Illustrated Faith has changed my life in more ways then one.  My favorite part about it though has been falling IN LOVE with my Bible.  I crave getting into the word and I never thought I would say that.  It’s pretty awesome.  In the past, I wrote about my dealings with anxiety and panic attacks. I am so humbled and happy to say that I haven’t had any issues with either for many months.  The one key element I can attribute that to is God.  He has changed my mindset and literally set my heart and my mind free.

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Last week, at church, we sang Shackles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmKt-EqGJyc), I literally started sobbing, like a baby, because it all just hit me at once.  THAT is what God did for me!! That is what He does.  He took the shackles off my feet so I can dance.  It took away so much darkness from me that now I can live.  It’s amazing and I could seriously write for days on the blessings He has bestowed on me BUT you are here for one little blog post so here it goes :) lol

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Through study, and digging into the word, and prayer I have learned that I have to change my mindset.  I need to live each day, each moment, dwelling on things that are good, pure, lovely, excellent, noble and praiseworthy.   I need to think this way even in times of turmoil and fear and anxiety.  We must come to God in thanksgiving to access His perfect peace like it says in the two previous verses of Philippians.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When I start to feel the tiniest tinge of anxiety creeping in I focus on the lovely things in my life, the blessings, things I am thankful for and I can literally feel God’s perfect peace melting over me.  It is such a blessing.

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These three verses, have been a life mantra for me over the past few months so I wanted to really have this page stand out.  The Whatever is Lovely transparency pages were so perfect and allowed me to do a two page spread on this verse! Plus there is obviously still room on the actual page to journal more of the awesomeness that Philippians contains :)

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