Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: God’s Got This

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God’s Got This

by Christine Carter

Every day is a new day to do something different. And I don’t necessarily mean change jobs, get a new hair color, take a different route to work, or stop by the local mall and pick up a new outfit. Though there is certainly nothing wrong with making these types of changes, I was thinking of something a little less obvious, but perhaps a lot more important.

There are days that I wake up and there is this feeling of ‘here I go again’…that unpleasant feeling you get inside that almost aches for something better or different.

On the dramatic side, this feeling may drive some people into a mid-life crisis or an existential crisis, or maybe they respond to that inner feeling of duress or tension by making drastic changes in their lives.

But leaving a job or doing something daring won’t change one thing: you are you. You cannot hide from yourself or outrun yourself. That feeling may fade for a bit, but it may return once the newness or your situation is not so new.

I am grateful as a Christian I have a comforter, the Holy Spirit, whose still small voice encourages me when needed, and sometimes nudges or prompts me to look inward to see if there is something that might need changing.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t care about what we wear or what we drive, or how big our house is. He cares about our hearts. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart”.

I find that when this feeling comes that something needs to change it is usually something in me. Maybe I have been neglecting my quiet time with God. Maybe I haven’t been reading His word enough to really hear from Him. Because if I do take that time He always guides, always restores my soul.

He wants to be in communion with us. He wants to give us the ‘peace that passes all understanding’. In a world where more often than not we feel pulled in so many directions, the Holy Spirit will nudge us and simply remind us to ‘be still and know that I am God’.

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What does that mean? He is in control when we feel out of control. We can trust Him because ‘God’s got this’.

Sometimes we may need to unplug the social media and plug into our source of strength and peace. To ground ourselves in our Creator, the author and finisher of our faith.

Maybe we need to step back from some activities which keep us at a frenetic pace in order to hear His voice and feel His presence. When we look into His word, we will find it is ripe with promises God has made to you and me. One I hold onto when I need an extra dose of His strength and comfort is that ‘He will never leave {me} or forsake {me}.’

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. But your Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – Phil. 1:6

When all other avenues seek to mask the stress you face daily, God can lift those burdens and make them lighter.

“In peace I will lie down in sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

– Psalm 4:8


About the Author

Christine Carter at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.

She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.

She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.

She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.

She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.

You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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