Roller Coaster?

a choice

Are our lives supposed to be like a rollercoaster; Is it always assumed it must be hills and valleys? I heard it once said that we bring down the hills, and exalt the valleys, so it’s supposed to be smooth sailing. -Isaiah 40:4. What about glory to glory? -2 Corinthians 3:18. I always felt that my life acted like a chart with dips and rises but was consistently getting better. Do I have to have these dips? 

There is a scripture I have been reading a lot lately John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 😳 Wait. I can choose to have peace? That’s what Jesus told his disciples the night before He was crucified. I went through a happy spike. I could see potential in the path I heard God say go down, but last night reality hit me. That is reality without trusting in God.

extraordinary

I am stepping out of the boat. Do you understand how incredible and extraordinary an opportunity it is to walk on water? We all have this opportunity, each in a unique way. Where we miss, it is thinking: because I had the guts to step out onto the water that will carry me through the journey. Peter stepped out and still began to sink. We must continue doing what brought us out onto the water in the first place. Keep looking to Jesus. When Peter looked at the waves, He forgot that he wasn’t the one giving him that ability. He started to think, “I can’t do it. He leaned onto his strength and began to sink. We can lean on our strength while crying to the Lord for His help. Does “I can’t do it anymore, Lord?” sound familiar? Why were you doing it? He didn’t ask you to just go do it. He said Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

target

The enemy puts a big target on those that follow the will of God. He found a weakness in me because I was trying to do it in my own strength, so I was able to topple like a house of cards. 🃏 My strength drained, and I realized the impossibility of my situation. Take a breath, and remember He never asked you to do anything alone. God has been telling me enjoy the journey. It doesn’t look like that’s possible under the circumstances, but we aren’t supposed to be under the circumstances. We are above only and not beneath. – Deuteronomy 28:13 One of my favorite passages of scripture is a piece of Psalm 46 

– God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah

Conclusion

If peace is a choice and joy is a choice, then I conclude that it’s a choice to have emotional dips in life. There will always be storms in this life. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33. When Jesus was walking past them on the water, His disciples freaked out, and He answered, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” When Peter began to sink, and Jesus picked Peter back up, He asked Why did you doubt? It was almost as if Jesus didn’t know the storm was there. It didn’t make a lick of difference to Him. He couldn’t care less. Jesus is our example. He didn’t deem storms worthy of attention, and neither should we. It doesn’t affect our decisions; we stay the course. Worry is faith in the problem. Have faith in God.

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