Monday, August 5, 2013

Process

I often say that "you can't have the results without the process." This morning God challenged me to think a little deeper on this matter. Let's start by defining what the word Process means. Process is "a systematic series of actions directed to some end." It is also "a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner." 
We all go through processes in life. Some go through the process of getting a higher education degree. I am in the process of losing weight. My husband and I are in the process of parenting our children according to the Bible. We all expect a great results out of our processes. 
This morning I found myself being anxious about the mechanics of our debt freedom process. I wish it would happen faster. Zeke and I are following a system that has helped millions of people out there but this morning I got really anxious about how slow it's been for us.
Here is the good news: this morning I was encouraged to "trust the God of the process." How many times I've put my faith in the process and not in the God of the process? How often I have decided to trust that my parenting style will give me the results I want or that my health journey is the thing that will give me victory? This morning God really encouraged me to focus on Him and not so much in my process. I'm not abandoning my debt freedom process friends. I'm not stopping pursuing a healthier diet and exercise routine. I am simply redirecting my thoughts and hope towards a God who is much higher than any natural ability. 
My Bible verse for the day (the year really) is "Seek peace and pursue it." Psalm 34:14. My challenge is to trust the God of the process and instead of focusing on worrying and becoming anxious, Seek peace and pursue it. 
QUESTION: Have you trusted in natural processes just to be frustrated? How can God help you right now in your process?

4 comments:

Marian said...

Great post and very timely for me! Too many times do I worry that a particular "process" won't go the way that's it suppose to, but silly me, I neglect to realize that the process itself doesn't have the ultimate control, any control for that matter. Faith without works is dead but works without faith is surely pointless and useless!

Cintia Listenbee said...

Thanks for reading and for the sweet comment Menina. I'm praying for you and with you.

jackiesjuicingjourney said...

I needed this post, it all applies to me. The debt plan is a little slow and raising a teen boy is a learning journey as I hope I am doing the right thing! Phil. 4:13 is my verse. Thanks for the post

Cintia Listenbee said...

Thanks for reading Jackie! I pray that God will supernaturally bless you as you trust in Him.