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Both of these situations hit me hard in the heart. Both of these are situations that I could choose to perseverate on the negatives aspects of and become depressed and even bitter regarding.
Lately the Holy Spirit has been teaching how where I put my focus, what I think on, impacts my response to these challenges. I can, and have at times chose to, listen to the messages I receive from a myriad of places or the thoughts that come into my head with regard to these challenging situations. Or I can choose to think on what God says.
I've felt impressed to spend some time in the Word and come up with some Truth statements about my work and about my son. These are statements that I can choose to think on when the negative thoughts come into my mind.
Here are those Truth Statements (and the scriptures they come from):
- God loves me and is in control of my life and I can always count on Him. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 25:9-11, Ephesians 1:3-12)
- God wants to use me right where I am right now in my daily life. He wants to use me in the lives of the people with whom I come in contact. (Philippians 4:4-5, Matthew 5:14-16, 1 Peter 2:11-13, I Thessalonians 4:10-12)
- My work is for God not my boss, or family, or anyone else. It does not matter if others appreciate me because my purpose is to please God. (Colossians 3:22-24, Philippians 1:10-11, 2 Timothy2:3-5)
- God loves this son of mine and has good plans for his life (2 Peter 3:8-9, Jonah 4:1-2)
- Although my son may have wandered away from God and pursued his own way, God won't give up on this son of mine. ( Luke 15:11-32, Matthew 18:10-14, Proverbs 2:6 )
- God will use even this son's mistakes and sins to bring about good in his life. (Psalm 11:7, Romans 8:25-29)