I call them the “What ifs”. Those thoughts that invade your mind and won’t let you sleep at night. So as we wind down this year & look ahead to the next, let’s look at some of these thoughts and the Scripture to counteract them. Fear & confusion are a huge mind set to battle…but I John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love, and God’s perfected love casts out fear as we continually walk with Him. Abandonment issues, either real or perceived, can cause us to feel alone and forsaken…but Jesus (whose name means God with us) tells us in Matthew 28:20 that He is always with us. Maybe it’s shame & guilt that keeps you awake at night. Romans 8:1 reminds us that there’s no condemnation for those who trust in Jesus. He loves you just as you are…no judgment. Helplessness, powerlessness, or emotions of no control over our life can make us feel like there’s no way out…no escape except to die. I then urge you to reach out to the Body of Believers. Philippians 4:3 calls on fellow Believers to gather together to help & reconcile…but you need to be brave enough to tell someone. Finally it could be invalidation & worthlessness that torments you. II Corinthians 5:21 shows us that as Christians we have been made righteous through Christ, and in God’s eyes we are valuable, cherished & worthy. So no matter the “What if”, there’s always the Word to cling to, for as Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”, we can rest assured that the overwhelming power of God will always carry out His gracious, all-wise plan in our lives.