Day 219

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7

Worry. defines worry as: “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.”

Torment oneself. Suffer. Fret. That’s what I can do to myself. What about you?

I’ve heard that if you worry you don’t really trust that God can handle it. That God is incompetent. I mean, I worry about my kids and my family, friends, today’s world, the future, etc. It’s kind of hard not to worry…but to not really trust that God can handle it? That’s a little hard for me to swallow. God’s name means Peace! Hello!?! AND I choose to worry? 

God cares about us. He cares about all the details of our lives. So, why do I torment myself sometimes? 

Maybe because I’m trying to do it all by myself? 

I must remind myself to pause, take a deep breath, and remember Who is in control. It’s not me!

God goes before me…He is behind me…and He is right beside me. 

In Philippians chapter 4, Paul gives us a prescription on how God wants us to handle worry. The enemy wants to distract us and get us to believe that God can’t handle our problems, our worries, and our fears. That’s not the truth though. 

God’s light can pierce through the darkness and if we walk in this Light – then we can’t possibly torment ourselves. 

So, the prescription:
1. Stop worrying
2. Start praying
3. Keep thanking God

We can’t thank God and feel worried at the same time. I think Paul’s prescription is good medicine that can heal all things. Let’s keep company with THE Light today and believe that the Prince of Peace wants to calm our worry waves. 

Today’s assignment: Write out 5 things you are currently worried about in list form. Then across from each one…write out a thanksgiving for it. Example: I’m worried about my job. ------------- Thank you God that I have a job to pay for food, our home, etc…

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

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