Peace and Anxiety

2020 has been a challenging year. Our world has been turned upside down with Covid, quarantines, social distancing and mask orders, business closings and job losses, racism, riots, looting, slander, elections and recounts and doubt, and all the struggles and anxiousness that comes along with that. But God says we don’t need to be anxious. That we can still have peace. Whatever the circumstance, we have much to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what are the things you are thankful for?

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Anxiety and Worry

After the last series, I was not sure what to write about next.  I am still not sure where to go from here.  I need to be patient and listen to the Holy Spirit to guide me.  In the meantime, I have been struggling looking for work.  I was laid off the end of July and it has been frustrating, getting few calls.  There also has been a couple family issues to deal with.  So, this one is kind of reminding me that God is good and He provides.  He will take care of me and I don’t have to worry, because I can trust in Him for things to work out.  It is a time to remember that many in this world are struggling, a lot worse than I.  I have been very blessed, as most people are in this country and many of us take it for granted.  I have been to Haiti several times and each time I am reminded of this.  Though people are in poverty, sometimes in danger, they still can find joy.  I see it in their smiles, I see it in the love they have shown me.  This lady in the featured picture was always smiling and singing praises to God, though she lived in an impoverished, struggling country.  We can learn from people like her.  God doesn’t always give us everything we want or get us out of the storm, but He is always there to help us through it.  And I know there is more blessing ahead.  So, don’t worry. Continue reading “Anxiety and Worry”

Anxious for Nothing

How do you handle stress?  My workplace is about to close and it is the only place in town.  That means almost everyone in this community will be affected; families, businesses, churches, employers and employees,   After 15 years and not too far from retirement, we will have to sell our house, find a new job and move.  My Dad is getting old and beginning to struggle with his health and mind.  We are going to have to leave our friends behind and find a new church…once we find out where we will be living.  There was a time when I would have been devastated by this news, but I feel at peace.  Don’t get me wrong, I do feel stressed and some days more so than other days, but I also know God is in control; He has gotten me through tough situations before and I know that He will again.  I have heard before somewhere that God sometimes calms the storm we are in, but other times He just helps us through it.  I do not know what the future will bring, but we will be alright one way or another.  All I can do is pray and leave it in God’s hands, search for jobs, wait and listen for God’s voice.  We have our part to do; we can’t just sit back and expect God to hand us everything on a silver platter, but we can’t get wound up and stressed out or try to do everything on our own either.  That is something I need to keep reminding myself.  How do you handle stress? Continue reading “Anxious for Nothing”

I Can Do All Things…

Most people know Philippians 4:13.  But do we understand what it means?  Out of context, its meaning can be much different from what it was intended.  Just like any scripture, read at least the entire chapter.  Who is the author speaking to?  What is the theme and setting of the book?  Thanksgiving has just past.  It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have.  We should be grateful in good times and bad, because God has blessed us in so many ways, sometimes we don’t even realize it until later in life.  So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians, anyway? Continue reading “I Can Do All Things…”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”