Those were the days before computers (at least before everyone had one.) I think I typed on an electric typewriter, but I must have buried that memory due to the trauma/drama of liquid white-out and typos. It’s fuzzy when I try to remember. I didn’t own a typewriter. Whose did I use?
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But I digress.
My post isn’t about my typing ability or lack thereof; it’s about a wonderful word stuck in my spirit today.
My trusty Webster defines steadfast: “1. firm, fixed, settled or established 2. not changing, fickle, or wavering; constant.”
How I long for my mind and heart to be steadfast. I don’t want to be pulled down by my feelings or negative thoughts. Yet yesterday a battle raged inside my head. For no good reason I was discouraged. Where were these thoughts and feelings coming from? They were irrational.
But this morning my steadfast God led me to the scripture I needed to ward off those fickle feelings.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He might lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:6-11).
These are the precepts I must cling to when those fickle emotions and thoughts threaten my peace:
1. Be humble.
2. Give God my worries. Talk to Him constantly about my struggles.
3. Remember a battle is waging.
4. Remember others are also in these trials.
5. Stand on God’s faithfullness. (Stand on a scripture.)
My heart is much lighter today. I think I’ll copy Peter’s word of wisdom down in ink and read them often.
Which one of these precepts is the most helpful to you today?
Much grace and peace,