Life is stressful, whether you have a serious diagnosis or not. We are often full of doubt and fear and worry and regret. Personally, I need to fight against sadness and depression. I’ve learned that my only hope is to turn to God.

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”     Proverbs 3:6 KJV

Do you want the assurance that God is in control of your way, your life? That He is directing and guiding your decisions and ready to solve your problems? These words in Proverbs 3, are the key to that assurance. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him,” that is, the Lord. At every pause, at every turning point, at every moment when you can, relax and just breathe for a moment, and you are not pressed for some particular decision.

Acknowledge Him.

The best way to acknowledge Him is simply to thank Him, praise Him; wake up every morning with a reminder to spend the first 5 minutes of every day to give thanks. Thank Him that He is in charge. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Thank Him for all the help that you have received from Him in the past. Thank Him for His wisdom. Thank Him for His power. As you thank Him, you are acknowledging Him. You are continuing to have Him in control of your life and your situation. And in that way you continue to have His guidance and direction.

The sad truth for many, a sorrowful testimony to their spiritual maturity, is that some only praise Him when they are receiving what they want. Let this not be so! God is not our personal Santa Claus; nor is He more worthy of praise when things go well than when things are difficult. This puddle-shallow Christianity must be confronted and admonished. Our reverence to the Almighty is independent of circumstance.

Acknowledge Him every moment with a silent prayer; a brief, “Thank You, Lord,” is a way keep Him in the forefront of your mind. Talk to Him constantly. “Thank You that You are in charge of this situation. Thank You that You have the answer to this problem; are here to comfort me through my problems, whether You take them away or not. In every step, Lord, I acknowledge You. Every question I bring to You. Every decision I submit to You. Thank You, Lord, that You’re in charge, You have a plan, and give me the ability to trust You through it all.”

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