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What if my family struggles financially? What if I can't have kids? What if I can't find a job that I love?

What if? What if? What if? That's the biggest and scariest question of them all. Fear is the devil's greatest asset to cause spiritual warfare in us and "what if?" is his favorite question.

I personally believe that "what if" causes the most destruction to our lives. How do I know this? I lived it. I still live it, occasionally. I struggle with the what ifs of life and I used to ask myself a million "what if" questions a day, thinking that I was just "prepared for the worst". Turns out you can never be prepared for the worst. You can only trust God in those times. He is our creator and the only one who can give us the peace and comfort we need during the "worst" times.

So how do we deal with the "what ifs"?

Because God. That's how. An amazing author and hopefully my future BFF (seriously I want to be her friend) Jennie Allen, wrote a book called "Get Out of Your Head". It's all about changing your mindset and taking on life with Jesus by your side. Jennie uses science to back up the Bible and explores the mind and how we have a choice. Now, I don't want this to be a full rant of how much I love this book or a book review, but it would be incredibly easy to do so! In her book, Jennie has a section that talks about "what ifs" and her answer to these questions is "because God."

God is our answer. I know Jesus is the answer to everything is a total cliché, but it WORKS! What if I can't have kids? Because God. That answers covers everything! In one of my favorite songs and what my friend calls "the number one song in America", I See A Victory by Elevation Worship they explain this perfectly. "You take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good". That statement alone has all the hope I will ever need. God's plan is ALWAYS good even when it doesn't seem like it!

While I was reading this thought-provoking chapter in Get Out of Your Head, I thought about the way I grew up. My parent's favorite saying used to be "Because I Said So". Anyone else's parents say that too? Maybe you were the parents saying that? Guess how I reacted? I said Yes ma'am or Yes sir and I took their word for it. Obviously that didn't happen every single time, but it got me thinking. Intriguing right? Why don't we do that with God? Why don't we just say yes and take his word for it? Why do we spend copious amounts of time asking "why God"?

Over the past few days I have been trying out "Because God." And let me tell you it has made all the difference. Usually, I worry about all the bad scenarios that could possibly, or maybe, happen and it drives me crazy and makes my mind fill with hurt and anxiety. That is NOT from God! These past few days have been more fun and joy-filled and I am so incredibly thankful for a God who loves me more than I can imagine. I am so thankful for this time of rest and of reset. I am so thankful for these earthly challenges because they make me stronger and mature my faith.

I challenge you over the next week to take God's word as it is. To just say yes when He says "Because I said so". Message me on Instagram @sunshineauthority or email me your stories at sunshineauthority@gmail.com! I would love to hear how this one simple change makes your life different.

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