Over the last year or so, I’ve been internally battling with myself – over quite a few things. Today, I want to celebrate answered prayers and those small steps in the right direction.
As someone who loves being organised (one look at my bullet journal will show you that), I’ve always been one to try and break down projects into more manageable chunks. After all, why would you start something without making at least one list? However, as great as I was at making lists for school work, I tend to prefer ignoring the ‘big things’ in life that were affecting me more personally. I am great at giving advice to other people, but not so great at actually following it myself… oops?
One of my favourite things to say to people is:
“Take things one step at a time.”
Does anyone else feel like they’ve really accomplished something when you tick off boxes on a to-do list? I feel like just in the act of ‘ticking’, I’m a step closer to the finish line. In terms of mental health and well-being, I’ve been reluctantly learning how to apply this to myself. It’s taken a while, and I’m not there yet, but steps are being made in the right direction, and that’s what matters, right?
I realise that I’m sort of skirting round the topic I had in mind, but that may be because I’m reluctant to put it in writing. That said, being honest and documenting this year’s journey is what I want to use this blog for, and so I’m challenging myself to fulfil that. Admitting to myself that things haven’t been completely right has been a major challenge, and a step out of my comfort zone. For years, I’ve held myself to the standards of perfectionism, yet that falters if you throw in stress, anxiety and the general busyness of work.
I’ve been working up to visiting a doctor for a while now, but all along have been utterly terrified of actually following through with it. One of my prayers has been that not only I would have the courage to make an appointment and go, but also that it would be a positive experience – where I was listened to, and made to feel like my words had value. This happened today, and in my eyes, that’s a cause of celebration. God works in immensely powerful ways, and though this may seem really small to some of you, it is a breakthrough of sorts for me.
Today isn’t about me – it’s about God. In His strength, I took the next step forward. In His presence, I was calm enough to follow through. By trusting in Him, I know that my future is held tightly in His hands.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Never forget that when it comes down to it, it’s the little steps that count. You may not get there the fastest, but it’s the safest way. Celebrate along the way – make those victories count for something.