Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God—He cares for me.’

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

It was such a hard winter and spring for me and I have stopped to thank Him often for this renewing summer. He brought me through a season that felt like it would never end, in His timing. If you are in a season of waiting, grieving, or feeling unsettled (or all three like I was), put all your focus on things above. Whatever is good, pure, lovely, and true. And trust that He has a very good plan. Keep going friend. Whoever you are, keep choosing Him over everything else and He will direct your path.

But it was Jesus who taught me there was nothing I could really lose if I had Him. He taught me to be palms up, just like He was. Palms up means you have nothing to hide and nothing to gain or lose. Palms up means you are strong enough to be vulnerable, even with your enemies. Even when you have been tremendously wronged. Jesus was palms up, to the end.