Dear Jesus

I guarantee you will always have problems in your life, but they must not become your focus. When you feel yourself sinking in the sea of circumstances, cry out: “Help me, Jesus!” and I will draw you back to Me.

Dear Jesus, 

Guarantees are usually about something positive, but this one (about constant problems) has a negative feel to it. It reminds me of a parent saying to a wailing child, “If you keep on crying, I’ll give you something to cry about!” However, I know You well enough to trust that Your motive is not to threaten me but to help me.

Beloved, I do indeed want to help you deal with the problems in your life. There are a variety of wrong ways to handle difficulties: Some people simply pretend they don’t exist—like ostriches hiding their heads in the sand. You, however, tend to go to the other extreme: You focus on problems much more than necessary. When you give in to this tendency, you become anxious and disheartened. I am training you to pry your mind away from trouble, so you can fix your thoughts on Me. You are making progress, but you need to persevere in directing wayward thoughts toward Me.

One of the most challenging situations is when you are faced with many difficulties at the same time. You start to feel overwhelmed as your mind goes into high gear, trying to take care of everything at once. Your thoughts play hopscotch—jumping from one problem to the next, then turning around and jumping back again. If this continues too long, you become exhausted and begin to sink in the swirling sea of your circumstances. At this point, your emotional pain will alert you to your need for help. In a split second you can cry out: “Help me, Jesus!” and I will come to your rescue. As I pull you away from your problems, I draw you close to Me. While you gaze at Me, your panic begins to subside and you regain some sense of security. As you take time to enjoy My Presence, I bless you with My Peace.

Therefore . . . fix your thoughts on Jesus.
~ Hebrews 3:1

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
~ Psalm 145:18

For He Himself is our peace.
~ Ephesians 2:14 [NKJV]

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