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.

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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.

Emotions of Life

emoticonsDuring our lives, we (especially women) go through many faces of emotion.  Throughout my times of strong emotional uprise, I have vented those emotions by writing poetry.  I have compiled those times into one larger poem called “From the Heart”.  You can read it  here.

I realize at the end of those emotions that Jesus is always the answer.  When we are happy, Jesus is the reason (John 10:10).  When we are sad, Jesus is the One to whom we can run(Matthew 11:28-30).  When we are angry, Jesus takes revenge for us (Romans 12:19). 

King David complained to the Lord a lot in the Psalms; however, at the end of most of those Psalms, he would exclaim something like “But God” or “And yet will I praise You”.  Sometimes he just talked to his soul and told himself to hope in God:

Ps. 42

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

No matter what our emotions are, we can rest assured that Jesus will be there for us.

 

Abundance is…Family and Friends at Christmas

cute-christmas-clip-art-2-freecuteclipartblogspot_1[1]One of the best memories of Christmas is when my parents and sisters would gather around the tree and pass out the Christmas presents.  We would open them one by one and the others would watch as we found out what everyone received.

Christmas was a time of family.  My dad can cook very well, and my sisters and I would want to get involved also, so Mom, Dad, and all my 4 sisters would be involved in the kitchen getting ready for the big Christmas dinner.  It was a time of sharing and caring as the family would gather at the table and all eat together.

May your Christmas be joyful as you share with family and friends.  But may you also remember the real reason for the Christmas season.  Jesus came to build a relationship with all of us.  Even if you have nobody to spend Christmas with this year.  Jesus can be your constant companion if you let Him into your life.

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Power of the Tongue

“The tongue has the power of life and death” – Proverbs 18:21.  With words we can heal, wound, or kill.  With  words, God created the entire universe.  God said, “Let there be…and there was…” Genesis chapter 1.  We have to watch what we say at all times.  I still remember words that were said to me over 40 years ago as I was growing up.  Words of disappointment, words of correction,  harsh words and words of praise when I did something good.  Some of us hear words of abuse also, and these can have lasting effects, especially if we harbor resentment in our hearts and keep repeating these words to ourselves.

We are all important.  We are all accepted by the Lord.  We are all created in His image, beautifully created and thought of before the creation of time.  (see Ps. 139:13 – 15 and Eph. 1:4-6) Ponder these words, my friends, ponder on the fact that Jesus loves us beyond measure, unconditionally, because he created us and all things created by Him are wonderful.  Ephesians 1:6 states that he made us accepted (NKJV).

When we speak to one another, speak words of life.  Speak words of healing.  Speak to those in the world, whoever they are, knowing that they, too, were created by God–beautifully and wonderfully made.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to speak life.