I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Do you worry?
If so, from whence do those worries arise?
Is it a troubled, wayward child? An aging parent, who is struggling with health problems? A shake-up at the workplace, where you think your job is jeopardized? A relationship you once thought invincibly strong, now on the rocks The sudden, tragic loss of a spouse? A persistent health issue?
If it makes you feel any better, I have experienced in the past, and am presently experiencing, these precarious and anxiety-producing situations.
How did I deal with them then, and how do I deal with them now?
The minute I feel worry rear its ugly, joy-stealing head, I run to my Father. Granted, sometimes my prayers are clumsy, emotional and awkward; the kind that dissolve into tears without warning.
But after all these years of trusting in the Lord, I know He hears and cares and heals in His perfect timing.
Am I always content with God's answers, or lack thereof?
No, but I hold fast to Jesus' promise that in Him, I, and all of us, will have peace in our hearts, our minds and our souls.
We will be able to lay our burdens upon His light yoke, and move forward in faith, knowing that He is looking after those whom we love so much better than we ever could.
Jesus grants us the peace that passes all understanding.
Grab on and hold on, my friends, to that perfect peace!
Pray, and leave your worries in the comforting, capable hands of God.
I'm confident He will whisper: "Don't worry, my child. Be happy!"
Are you going through a tough time in your life right now? How can I pray for you?
Prayer: Father, for so many years, I claimed my worries as my own, too trivial to share with You or ask for help. No that I know no request is too small, I leave all my worries and cares at Your feet, for Your yoke is light and ready to bear my burdens. Heal our troubled hearts, dear Lord, and assure us of Your peace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.