Wishing, Hoping, & Praying.

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Do you ever look in the mirror and just say, “I wish…”

Don’t deny it, girl! I know you do. I myself do it countless times a day. That’s right – each day I wish for something about myself to be different. And it’s not just about physical features, is it?

I wish I was more joyful. I wish I was more motivated. I wish I had a better job. I wish I made more money. I wish!

I don’t think we always realize how detrimental this wishful mentality can be. We all know the Lord has a plan for us {Jer. 29:11} but that doesn’t stop us from wishing and hoping.

Setting aside those wishes about our physical appearance {remember: you’re fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14}, think for a moment about those other wishes… The ones where you wish your personality was different or you had more possessions/money or your life was different.

We learn in Psalms that the plans of the Lord stand firm forever {Psa. 33:11} – He doesn’t do things accidentally. We also know that our plans as humans are futile {Psa. 94:11}. Thus, hold to the truth that God wants the best for you – he doesn’t make mistakes and His plans are always better than ours.

Also remember that contentment is great gain {1 Tim. 6:6}. Contentment is an undervalued virtue in today’s world. In Philippians 4, Paul tells us that he learned to be content in all things, because after all, Christ gives us the strength to do anything {Phil. 4:10-13}. God tells us He’ll never leave us, thus we need to be content with whatever we have and are {Heb. 13:5}.

I want to change my wishing strategy. I’m going to wish for a closer relationship with Christ.
I’m going to wish for inner beauty.
I’m going to wish for the fruit of the Spirit.
I’m going to wish for a content heart.
I wish for courage.
I wish for peace.
I wish for flexibility.
I wish for perseverance.

Next time you look in the mirror and think, I wish, remember the Lord has a plan. Remember we’re called to have a content spirit. And instead of wishing, say a quick prayer and give thanks to our great and wonderful God.

Note: I don’t mean we shouldn’t want to grow and improve and be healthier. By all means, strive for growth! The desire to grow is far different from a discontented heart.

Ladies, I’m blessed to speak to you. I’m praying for all who read this and am happy to hear from you.
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