As you read from Part 1 of Week 25 blog/vlog, the theme for week 25 has been overwhelmed. After so long of going non-stop with a lower capacity for stress, I suddenly realized I couldn’t do it anymore. I knew I needed a battle plan in place to beat stress. I needed to be proactive to arm myself against my weaknesses.
Reading the Word of God gives me relief, peace and calm. It can have the same calming affect as taking a xanax. It’s like cool water refreshing the distressed soul. But, it’s not as helpful for us to pull up a verse on our Bible app in the middle of the crisis. It’s much more powerful and productive to arm ourselves with the sword of Truth in the morning while our minds are still fresh from sleep.
It can feel aimless to just open our Bible and read or flip around for scriptures. When we don’t have a plan, we tend to give up and pick up our phone to scroll on social media. At least, it was happening to me. So I identified the three areas I was weak and for which I needed to proactively set a guard in place.
It has helped me immensely to wake up and have these scriptures readily available. I flip open my journal to the pages I created and meditate on each one. I pray on them before I start my day and now I have begun to memorize them for easy recall when I see a potential trigger come my way.
If you need a battle plan for perfectionism and self-condemnation, you are welcome to refer to mine. Otherwise, take responsibility over your own peace and get one in place. There is something powerful about creating your own plan of verses that really resonate with you versus using something pre-made.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:19
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:10-11.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. John 14:15-18
Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool. Isaiah 1:18
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Galatians 6:3
I am the vine and you are the branches, apart from me you can do no good thing. John 15:9
Lord, thank you so much for the gift of life and pregnancy. Thank you Jesus that we are capable because of you. I declare that you will strengthen your daughter with your unlimited, glorious power that sustains and takes over when she is weak. God, we know you are much more interested in our transformation than in our deliverance, so I ask that you will reveal to your daughter what you are trying to teach her so she may be fervent in growing and remaining steadfast. Thank you that greater is you within her than he who is in the world. If you are for her, nothing or no one shall come against her. In Jesus name, Amen.