Encouraging Scripture: Philippians 4:6, Romans 28A
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God.
It’s natural and normal for you to be anxious, but you don’t have to stay that way! Your anxiety can stem from your inability to solve problems on your own power, and the Apostle Paul encourages you with a way to relieve your own bad feelings and replace them with hopeful, faith-filled ones.
Prayer is us talking to God, and faith is believing that He not only hears us but will answer our prayers in His perfect will, time and plan for our lives. Thanksgiving helps you emotionally focus on the One who has the power to change things, and, again, your faith, which is a gift from God that you can ask Him for, can free you to move on, to break free from that overwhelmed feeling even if there’s no evidence that you can see or feel that things have changed.
Us believing that God has a plan and purpose for our lives leads to embracing that, no matter what the circumstance, things will work out for the good. Look at Joseph’s story or Hannah’s. Or David’s or Abraham’s. God’s will, plan and purpose for them came to pass in His time. That’s today’s encouraging word.
Father God, Thanks for giving me the tools to deal with anxiety. Thanks for always being there to hear me and soothe my sometimes very hard to bear feelings, which surely are real but don’t reflect spiritually what’s going on. Help me to spiritually walk on water like Peter did physically, and help me to keep my eyes on You, Jesus, so I continue walking and don’t sink. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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