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Losing Our Identity

2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is to not compare your life with someone else's. Some have called it a comparison trap. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on and into the lives of others. When this happens we lose our own identity. It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. Don't let the weakness in you affect the greatness in you. You have been given all that you need to be the success that God desires for you. Settle down and settle in to that best version of you that we all want to see. You are amazing!

Shape Your Worries

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Phil 4:4
There's a great deal of "life" happening all around us. So much that its very easy to worry about everything. How are we going to make ends meet? Will my child be safe at school? Is my marriage strong enough to endure temptation? Will I end up in heaven living the way that I am? 
All of these questions can lead to extended seasons of worry. Worry often develops into anxiety which breeds stress and can even make you physically sick. Paul taught us in Philippians to not be anxious about anything. Don't fret it and don't sweat it. Don't hurry through it and don't worry through it. How do we do that? 
We let our praises shape those worries into prayers to God! Imagine being able to take every unmanageable situation and place it in a perfect size box that could be managed, closed and put  away. Even throw it away if necessary! 
Letting praises shape your worries does just that. It surrenders your control to God's control. That huge worry is no match for God who is able to help you in every circumstance. Got a bundle of worries today? Start praising God! Shape your worries into prayers! YOU can change the shape AND the outcome of your future!