Last year I was lamenting that I didn’t handle a situation differently. Betty and I prayed. Her words are in red below:
“Lord, don’t let me waste my time in beating myself up. Let me let you be God and work miracles. Lord, in You I place my hope. Give me what I need to cooperate with grace.”
Satan wants you to beat yourself up and go into depression. The solution is to trust and rely on the Lord.
“Out of the depths I cry unto thee Oh Lord. Oh Lord hear my voice.” (Psalm 130). These trials help us grow in wisdom as we go through them. They get us out of the lie that we can do it on our own. Experiencing neediness is good for us. It’s a dying to our pride. Stay out of the “what ifs” and “if onlys.” Give up the “toxic tapes.” “What is is and what ain’t ain’t and you work with what is.”
When you feel the anxiety coming on, you should pray in tongues or journal to get in touch with what’s out of order in your life and then get back in a place of trusting God. When you do this, you feel more peaceful. “Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) We need to have the doors open inside so He can work. We make the mistake of beating ourselves up which only makes things worse. We make ourselves miserable for nothing.
Everything we run into, good or bad, Jesus wants to turn it into the formation of our personality. “God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. “ Romans 8:28. “Give me the great grace to more consistently stay in the now where you are.” Control is in our environment, but the Lord is in charge. The Memorare would be a good prayer for you to pray:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O virgin of virgins, my mother! To you I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.