~ Matthew 1:23

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