Doubt: Another Thief of Happiness.

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Doubt: A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.

How many times have you felt so confident in something and then doubt slithered its way into your mind? Doubt can be a product of our own thought process OR it can be placed there both intentionally or non-intentionally by others. No matter how doubt is produced, it has one main objective…steal/kill happiness or contentment. When we are on the right path in our lives and all is going well, that is when doubt likes to feed. I personally believe doubt to be yet another manipulation sent out by Satan himself. Who else gets more enjoyment out of dismantling us? He’s like a vulture who waits to pick us apart slowly, piece by piece.

To me, doubt can come hand in hand with anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, worry and the like. It can be just as hard to rid yourself of as well. I once said, someone telling me “don’t worry” is equivalent to telling me not to breathe; it seems simple, yet it can be hard to reprogram how we think. Doubt is another thing that does not do us any good, yet we can’t help but open the door and let it on in. There are so many quotes about doubt that ring true and I will add a few.

“Over thinking kills your happiness.”

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”-Elizabeth Elliot

“The doubters are just dreamers with broken hearts.”-Atticus

“Not every thought you think is TRUE, and not every thought you think is YOU.”

We may be prone to doubt because we have been let down or our hearts have been broken too many times. We may be very untrusting and doubt arises from that. We may have doubts about many things we do because family, friends or even acquaintances along the way have planted seeds of doubt in our minds. Some individuals purposely plant doubts in our minds out of jealousy; they see great things happening for you and that’s their way of trying to bring you back to their level of unhappiness. Again, no matter how doubt forms itself in our lives, we have the power to throw it out. It usually strikes at times when you are on the right track and have things figured out and when your faith is strongest; don’t let it steal that joy and peace you have! Kill doubt with more positive thinking!! The more thoughts of doubt that begin to pop up in your mind, counter them with positive thoughts and affirmations. It reminds me of something I tell my son about fear…tell it to go away, and that it’s not real! Our God is bigger than any issues that come into our lives, we just have to do our best to rely upon Him and not be shaken! Let us keep out feet firmly planted in faith! Let us know that we are confident and doubt cannot take it away unless we let it!

I pray for all of us feeling any kind of doubt in our lives…whether it’s doubt about school, career paths, parenting, faith, appearance, capabilities, health etc. I pray all of us find our peace and let that and our inner confidence overcome our doubts. Fear likes to feed us doubt and I pray we continue to recognize that most of our worries and doubts are caused by fear and the majority of the time, they have no merit at all! May we stay strong in our faith and know that God is for us, not against us. He is there to have a personal relationship with us and is willing to help us out in any way.

Much love and God Bless 💚

The Plague of Worry

Worry.

What good does worry do? What positive impact does it have on us and our state of affairs? How fast does it speed up our current predicament? Will it change the outcome of any problem?

Answers to the test: Worry doesn’t do any good. Worry offers no positive impact. Worry does not change the timeline in any way and has no say in the outcomes of our issues. In short, what is worry good for?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! (Yes, I DID say that using my best Edwin Starr impression).

In all seriousness, why worry? If you’re similar to me, you can agree with these points and still feel unable to refrain from worrying. To me, someone telling me not to worry is equivalent to telling me not to breathe; worry has played such a tremendous role in my life. Why is it that we can recognize and acknowledge worry for what it is, yet we allow it so much power and control over our lives? It honestly doesn’t do us any good, and if anything it only adds to our problems. Worrying can even lead to the unfolding of events that wouldn’t have even occurred otherwise. When we worry we only cause ourselves more turmoil. It’s unnecessary, yet we can’t help but do it.

As a Christian, I have faith in God yet my worrying isn’t a very good example of the strength of my faith. If I say I believe in God and still continue to worry and obsess over certain problems in my life, how much faith do I really put in Him? I wholeheartedly believe God protects me and wants what is best for me in my life. He works everything together for the good of my life. So why do I still worry? I feel I waste so much time worrying and I could be spending that time immersing myself in my bible studies or even sharing my faith and views with others. I could be making a difference in someone else’s life instead of focusing on what I cannot change in my own life. I conclude that focusing on more positive things we could do, and have the ability to do, will allow us less time to worry. Also, who doesn’t enjoy getting lost in a good book? I can think of no better book to get lost in! The Bible can give us the reassurance, comfort and confidence boost that we desperately need in our times of worry. It can help us understand how worry doesn’t serve any purpose in our lives and even aid us in leaving it behind. I struggle all the time with leaving it behind; it has a way of sneaking up on you! Still, I do strive to rid of it little by little and reprogram my thought process. When I start to feel like worry is overtaking me and my thoughts, I pray and ask God to fill my mind with positive things; thoughts that will be more beneficial to my life!

I FULLY understand it is MUCH easier said than done! I tell people that frequently! However, attempting is one of the easiest things we can do. We can at least try to rid ourselves of worry, even if little by little. Worry is a natural response to things we endure or are enduring, but we don’t have to allow it to take up a permanent residence in our lives!

I pray that everyone out there can take the first step and try to rid themselves of worry. I want all of us to have that confidence to order it away from us and stand our ground when it comes creeping back in! I want us to reverse the negative and replace it with positive. When we start to worry, let us ask ourselves those questions at the beginning of this blog. What good is it doing? What is it changing? Instead, let us ask ourselves what can we be doing to better ourselves, our situation or to better someone else’s life? What is something positive we can be doing with our time and energy. Time is a precious gift that is often taken for granted…do we really want to waste it on worry?

Much love and God Bless 💚

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