Thursday, January 8, 2009

What a difference a few days can make. Let me tell you, the enemy has been working overtime on me these last few days and I have found myself walking in a bit of a dark spot. Monday found me back into my routine. Heading back to the office, fresh new daytimer in my brief case. Words of encouragement written in the margins. Ready to hit the ground running in 09.

My husband and I are both full-time real estate agents. Needless to say 2008 ended up being quite a challenge in our industry. Fortunately, Indiana doesn't have the extreme highs and lows as seen in other states, however business was down. Clinging to the truth that God will provide for us, and lead us as long as we seek Him and His will for us got us through. (fortunately we are savers as well and know that we have to put our nuts away for the winters). Business still remains a bit down... which has brought me down. What a difference from Monday.

5 years ago God led me to this place. We prayed for over a year about me leaving my job and joining Jim in a real estate career. When the time was right, God told us, and we responded. I have to remember that when I get down. I have to tell you anxiety, fear and the downright urge to quit has flooded over me the past two days. Even Jim said "Don't let Satan do this to you". So, I get home today and our health insurance premium was in the mail. Being self-insured is quite costly and the dedcutable is extremley high. Arrggghhh... just another thing to add to the stress. But then I happened to click on Angie's blog and the words I prayed this morning were the theme of her January 8th post. No coincidence here... God knew what I needed after I opened that bill.

Satan knows what gets my anxiety going. And there is no way I am going to let him win! God has always done what He said He would do... so why do I fear.? Oh Lord forgive my unbelief!

Your prayers would be much appreciated right now. I know the healing that powerful prayer brings to an aching heart!

God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do...
I am who God says I am. **
I can do all things through Christ. **
God's Word is alive and active in me.

I'M BELIEVING GOD!!!!

"I am a this not a that."
~by Beth Moore in Believing God.

Love you all!

20 comments:

Yolanda said...

Kristen,

You just quoted my all time favorite bible study and the 5 pointers that I say to myself, sometimes right out loud, still today at least once a week.

I did this study two summers ago!

I'm praying for you, and would you pray the same for me?

Love,
Yolanda

Kristen said...

Yolanda!

You bet I will!!!

On Purpose said...

I believe the words God gave Beth to share with the rest of us are VERY powerful!

Dear Heavenly Father please continue to whisper in Kristens heart today. Remind her that her security, peace, and joy is all found in You. May You be VERY believable to her today. Thank you Jesus-Amen

Amy said...

I have worn a blue string around my wrist and quoted those words many times myself.
My year has gotten started off very similarly to yours...and like you, I am determined to not let him win.

So, I will say it again, and I will pray for you!

God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do...
I am who God says I am. **
I can do all things through Christ. **
God's Word is alive and active in me.

I'M BELIEVING GOD!!!!

In Christ,
Amy:)

Christy said...

The Believing God Bible study is by far my favorite Beth Moore study. I was going through that particular study three years ago when my husband and I were called into full-time ministry. The truths that I learned at that time completely changed me. I LOVE the 5 things we are to believe about God and I too wore a blue bracelet for a long time.

You have experienced His mighty power before and I know you will through this as well. He loves you and will look after your every single need. I will be praying for you friend.

Christy said...

Kristen,

I also wanted to tell you that I like your new layout:)

Carol said...

Hi Kristin.

I was catching up on reading your blog for the last few posts. I will pray for you to continue listening to God's promises, and hold tight to Him.

I work as a property mngmt, and my bosses are real estate brokers and times are scary. God is bigger than the scary stuff, and His provision will cover you.

I've not done the Beth Moore study, but it sounds like one Ineed to put on my list.

I like your new look on your blog.

blessings,
Carol:)

Nana 2 four said...

Oh, yes - I have been there - actually just yesterday! I pray for all of my blog friends. So nice to be able to communicate with so many christian women. To know that we are not alone. TO know that there are others who are "Believing God".

Seeking Him,
Beth

Donna's Book Nook said...

I have been there as well. When I retired in October I was anxious about whether or not I can live on my Social Security. The Lord has been more than faithful.

I feel blessed to have all my christian blog friends and will keep you in my prayers. Donna

p.s. I also love the new look on your blog.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Kristen~
Know that I'll be praying for you!!

You have hidden God's word deep within your heart....and he WILL prove himself faithful!!

Remember, NOTHING happens in our lives, that catches God by surprise.

During this journey, try not to focus so much on the destination...but rather, focus on the daily journey. Pray that God helps you see HIM...in each little step, as he leads and guides your life. Often, miracles happen in small areas!!

Blessings!

Kim~

(I LOVE your new look too!!!)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Kristen:
Hop over when you can. I'm standing with you, friend, at God's crossroads praying for his way and his will to be made known in our lives.

peace~elaine

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Kristen-Love this lay out-it's beautiful!!
God will provide. Keep your faith and keep trusting. Let Him prove Himeself to you. We are in a similiar situation and He keeps proving Himself so I have such great peace. It's been kind of fun to see what He will do next!

I lifted you and your husband in prayer today. Blessings!

In His Graces!Pamela

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I know what you mean about being at peace on a decision God has led and then feeling doubtful. That is for sure the enemy trying to convince you to regret your decision and doubt your Creator's instructions.
He will lead you.
Love,
Paula

Redeemed By His Love said...

Wonderful words that I need to write down! The Lord is bringing us through some "rough" desert. Blogging has helped, b/c I have met some wonderful Christian women.

I pray that the Lord will bless you above and beyond!(Psalm34:7)
Blessings,
Miriam

Kristen said...

Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement and your prayers. I am feeling them!!! God is so good!

Letters From Midlife said...

I'm also dealing with a lot of temptation to fall into anxiety and fear. I'm praying for you, dear heart, as one who knows it well.

Tracy said...

Add one more to those praying for you. My husband and I used to own our own business...how I remember that stress and anxiety.

Believing God with you...
Tracy

Kim said...

Hi Kristen, Thank you for sharing this journey with us and allowing us the opportunity to serve you in prayer. Know that you and your husband are being lifted high. God has given you that study and it's truths to hold onto, so do. Sending love, hugs and most importantly prayer my sweet friend.

Lisa said...

Thank You for reminding me of the Believing God prayer! I did the study but am ready for a refresher course! I'm lifting you up to the Father right now. Blessings! - Lisa

Rona's Home Page said...

You and your family are definitely in my prayers.
These days are extremely challenging for marriage and families. It's so important to stay strong and focus.
ps My husband and I also work together- in self storage property management.