Monday, October 21, 2013

When I Can't, Then He Can!

For our OBS this week (which I HIGHLY recommend - this is another GREAT study), I chose to write some of my own "when-then" statements.  When we feel any negative emotions such as emptiness or uncertainty, we can use these statements to help us turn our focus back to Jesus.  These are my "when-then" statements, accompanied by scriptures that help me to remember them:   

  • When I can't figure out what to do in regards to a tough relationship, then I will seek God's guidance and thank Him for giving me wisdom to guide my steps and actions.  
  • When I feel as though I will never be able to make payments on my student loans, then I will thank God for always providing, and remember that all things are possible with Him.  
  • When I feel lonely, and as though I will be alone forever, then I will thank God for always being with me, and for never leaving me.
  • When I feel as though I'll never have control over my eating habits, then I will thank God that he is transforming me, and that I can do all things through His strength.
  • When work becomes overwhelming and I want to quit, then I will thank God for allowing me to have a job to work for Him, and for his peace and strength.  
  • When I feel unsuccessful by the world's standards, then I will thank God for all the things He has helped me accomplished, for the blessed life He has given me, and for His grace that determines my real value in Him.  
  • When I am worried that I have made a wrong decision or feel fearful for the future, then I will thank God for His will and for guiding me. 
Statements Renee Swope included in her book A Confident Heart
  • When I start to measure my value by how well I am doing as a _____ (employee, citizen, friend, daughter, sister, woman, etc), then I will thank God for the gift of my roles and for the gift of His unconditional love that determines my worth. 
  • When I feel insecure about my position at work, church, or somewhere else, then I will thank God for the high or low position I have on earth and for my position on Christ that secures my significance forever.  
  • When I feel an aching emptiness that I'm tempted to fill with food, television, or anything other than God, then I will thank God for being the strength of my heart and my portion forever - and remember that He is the One who satisfies the hunger and thirst of my soul.  
I hope some of these bless you as well!  If you have any "when-then" statements, please post them in the comments - I would love to read them!!!  Thank you for reading, and God bless!  :)  


  1. Love Your when -then statements Natalie. Thank You for sharing.

    1. I can't believe how much I've used them! Thanks for reading! :)

  2. These are fabulous when - then statements Natalie! You touched on many of my doubts/struggles, so I will be copying these down today for sure! Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Katrina Wylie, (FB small group leader)

  3. Natalie - these are awesome! I need to "borrow" them for my no fail pail!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!