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Don’t Be Afraid, Don’t Worry

There are times when I am worried and afraid. Not crying, shaking, hiding in the closet worried and afraid just a bit fearful or anxious and nervous. When I talk about it to Jesus He reminds me,

       Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.baby-20339_640                                                                Isa 41:10

Reading this I see the reason I am sometimes worried.  It’s because I forget that He is with me, He holds me in His hand. But why do I forget this?

I forget because I get busy with life. I put off praying and meditating until I have the time. I don’t put Him first because there are other things that need to be done or more honestly, things I want to do. When I don’t say good morning to Him putting Him first, when I don’t talk with Him throughout the day, when I go to sleep without thanking Him for the day and saying good night to Him I am not the woman He created me to be. I am weak and easily shaken, I get discouraged and lazy, I am filled with anxiety. God has given me and you all we need to be the people He wants us to be.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,
but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Tim 1:7

I think, really I know, the devil is the pushy-in-your-face sort who charges in uninvited anytime he wants but Jesus is not like that. Jesus knows that I struggle with worry and anxiety and will help me when I ask. He will step in whenever He sees a child of God in need but He will not force His way. He shows us the way but whether we go with Him or not is our choice. We have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline we have but to access that power.

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.
Phil 4:6-7

Blessings this day of grace
patricia

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Scripture: NLT

Philippians 4:6 niv

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We are to pray with thankful hearts. 
No matter what may happen we are not to worry.
If we prayed thankfully, at all times and in all circumstances,
worry would not be part of our lives.
We would have His peace guarding our hearts and minds. (verse 7)
We don’t have to understand this.  Just believe God’s promise.

Do you pray with a thankful heart?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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1 Peter 5:7 niv

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Because we are loved by God
He wants us to throw all our worries to Him.
Not just drop them at our feet to be picked up again,
but throw the worries, to Him, with force.
If we let go of the worry God will take it and trash it.

Do you toss your worries only to pick them up again?
Do you think God has more important things to do
than get rid of your worries for you? Why?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Matthew 6:27 niv

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Worry only takes away from the good we have
and makes it harder to see the beauty of life.

What do you worry about?
How do you turn away from worry or prevent it?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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