Worry…

WORRY
IS USELESS
UNNECESSARY ANXIETY
BRINGS ON UNNEEDED STRESS

Are you the type of person that worries about every little thing —  the unknowns or the unexpected?  If so, you are not alone.  Everyone worries about something and most of the time the things we worry about is important to us.  We worry about what the future holds or receiving a diagnosis that is unpredictable.  We worry about what people think about us and want to feel accepted.  We all worry!

Worry is not productive.  It only brings unnecessary anxiety and stress into our lives.  It can bring on paranoia and illnesses.  The Bible says we have a choice and our choices are to trust God with our lives or try to do life without Him.  When we trust God with our circumstances and the unknowns, we have nothing to worry about.  We are being held by a Heavenly Father who loves us and cares about our every need.

Matthew 6:25-34 says that we do not need to worry about anything — life, what we eat or drink, what we wear.  Those things are provided to us by God.  In verse 33, God says to seek Him first and all these things will be given to us.  In verse 34, it states, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In the book Matthew and Luke it states that God takes care of the birds in the sky.  God provides them food and water.  If God takes care of the birds, how much more can God take care of us?  We are made in His image.  We are precious to Him.  He calls us His children!

In Matthew 11:28-30, God says “come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  God invites us to give our burdens to Him.  He asks us to place them on the cross and leave them there.  Jesus received all our burdens when He carried the cross to Calvary to die for our sins.

There are many, many Scriptures in the Bible that talk about:
Peace       (John 14:27, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Colossians 3:15, Hebrews 13:5-6)
Trouble     (John 14:27, Psalm 23:4)
Worry       (Matthew and Luke, Psalm 55:22) 
Anxiety     (Philippians 4:6-7, Proverbs 12:25, 1 Peter 5:6-8)
Trust        (Psalm 56:3, Proverbs 3;5-6)

Replace anxiety with hope for the future!
Replace worry with peace!

Worry keeps us in the past when God wants us to live in the present!  The next time you find yourself worrying about something, remember that God is with you and wants to give you peace.  Rest in His arms today and be comforted by a God who will never let you go!

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Waiting….Hoping…Dreaming

Do you sometimes say to yourself, “I feel like I’m waiting for something that
isn’t going to happen?”

Do you sometimes feel hopeless or alone in your hopes and dreams?
Do you sometimes feel like God is silent?

Waiting is not an easy task for anyone.  We live in a world that wants things right now rather than wait for it.  We wait in line at the store, restaurants, and in traffic jams.  We have to wait our turn to talk to an operator on the phone.  We all know what it feels like to wait.  We wait for something every day.

In the Bible, God does not promise us an easy journey, but He does say the wait will be worth it.  “The soul that waits upon the Lord is the soul that is entirely surrendered to Him, and that trusts Him perfectly.”   A person who trust God and surrenders his or her life to Him understands what waiting is all about. It is about preserving even when there is nothing happening or trials come his or her way.

When God makes us wait for a dream or a desire in our lives, it makes us stronger and reminds us not to take it for granted.  Isaiah 40:31 states that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”  It is so easy to get tired of waiting and give up.  Isaiah says our strength is in the Lord.  As long as we believe that, God will renew us and keep us strong in Him.  Psalm 27:14 declares that we need to wait for the Lord and remain strong in Christ.

When we wait for the Lord, we submit to His ways.  Psalm 130:5 says to “wait for the Lord” with our “whole being” and put our hope in His Word [Bible].  Another way to stay strong while waiting is to dive into the Word, believe what it says, and apply it to our lives for encouragement.  Intentionally read the Bible and let God speak into us with truth and wisdom over our lives.

There are many characters in the Bible that had to wait for their promises from God.  Joseph waited 13 years to get out of slavery with the Pharisees.  Abraham waited 25 years before Isaac was born.  Moses waited 40 years to get out of the wilderness to save the Israelites out of bondage.  Jesus waited 30 years to start his ministry.  You see, we are not alone in waiting.  These people in the Bible waited for a dream to come true and hoped every day that God would fulfill these promises.  When God fulfilled these promises, God showed up in a big way and changed their lives forever.

One of the first steps of trusting God is to be still and know that God is good all the time (Psalm 46:10).  The next step is to believe and declare over your life that God knows the plans for your future, and He is going to prosper you (Jeremiah 29:11).  The third step is to believe that God hears you and will give you the desires of your heart in His perfect timing (Micah 7:7).

Personal Experience

My mom began a few years ago calling me her ladybug. I never knew what it meant.  While on vacation with my mom a few weeks back, I found a pocket charm with a ladybug on it that says: “Dreams come true”!  I have so many dreams that have not yet been fulfilled and have given up on them.  In some ways, I have given up on God, because He is silent in these areas.  I stopped waiting and moved on.  Rather than trusting God with my dreams and knowing He will fulfill them in His timing, I have given up on them completely.  This charm reminds me that I still need to believe and trust God, no matter the outcome.  I do not need to give up and get frustrated while waiting.  I do not need to lose hope and stop dreaming, because I see nothing happening.  I need to believe because God is real, and He can do the impossible (Luke 18:27; Matthew 19:26).

Taking Action

What have you stopped dreaming about?  What have you quit or gave up on because the wait was too long?  Do you need to bring the dreams and desires back into your life and remember what it was like to have hope again?  Do you need God to heal your hurt and redeem what was meant for you and you alone?

Whatever it may be, spend time with God and His Word this week!  Believe again for the future!  Believe in the impossible!  Believe that the Almighty, All-Knowing God cares about you and wants the best for you!  He never leaves or forsakes you (Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8).

It’s A Choice…

We all have choices to make each and every day!  The decisions we make determine our attitude and how we live our lives.  Positive thinking brings hope into our lives; negative thinking brings sadness and stress into our lives.

We choose to have joy!
We choose to have hope!
We choose to have life!

In the Bible, God says that joy and hope comes from Him!  He knows our future!  He knows our circumstances.  In Romans it says to be in constant prayer and rejoice in tribulation.  Psalm states that the Lord will shield us from all harm.

God still lets us make our own decisions – whether they are good or bad. Our choices matter EVERYDAY!  Prayer is the key to making the right decisions.  As long as we are in God’s presence, He will keep us from harm.

For so long, I have lived in fear of what doctors have told me.  What I should or should not do.  Yes, we all should follow the doctors orders to some extent.  It came a time where I had to choose God or the doctors.  I chose God!  God promises me He will always have my best interest at heart.  He knows me best!  I still do not have the proper diagnosis, BUT, as long as God is on my side, I will trust that He knows what is going on.  I may never get the answers but that’s okay. God heals His children.  I believe in His healing.  So I choose to seek joy and continue to have hope in Christ rather than man.  I choose life!  I choose to live life to the fullest.  I do not want to let my illness dictate who I am.  I declare this today, in Jesus name!

What do you need to declare today?  Do you need to seek joy, hope, or faith?  Do you need to be reminded of who you are in Christ?  Whatever it may be, declare it today! And believe it!

SCRIPTURE

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Psalm 27:4-5 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”