How to Change Worry to Peace and Freedom

Worry happens when we take on a responsibility that is not ours.

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Jesus told us that we should not worry. Philippians 4:6-7 in the New Living Translation says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 5:7 says  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Jesus wants all our cares.  That is why he came.  He came to walk beside us and carry our load.  

We worry about our children

When our children are small and live at home, we don’t tend to worry about how to feed them, how their diaper is going to be changed, or how to carry out our basic responsibilities toward that child.  We have been given the ability to do these things because it is our responsibility and God gives us the knowledge and strength to carry them out.  When our children grow up and move out of the house, they start making their own decisions and choices.  They are no longer under our chain of command and are no longer our responsibility.  We can counsel them when they ask or help them when they need help; but, ultimately, they are now under God’s chain of command and if we start to worry, it’s because we have no control over the situation.  It is not ours to control so God has not given us that ability, strength or knowledge.

We worry about finances

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When we worry about finances, that is also taking on a responsibility that is not ours.  The bible says in Philippians 4:19 that God will supply all our needs.  So ultimately it is His responsibility, not ours.  That does not mean we sit back and wait for someone, sent by God, to hand us all the money we need to life.  Our responsibility is to ask God to supply our needs then listen to His plan of action.  He will tell us where to work and how to earn an income.  Our responsibility is simply obedience to his Word, spoken or written.  Once we obey, He honors and blesses us.  

We worry about the future.

called-to-be-loved-26-638So, we cannot control our grown children, we cannot control our finances (our trust is in God, not money or our present economy), and we certainly cannot control our future.  It has not happened yet and we never know what is around the corner, but God knows and He works all things together for our good.  Most things we worry about that concern the future will either never happen or they will be things we can handle and eventually walk out of victoriously.

So what are we to do?

Just live like a child.  Again referring to Jesus’ teachings, He told us to come to Him as little children.  Have you noticed how happy little children are?  They know they cannot buy their own food, or dress themselves, or take care of even their most basic needs.  But they trust their caregivers to care for them.  All they need to do is come when called and let their caregivers hand them all that they need.  That is what our Savior can do for us.  He will hand us all we need as long as we live for Him and obey His leading.  And no, our parents will not always hand us everything we want.  They know we need to eat our veggies and protein, not only sweets.  So, also, God will not hand us all we WANT.  Only what we NEED.  Trust in Him.  Let go.  Be free.

Soothing the Soul

Three things that soothe my soul.

MUSIC:  Do you ever wonder why there is music playing everywhere?  Everywhere we go: restaurants, malls, department stores, and the list goes on.  Music is a source of rest and relaxation for me. I will listen to different types of music depending upon my mood.  I like soft ambiance type music, slow and soothing, when I am stressed and need to cool off emotionally speaking.  When I am sad I like to listen to upbeat Christian music that lifts me up and get my heart racing and my adrenaline pumping.  When I feel lonely I like to listen to love songs about how much Christ loves me.  And sometimes I like listening to romantic music about the love between a husband and wife.  There is music for all ages, races, nationalities, and personalities.  Music is a common ground that all people can appreciate sometime in their life.

MEDITATION:   Many times I like to sit and let my mind wander.  I often do this while taking a long drive out of town here in North Texas.  I look out at the plains, the farm fields, the road ahead of me, and just think of nothing.  I let thoughts float by and when one interesting thought comes my way I may ponder it for a while.  If it is a problem I need to solve, I pray about it and ask God to show me how to fix it.  Many times it is just a thought about a random subject that I begin to analyze or a topic that I try to outline or learn from.  Sometimes I just sit there and listen to the birds sing, the wind blow or the soft music playing in the background of my mind.  (I often seem to have some song in my head playing in the background of my thoughts).  Meditation like this can be like dreaming while you are awake.  I have read somewhere that dreaming is like organizing your experiences of life that day and filing your thoughts, memories, and emotional experiences in your mind.

MEMORIZATION

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The scripture above is a great example of how scripture can soothe the soul.  We have every blessing available to us through Jesus Christ.  If we search the scriptures we can find a multitude of blessings we can receive or have received from Him.  The best way to keep this with us is to memorize scripture.  We can say at any moment, wherever we are, that we are blessed by God.  And this soothes my soul.  Another good example is Psalms 103:1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your [a]years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Awesome God

 

God is so awesome.  He forgives all our sins and makes us clean and brand new.  He is our strength when we are weak.  He perfects us;  He completes us.  AND when we fail Him, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, Jesus says, “Father, I’ve removed their sins from them.  I have covered them with My blood and they stand before You clean, without sin.”  Whatever we cannot do, God does in us and through us if we only trust in Him.  Praise His name.

LIVE FOR TODAY

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Matt. 6:34 states “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

In today’s society with the economy, politics, etc. the way they are we need to focus on today.  Focus on this moment right now.  We need to forget about yesterday and it’s guilt, mistakes, missed windows of opportunity, etc.  We need to trust in God and not worry about what will happen tomorrow.  Let go of the fear, worry, unknown, etc.

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Prov. 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Trust the Lord with your future.  It belongs to Him.  He knows what is coming.  Only then will we have the peace that comes from knowing everything will be okay.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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Like most other people, I start each year with new year’s resolutions. I usually say I’m gonna lose more weight.  Finally in 2010, I lost 50 pounds.  That was a little short of my goal, but I was still proud of my accomplishment.  But over the years 2010 to 2012, I gained all of that back plus more.  Mostly because of stress.

So this year, I have a new goals:

1.   Live life to the full

(John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life and that you would have it more abundantly.”)   

2.  Soul Prosperity

(3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

According to this verse, my health is directly related to the prosperity of my soul.  Instead of trying to lose weight and not reaching that goal because of the lack of prosperity in my soul, I am going to seek fulfillment in my mind, my will, and my emotions.  Here are the ways to do that:

     1.  Be thankful in all things (1 Thess. 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances”) 
                 –Notice it does not say “for all things” but “In all things”.
    2.  Memorize scripture  (Ps. 119:50 “Your word has given me life”.)
    3.  Practice the presence of God (Ps. 16:11 “In your presence is fullness of joy” NKJV)
    4. Keep my mind on God (Isa. 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You”)

God’s word is life.

In God’s presence is joy.

The mind focused on God will be at peace.

My scripture focus will be: 3 John 1:2  Presentation1

And Phil. 4:8 and 11b                               Presentation1
 
I am determined to think abundant thoughts full of joy, filled with God’s presence and focused on His Word. 
I believe once I accomplish this, the health and well-being of my body will follow.
 
 
 

  

A New Me By 53 – Renewed Determination

Bipolar Eating Disorder

junk-food-junkyFor the past week I’ve been eating holiday foods:  cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, li’l smokies in biscuits, bacon wrapped jalapeno, ham, corn, rice casserole, etc. (notice almost all simple carbs).   Besides all that, I had bought a few bags of candy over the past couple weeks: jelly beans, M & M’s, etc.  Believe it or not, at times, I actually like eating healthy.  It’s almost like I have bipolar eating disorder.  My mind, my intellect, my spirit, or Someone in there tells me to eat healthy.  But my body cries out “CANDY, DONUTS, TWINKIES, ICE CREAM”.  I have read all the different diet books and have all the answers on what is good to eat (which everyone disagrees on by the way:  high carb, low carb, high protein, vegan, eat meat, don’t eat meat, eat potatoes, don’t eat potatoes.)    I have the knowledge, but not the discipline to stick with a good, healthy diet.  Plus emotions always get in the way.

Salad withdrawals

bowl-of-saladToday I finally had a salad.  Part of the reason it had been so long is because of the snow.  I couldn’t get out and travel for a couple of days due to ice on the roads and I ran out of salad.  But when I ate it today it tasted so wonderful that I felt like I had gone through salad withdrawals and I finally gained the vitamins I had been craving for so long.  I also go through soup withdrawals at times.  I make homemade soup a lot with lots of veggies, healthy, low-fat meats and low-salt/no-salt broths.  And when it’s been a while since I have eaten soups, I crave it like an addict, I must have it.

Lessons Learned

This brings an idea to mind which I believe I have heard before.  You crave what you eat.  If I can come to the point where I only eat (as my chiropractor says) “real food” as opposed to processed or junk foods, maybe I will stop craving junk foods.  The problem with that is my mind tells me that when I do something well, I deserve a reward:  food.  When I am stressed, bored, angry, depressed, etc., I need comfort:  food.  In addition to changing the cravings of my body, I need to change the cravings of my soul.  I suppose that would mean the more I read God’s Word, the more I will crave God’s Word.  Hmmm,  what an idea.  I think I will try that for a while — stop watching TV and read the Word of God.  Stop surfing the net and start searching for the face and favor of God.

When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  Psalm 27:8

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!  Psalm 105:4

For am I now  seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a  bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:20

CAST YOUR BURDENS

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When I think about this, I like to think of a fisherman.  When he casts his line, he casts it out there too far to reach.  It flies forward hundreds of feet and sinks into the ocean.

When I cast my cares on Jesus, I need not just lay it as His feet, just within reach, then pray a while, pick my burden back up and leave.  How many times have I done that?

When I cast my burden into the depths of the sea, Jesus walks right down in there and picks up my burden, carries it to the Father, and Abba Father, “Daddy God” takes care of it for me.

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Thank you Lord, for taking this from me, removing it from my shoulders forever and lightening my burden.