As a farmer's wife I look forward to, and sometimes dread, two times of the year: planting and harvest. But since those are kind of a big deal, I try to make the most out of those times. And since it's spring, we are in planting mode.
After going through seven different planting seasons, you'd think I'd be a pro. And to some extent, I am. I know quite a bit about seeds, fertilizer, tractors and planters. Well, more than this former city girl self ever thought I'd know. But I always feel some trepidation when the spring comes.
This year, one of my mentor's texted me something that has changed my thinking. She said, "I'm praying that you go into this season with confidence."
This made me think, because at first, I didn't really know what to make of it. I wondered, "What can I be confident in? In my own abilities? Yeah, I guess I'll do okay taking care of the kids and delivering meals." But after some time, I was able to make a deeper application and realized how vital it was that I changed my thinking.
Where as ordinarily I would go into the busy seasons with the attitude, "I can survive this." You know, the old, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can," attitude. Put on my big girl pants and power through. But this year, I am exploring what it means to live my life, and these busy times, with confidence. I want to confidently thrive, not just scantily survive.
Besides my own abilities, which let's face it, are dependent upon my mood, energy level and own strength, I can be confident in God's power in me. It's there.
"I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe in Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 1:19-20, NLT)
This is the key to living life with confidence. We have to know and understand that we have God's power available to us. It is there for us to use when we need help, strength, patience, and endurance. It's how we are able to confidently say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13, NIV).
With this same power, we can live like Jesus meant for us to live. "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life," Jesus said in John 10:10 (NLT). Notice Jesus did not say He wanted us to "just get by" or to "power through" on our own. No, in all situations, stressful or peaceful, Jesus wants to give us life to the fullest.
So how do you begin each day? Do you wake up and take stock of the entire day's activities and feel defeated and stressed before you even get dressed? I do that sometimes. Or do you get out of bed thinking, "I am more than a conqueror through Jesus" and put your socks on with peaceful determination.
My prayer for this season, and every season to follow, is to be that person. The one who meets each day with the confidence that comes from knowing God's power flows through me. I want to begin each day like this.
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13, NLT).
There was a little chant my middle school cheer-leading squad would do, and I'll just leave you with that. "Confidence is what we need. C-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-c-e."
*photo from www.deere.com
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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