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Worry.  Such a dastardly thing!  It eats us alive and makes us older than we are.  It creates stress, which in turn, wreaks havoc on our bodies.  Sorry, but I can’t think of a single good thing that comes from worrying.

Over the course of my life, there have been more than plenty of things to worry about! But you know what? My worrying didn’t change the outcome of a single event!  Not even once.

How about you?  Can you name just one time that your worry changed anything?  Jesus says in Matt: 6, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”  Read the whole story in verses 25-34.

Thinking things through and then taking any appropriate action to help a situation is different from worrying.  But there are times when you can’t even do that.

I had been working for the same supervisor for 5 years.  Suddenly, he received a promotion.  One of my coworkers asked me if I was worried about who might take his place.

No, I wasn’t.  And the reason – God is in control!  He knows all about it.  He knows who needs that job and who will have it.  If I trust God to do the best for me, should I not trust Him to do the best for others?

Gwen~

I received a note from a friend the other day of an account of a young woman who was speaking to a group on stress!  She turned around picked up a glass of water, and everyone smiled…knowing what she was going to ask!  ‘half empty or half full?’ …she fooled everyone.  “How heavy is this glass of water?  she asked with a smile.

Answers varied from 8 oz. to 20 oz.  She replied, “The weight doesn’t matter.  It’s how long I have to hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.   

Isn’t that they way it is with our burdens.  Our worry, confusion, helplessness, just becomes too much to carry!

Let’s put our burdens down.  Why not try laying them at the feet of Jesus?

If you need someone to talk to, let Him lead you through prayer to a trusted friend or professional to confide in.

imageWhen we’re refreshed and encouraged knowing that we’re not alone…our burdens become lighter.  Each day brings hope and answers become clear! Praise the Lord!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted it is for your comfort, which produces in your patient endurance of the same suffering we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NIV)

Gonna lay down my burdens…Deb~

 

 

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,

When Jesus is my portion?  My constant Friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be trouble,”  His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me,

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

These little birds were considered to be of little worth, but scripture tell us that not one fell to the ground without the Father’s knowledge.  No “ONE” is forgotten by God.  We all have a purpose in the eyes of our creator!  ~Deb

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26, NIV)

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your father.” (Matthew 10:29, NIV)

Worry

March 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

th (1)“Corrie ten Boom, a survivor of WWII war German concentration camps and a noted author and speaker said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Live each day to its fullest. Cherish the moments. That is a challenge for all of us.”

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”(Philippians 4:6-9, NASB)

It’s time to stop dwelling on things that are out of our control.  Lay it at the Savior’s feet.~Debra

Walking on the Water

September 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

524508_10151661043151305_1591224108_n“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33, NIV)

Trust Him! ~Debra