My Grace-Full Life

7.26.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Perception vs. Reality


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• As those of you who know me can attest, there’s usually a method to my madness.
Choosing a frozen tundra picture in the middle of summer is an example.
I chose it because you could easily plant this Embassy Suites in the middle of that frozen tundra and the occupants would feel no difference.
As a third-year veteran of She Speaks, I thought I knew better than to worry about a cardigan…
I’ve been here, packed the sweater, and never used the sweater.
So I didn’t bother to pack the sweater this year.
As a result of my assumption, I had to buy a new denim jacket at the book store yesterday.
(It was necessary, but no doubt my husband will be facepalming himself when he reads that I’ve bought something else to hang in the closet).
As I type MGFL this morning, I’m wearing it over my pajamas.
I’m absolutely freezing.
It was hard to remember that the outside temperature was in the mid-80s yesterday when the hallways were filled with women trying to bundle up and stay warm.
Often—we’re the same way.
It’s easy to get lost in the assumption of our minds and convince ourselves of one thing when it’s not really a reflection of the warm reality on the outside.
That’s what it means in Jeremiah 17:9 ESV, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
We have to be aware that our perceptions aren’t necessarily our reality.
I feel like I’m in a frozen tundra but my reality is that I’m in a typical hot and humid, NC summer.
I may feel that I’m not good enough or smart enough, but the reality is that if God calls me to it, His strength will bring me through it.
I may feel that I don’t measure up to her, but the reality is that God isn’t comparing us—He just gave us different assignments.
It’s a matter of applying Biblical Truth and God’s promises above our feelings and perceptions.
Because it doesn’t matter what I feel.
What matters is what He says.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His truth.
Thank Him that He is always the reality we need to cling to.
Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to search truth in Scripture before you believe your own assumptions.

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