When Worry Makes Me Wonder by Renee Swope

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How do
When Worry Makes Me Wonder
by Renee Swope we let go of our worries and take hold of the confident peace Jesus has made available to us?
“She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!'” Luke 10:40b (NIV)

When life gets overwhelming, do you ever wonder if God notices everything you have going on — like how you’re trying so hard to take care of everyone and everything? Staying up late to pay the bills, and feeling stretched between relationships at home and in ministry while caring for aging parents, commuting to work and carpooling kids?

Several years ago, I couldn’t keep up with all of the commitments I’d made. I felt like I was suffocating under everything I needed to do. Slowly, I let worry weave it’s way into my thoughts, making me wonder how I was going to do it all. I knew I should trust God more, but I was concerned that if I stopped worrying about everything and everybody He would too.

Eventually, I came to a point where I was exhausted and ready to resign from just about everything. I ran out of fuel. I didn’t have enough energy to handle all of my roles, relationships and responsibilities.

I also ran out of faith. I started doubting my ability to manage my life, to hear God clearly and to do all I assumed He wanted me to do.

And all those worries that made me weary, also made me wonder. I wondered why God wasn’t doing something to make life easier. I wondered if God noticed and cared about all I was doing for Him, and others.

One day I was reading my Bible and noticed how Martha’s worries were making her weary, and making her wonder if Jesus cared that her sister left her in the kitchen to do all that work, all by herself.

And listen to how He responded: “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'” (NIV)

So, how do we choose what is better? How do we let go of our worries and take hold of confident peace that assures us God notices and God cares?

First Peter 5:7 tells us: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)

The apostle Paul tells us the same and he tells us how: “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.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

It sounds so doable, but why is it so hard? I think it’s because Satan whispers the opposite. He tells us, “Don’t be calm about anything; instead worry about everything. Tell God what He should do. Then take control if He doesn’t listen. And concerns that consume you will become like acid in your heart, eroding your confidence with worry and doubt!”

Instead of giving into the whispers of worry, spoken by the enemy, let’s listen to God’s promise for peace. When we feel overwhelmed by life this week, let’s commit to …

• Stop worrying — Press the pause button on our consuming concerns.

• Start praying — Talk to God about all we’re doing. Ask if there’s anything we need to cut back so we can seek Him as much as we serve Him, and others.

• Keep thanking God — Thank God for what He’s done in the past and will do in the future. This helps us remember how good He is at being God.

Lord, when my concerns consume me, help me remember that You are with me, holding me by the hand and guiding me. I want to seek You as much as I serve You and others. Help me balance my life and give my worries to You, knowing with confidence that You care about me and are good at taking care of me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Application Steps:
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you,” 1 Peter 5:7.

Write your concerns on an index card and physically give them to Jesus. I have a table-top cross by my bedside where I lay my “concerns card.” Maybe you could get one, too. Then, when you start worrying, go back and write more on your card and commit once again to cast your cares upon the Lord.

Reflections:
Are there concerns that are consuming me? Have my worries made me wonder if God notices and cares about the details in my life?

Power Verses:
Psalm 138:7. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” (NIV)

Keep your eyes on Jesus by Bob Coy

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Disciples of Jesus must resist the urge to compare themselves with others.
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me. —John 21:22 (NLT)

We’ve all been guilty, at one time or another, of wasting our time looking at others and wishing we were in their shoes. In this passage, Peter does just that. Jesus had just given Peter a glimpse of all that his calling and future held, and as Peter was mulling over His words, John happened to cross their path.

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. . . . When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:20–22 (NIV)

As you can see, Christ didn’t even bother to answer the question. Instead, He told Peter that John’s destiny didn’t matter. Peter had one and only one responsibility—to follow Him. Lesson learned.

We can easily exchange Peter’s name for our own in the passage above. How many times have we asked, When is it going to be my turn to get the promotion? Why am I always the bridesmaid? When will I own a house? And the list of questions goes on and on and on.

Jesus would tell us the same thing He told Peter. “Just follow me and don’t worry about what I’m doing in the lives of others.” Disciples don’t focus on others but keep their eyes on Jesus. And because they do, they know that the Lord will only do what is right and best for them in the long run.

Think About It…

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

Who Am I

Minute Meditation
Topic: Who Am I?
Anyone with low self-esteem can sympathize with Moses. After 40 years in the desert Mosses faced his inadequacies and knew his limitations. When God sent Moses to Egypt, Moses drew back. ” Who am I that I should go?”

God’s response was to reveal His personal name “Yahweh” (I AM). The name, constructed on the Hebrew verb “to be,” means “The One who is always present.” Moses was weak, yes. But God was present!

We may actually be weak an inadequate. But in Christ, God is present with us, too. Always.

Time to take Action: Name your greatest weakness, then visualize God present with you!

If you do this right you should feel better!

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Minute Meditation : Thoughts of the Heart

Most people are troubled often by their thoughts. Through the great flood, God wiped out an entire society of people who acted out those evil thoughts.

These acts are described as “wickedness” and “violence” (6:5, 11) . The first word describes criminal acts that violate the rights of others and produce profit from their pain. The second word describes acts that intentionally damage others.

As Christians, we need to deal with our sinful thoughts before we are tempted to act them out. Nursing anger in our hearts , or rehashing hurts over and over again, is self destructive as well as wrong.

Action: when gripped by hostile thoughts , list things for which God had forgiven you .
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