Monday, February 4, 2008

Exhale

Have you ever had a worry attack? For the past 48 hours or so I have been a nervous wreck. Worry, worry, worry. I am worrying about big stuff, things that are MAJOR life decisions that get my stomach all in knots. And I am also worrying about small stuff, tiny details that aren't a big deal at all but for some reason they consume my thoughts. I am worrying about things that are years and years down the road and I have NO control over them whatsoever, but for some reason I am trapped in my anxieties.

And then, I checked my email this morning. I don't know what I would do without my daily devotional from Max Lucado. The Lord uses emails to get to me, and that I can promise you! :) Pastor Max brought this verse to my attention today, one I have heard so many times before, but yet I needed it badly this morning:

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" -Philipians 4:6-7 (NLT).

A few things slapped me in the face here, the first one being that I need to THANK HIM for what He has done. My worries are far outnumbered by the amazing blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon me when I am far from worthy of them. I must remember to be thankful in all of my circumstances. Secondly, I am all about that word peace. What I am hearing here is that if I pray about all this, it doesn't necessarily mean that my problems will be solved and I will get an answer to the thing that is five years away and stressing me out. A solution may not come to surface, but I will have PEACE. This constant worry will not consume me.

It is not my job to solve the world's problems. There are things that are out of my control that I just have to learn about as I go along. And you know what? Everything really is gonna be okay.....

6 comments:

Joanna said...

I got that too :) It was so good! Totally spoke to my soul!!

Love you sweet girl!! Miss you tons!!

Believe Him!!

Ronda Kay said...

You always seem so calm and easy-going--rarely worried! Great scripture, though, to shed light on where our perspective ought to be!

Nat said...

I had tonnes of worry-attacks just after having Courtney, and I still get them quite often now. My stomach just goes into knots and sometimes I can't even say why! Just know that they won't last forever, and that soon everything will be back into perspective again. Fantastic verse though, that helped ease my mind a little today too. xxx

connorcolesmom said...

God is so good the way He confirms things to us and lets us know He is in control!

Love ya,
Kim

Fran said...

I love that verse so much! I'm glad I could read it again today.

Have a wonderful weekend Jen!
Hugs~
Fran

Bev Brandon said...

God must just love you an awful lot Jen...and you know He does...but I just love how you deal with your honest humble heart and your interior world...you are so precious!