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Don’t Be Anxious!


“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 5:25-34 (NKJV)

Blessed Savior,

I lift up those who are filled with anxiety. With your love, calm their anxious heart. Bring them to an understanding of Your Sovereignty. You are more than able to guide them through their trouble, so help them to relinquish control and trust You to handle their trouble. Let the knowledge of Your power and love lift their spirit and give them hope. May they move through their struggle in peace, knowing nothing is impossible with God.

Thank you for giving us exactly what we need, including trials and times of stretching. Amen.

God Understands Us

Don't Worry
“Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.”
~ Charles Stanley


Faith That Moves Mountains & Causes Anxiety To Flee

Anxiety Behind Me

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.” Psalm 37:8 (NKJV)

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10 (NKJV) 

A few years ago, I was convicted of my tendency to worry.  God revealed that my anxiety was a lack of faith. My heart was greatly grieved at this light bulb moment. Sorrow filled my heart for having wounded my Savior, for I was not trusting Him or believing in all His true and faithful promises. These promises tell of how He will lead, guide, protect, love, and provide. I was not trusting in His awesome power and strength. 

The fact of the matter is that God COMMANDS us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6(NKJV)  If I knew this verse, and I did, I was then walking in disobedience. God knew of my weakness and fears, after all… He did knit me together and design my very being. But still, He expected me to work on my faults and sin areas. It was not enough to simply acknowledge I had wounded my Savoir. He expected action on my part. 

It is in the refiner’s fire that I was placed, to be tested and purified. My lack of faith, made evident by my constant worry, needed refining. With each new trial, I was expected to faithfully trust in His compassion, love, and wisdom. I made an effort to consistently and prayerfully offer up my petitions for help and then….. leave them at His feet. That’s right; leave them so that they did not hinder my work for Him.

My habit of worry is….

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The Anxiety Of The Virgin Mary


Dear Ones,

Mary had a lot on her plate.  I hope her faith and trust inspires you.

“Mary lived in invisibility in the moments of an ordinary, obscure life, as far as anyone in her own life knew.  And yet, in the living of her life, quietly, faithfully, God noticed her…..God saw her and she found favor and pleased His heart.  God always sees…. Even when no one else is noticing.”  Sally Clarkson

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”  Luke 21:14 (NIV)

Do you ever feel invisible?  Do you ever feel like you are so ordinary that nobody, not even God could notice or use you for a purpose?  If so, be encouraged by the story of Mary, the woman chosen to give birth to the Savior of the World.

Mary lived her life in quiet faithfulness and God noticed her as she lived her day-to-day life.  The bible does remark that she was a great beauty, like Esther.  Nor was Mary an incredibly intelligent and gifted girl, at least not as far as we know.  She did not have to be talented or outwardly beautiful to get God’s attention.  Her simple faith and goodness is what found her the favor of our Creator.

This favor came at a great cost to this young woman.  Her trials would put many of our sufferings to shame.  We ought to find encouragement in her perseverance and faith to accept the path God decided to lead her down.  She did not shout from the rooftops that she was carrying the Savior of the World.  No, it was with quiet submission that she accepted the will of God.

Mary must have felt great anxiety when facing her betrothed with the news of her pregnancy. Joseph had not known her intimately, and had decided to divorce her quietly. God provided for Mary by sending an angel to Joseph in a dream.  In Matthew 1:20 the angel said, ““Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

When Joseph woke up from his dream, he did what the angel had commanded and took Mary home as his wife.  Any worry Mary felt was set aside by God’s provision and grace. Protection had been provided.

Throughout Mary’s life, the hand of God was there to provide for her. The birth of her son occurred within walls and not in the great outdoors. A lowly manger was the Savior’s bed, but it was God’s provision and sufficient for Mary’s needs.

Shortly after the wise men had left their gifts with the newborn Savior, a new crisis erupted for Mary and Joseph.  Herod had heard about the birth of a new ruler for Israel.  He sent out an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem two years old and younger.

Matthew 2:13 continues the story by saying, “When they (Magi) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

“So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.”

Mary had to set aside her worry and trust that God would protect the Son He had given her through the Holy Spirit. Since the message to leave Bethlehem had come to Joseph, Mary also had to trust that God was leading in her life through her husband.

Mary found favor in God’s eyes through her quiet faithfulness.  She did not go unnoticed.  Her obedience in submitting to God’s eternal plan could have led her to many anxious nights.  Instead, Mary exercised her trust in His goodness and provision.  She threw her cares back up to her heavenly Father, and depended on Him to protect her and lead her throughout life. 

If God is for you, who can be against you?  (Romans 8:31) If you submit to His will for your life, He will be faithful to complete the work that He has begun in you.  Mary’s purpose was to give birth and raise the Son of man.  She did not let worry interfere with that purpose.  She did not let the fear of man or circumstance rob her of the honor God had offered.

Remember Mary and all she had to face the next time worry tries to visit your doorstep.  Consider her act of faith and submit to the trial before you, knowing that God will take care of any problem that challenges you. He is looking for the faithful to cast their cares upon Him.  His shoulders are just about as big as his arm span, and they are as far as the east is from the west.

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”          Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

 “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’”  Luke 1:28      

The description of ‘highly favored’ comes from a single Greek word, which essentially means ”much grace.”

Can you tell I have been battling my old bad habit of worry once again???  Two posts on the topic in two days.  Hopefully, I am not the only one out there that needs to review the topic of anxiety.

I will be at a woman’s retreat and unable to post new articles until Sunday night or Monday.  I am sure I will return with many gems and nuggets to share with all of you. I am feeding my weary soul this week-end and enjoying wonderful Christian fellowship.



You Can Battle Worry With God’s Help

Worry-U R More Birds 

““Do not fret – it leads only to evil.”    Psalm 37:8b (NIV)

 “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”    Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”    1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

That nasty villain named WORRY will often sneak into  dreams and robbed us of sleep.  How many of you know him and suffer from his harassments?  You can battle him in several ways and gain back your peace.  Look to God!

Memorizing scriptures that addresses anxiety and fear is a powerful tool.  It takes time and requires some review, but it is worth the investment.  The Holy Spirit will faithfully recall these memorized verses when you are in need.  He will also bring them to mind when you have an opportunity to encourage another with His words. 

Since *satan is unable to read your mind, it is wise to recited them out loud when anxiety strikes.  Hearing the words will comfort and calm you.  It will also give the enemy an earful.  The Word tells us in James 4:7 that if we resist the devil, he will flee.  This is a promise! 

God, as our teacher, is always encouraged and pleased by the efforts of His children to apply new knowledge. It is never too late to learn something new and to put it into practice. 

Philippians 4:6-7 is another powerful verse to memorize.  It reminds us to “be anxious about nothing.”  It continues on by instructing believers to approach God in prayer with a thankful heart regarding their worries.  This thankfulness comes from knowing that God hears every prayer and is in control.  So what is the promised result for following these instructions?  A peace that transcends all understanding!

When worry and anxiety starts to strangle you, fear is often not far behind.  Trusting in God’s love and faithfulness will help you by renewing your strength.  Reflecting on the might of God, the Creator of the universe will remind you that He has incredible power.  He sees all, knows all, and will handle all…… in His perfect timing and ways.

Memorizing scripture and meditating on His power can eliminate anxiety and worry.  However, there are other ways to battle your anxious thoughts.  Why not reflect on all of the ways God has shown Himself as a faithful Father. Reflect upon all the problems in your past and how they have been resolved.  If God helped you to solve problems back then, He will certainly do so in the present and in your future.

God is always in command.   Who better to take care of your troubles? In regards to your spiritual armor, the sword is the Word of God.  It helps in your battles with the evil one.  Don’t forget that you are fighting a spiritual battle every day. Satan, that prowling lion, looks for every opportunity to confuse and harass you. He wants to steal your peace. Don’t give him any ground!  Put on your armor, resist him, praise and thank God, recite all the ways He has shown Himself faithful and true, pray, and keep your spiritual sword sharp!  Worry does not have to paralyze you.  Trust God and be not afraid.  Give all your worries and cares to God. He cares so much for you.

 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”                      1 Peter 5:7-10  (NLT)

 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”          James 4:7 (NIV) 

“I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; He surrounds and defends all who fear Him.”                Psalm 34:4-7  (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 (NIV)

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