Live Loved

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

[1 Peter 5:7]

P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L

Here are eight worry stoppers:

1. Pray, first. Don’t pace up and down the floors of the waiting room; pray for a successful surgery. Don’t bemoan the collapse of an investment; ask God to help you…

2. Easy, now. Slow down… Assess the problem. Take it to Jesus and state it clearly.

3. Act on it. Become a worry-slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes… The moment a concern surfaces, deal with it. Don’t dwell on it. Head off worries before they get the best of you…

4. Compile a worry list. Over a period of days, record your anxious thoughts. Maintain a list of all the things that trouble you. Then review them. How many of them turned into a reality? …

5. Evaluate your worry categories. Your list will highlight themes of worry. You’ll detect recurring areas of preoccupation… Pray specifically about them.

6. Focus on today. God meets daily needs daily. Not weekly or annually. He will give you what you need when it is needed.

7. Unleash a worry army. Share your feelings with a few loved ones. Ask them to pray with and for you.

8. Let God be enough. Seek first the kingdom of wealth, and you’ll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of health, and you’ll sweat every blemish and bump… But seek first his kingdom, and you will find it. On that, we can depend and never worry.

Eight steps. Pray, first. Easy, now. Act on it. Compile a worry list. Evaluate your worry categories. Focus on today. Unleash a worry army. Let God be enough. P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L.

[Fearless]

Father God,

Thank you for pouring peace in our lives. When all around us tries to steal our tranquillity, trusting you takes us back to peace. You’ve promised that when we seek you, we will find you. And when we find you, we will find rest for our spirits. Thank you, Lord, for caring about the things that trouble us and try to take our peace. Thank you for being a fountain of comfort,

Amen.

You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

[Romans 8:15]

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.

[Psalm 37:7]

~ Max Lucado ~

 

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