From ‘Realist’ to Forever Optimist: Embracing a New Mindset With God

I don’t know who needs to hear this but  – STOP SIDING WITH THE DEVIL. 

You most likely wouldn’t label yourself as a “pessimist” or as “negative.” But maybe you’re a “realist”. That means you see the reality of the situation or you are “grounded.”

Take a journey with me for a second here – I think life with Jesus means we get the luxury of being a forever optimist. I love to assume the best possible outcome, mostly because I trust that God will come through for me. But when circumstances look bleak, it’s much harder to see the best case scenario. 

Sometimes, agreeing with the devil looks like agreeing with the “facts.”

The truth is that God doesn’t work by “facts.” He doesn’t care what your doctor said. He doesn’t care what the test results say. He doesn’t care that the paperwork says “irreconcilable differences.” He doesn’t care that the total in the bank account is less than the bill amount due. Of course He cares about US and He loves us so immensely. But He doesn’t care what the “facts” say. 

That’s because He is the TRUTH.

In John 14:6, Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

His truth looks so different from our “facts.” And when it seems like He couldn’t possibly make it all work out – that’s when He completely shocks us because His ways aren’t our ways.

Just like it says in Isaiah 55:9 β€œFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

So let’s stop agreeing with the devil and start agreeing with God. And please share your testimony of how God has come through for you so others can be encouraged too! 

Kristen James

Midday Show Host, STAR 99.1

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  1. Annmarie Passaro on March 30, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    God has changed my life for the better I don’t take nothing for granted no more I completely gave my life to God I’m a woman with secondary MS and pray every day with God I keep going trusting in my Lord Jesus Christ πŸ™β€οΈπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€οΈπŸ™Œ

    • Kristen James on March 31, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Amen! He is soooo good to us!! <3 praying!

  2. Rachel on March 30, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you! I needed to hear this…and it came at just the right time…God bless you

    • Kristen James on March 31, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Wow! Don’t you love how God works like that?!

  3. Marilyn Hansen on March 31, 2023 at 11:00 am

    I prayed every day that God would take away my pain, so that I could walk and do my everyday things pain free. But the pain only got worse. I tried everything. This, I realized, was God’s way of telling me that although he heard my prayers, and didn’t want me to live in pain, what I needed was to have a hip replacement, which was the only thing that would solve the problem. I have since had the surgery, I went into it scared but trusting the Lord, and he came through for me as I know he always does (though sometimes we just don’t understand). God’s way – He knows better than we do. Must trust in that always.

    • Kristen James on April 4, 2023 at 2:10 pm

      So so so glad you are feeling better and that God used brilliant doctors to help in your healing!! <3

  4. Jean Kusant on April 3, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    I have been having A LOT of problems at work. I have been praying, and talking to God every day. I got to my lowest point. I was changing jobs the next day. He moved me to another department. I KNOW He came through for me. His time not ours.

    • Kristen James on April 4, 2023 at 2:10 pm

      WOW! God’s perfect timing!! Thanks for sharing!!

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