Doubt – a feeling of not being certain about something; to waver between belief and unbelief

For the last couple of weeks, I have been stuck in my head. I have been in my mind and thoughts, having some serious doubts about everything in my life. Life has been extra busy and a little more stressful than usual; everything became too much, especially not seeing the results I want.

All through this period, the question I was stuck on was ‘Do I accept things for what they are, or do I keep hoping and believing?’ After too many pity parties, I did the following three things.

1. Choose to snap out of it
Yes, it is easier said than done, but I got so fed up of feeling crappy and going back and forth with myself. Times were busy, and I wasn’t sure how or if I was going to achieve certain things, but I decided to deal with things as they come. I also had to quit the worrying. Worrying this far hasn’t achieved anything, so why carry on?

2. Think about what is going well
I started thinking about what has gone well and thanked God for that. I remembered how far I had come and the things He had made happen in my life, that I knew it could only be God. If He has brought me this far, he is definitely going to take me further and the seemingly difficult situation, is nothing compared to what He has done and what He is able to do.

3. Take comfort in His Word
One scripture that kept me going (and still is) was Isaiah 41:10 (NLT).  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
It gives me the hope that no matter how lonely one can feel when in doubt, He is right there, and He will never leave. He will help me out of any situation and turn things around for my good.

When in doubt, don’t play the comparison game, but remember how far you have come, the things you have overcome and the so-called things that used to be ‘impossible’ that are now a reality. Then keep moving forward! Don’t let doubt put a halt to your journey.

Ibby Oke

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