It’s almost time to go back to school. Yesterday, I received a call from a supervisor who called to give me my new assignment for the upcoming year. It ended up being a different job than what I was told last week {at Wally world} by the head supervisor over our department. Immediately, I felt anxious! It was as if I stepped back a few months and picked up all the burdens and stress that I felt as the school year was coming to an end. So much had happened during the year. It was a rollercoaster of changes and insecurities.

I had prayed that I wouldn’t have to feel that way in the new year. Hopelessness and stress seemed to be my ball-n-chain last year. I couldn’t mentally take it….again! So, I questioned myself. How can you do this? Is there a way to feel secure (even when your job takes twists and turns) and trust that God is in control of everything? He is in control, right? Yes. He has a plan and I want to be a part of it.

I’ve had a little hope infusion thanks to a sweet Proverbs 31 blogger Melissa Taylor. God led me right to her Top 10 Ways You Can Choose Hope and Claim Peace post! Wow, what an inspiring boost for my spirit! It was as if she wrote it just for me. Thanks Melissa! I feel inspired to even make my own list! And to actually refer to it during the tense times that are sure to be ahead.

1) Refuse to worry. God has a plan. Trust Him.

2) Don’t take everything personally. If I feel attacked, refer to #1.

3) Count my blessings. Being thankful changes all attitudes.

4) Capture my thoughts. 2 Cor. 10:5, Proverbs 4:23

5) Rest in Christ. Read, pray & obey!

Satan is a master deceiver. He wants me to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. So, I’m putting on a new attitude. I’m changing my hopeless to hopeful!

I’m excited about my future. I know you have a plan to prosper me and not harm me. Help me to live outloud for you. Let those around me see you in me through my words, actions and behaviors.

by Max Lucado

Today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions.
Today’s jealousy is tomorrow’s temper tantrum.
Today’s bigotry is tomorrow’s hate crime.
Today’s anger is tomorrow’s abuse.
Today’s lust is tomorrow’s adultery.
Today’s greed is tomorrow’s embezzlement.
Today’s guilt is tomorrow’s fear.

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