When-Then: Statements inspired by “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope, pg. 60.
I wish these were all “if” rather then “when” statements, but ultimately life sometimes gets the better of me. Hopefully the “then” portion will remind me that God always provides an alternative plan of action!
“You will seek me and find when you seek me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV).
~When I start to become undisciplined in my Christian practices (such as church attendance, daily Bible & prayer time, tithing, etc.), then I will thank God that I have the opportunity to worship him freely, while refusing to be drawn into guilt and defeat. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV).
~When I have bitter thoughts or jealousy over another’s blessings, then I will humble myself and thank God for the blessings He has given me. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” ~ Galatians 5:25-26 (NIV).
~When I question or become discouraged with my place in life (troubles with family, health, career, etc.), then I will place my hope and trust in God’s hands, for he has my best interests in mind. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
~When I am heavy-hearted from the dark and depressing events in this world, then I will trust that Jesus is our way, our light to peace. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 (NIV).
~When I start to slip up as a woman, wife, or friend, then I will thank God for the gift of my roles and for the opportunity to grow from my mistakes and receive His unconditional love that determines my worth. “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” ~ Proverbs 31:27 (NIV). I reference this verse as a reminder that although I’m not the perfect “Proverbs 31 Woman”, that there are always opportunities for learning and growth. Certainly there is value in both work and pleasure (or rest), but it’s when we become undisciplined and idle that we invite temptation into our lives.
And one more just so I can include a reference to my favorite go-to verse:
~When I start to become anxious about anything, then I will turn my worrisome thoughts to God and thank Him for all He has done and will continue to do. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 (NIV)