“All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil, but he who has a glad heart has continual feast."
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How much do you have piled on your plate this moment?
Do you have something in your life that you could be worried about making you very anxious right now, this minute? Have you taken the reigns and veered back to reality? Most people live daily like this. If it isn't taking you down today, it will be tomorrow, or the next. That's not being negative it's just saying that life is real, and you never know what is going to come your way at any given moment. But we do know God, and we don't have to live in fear. He is with us, and He's on our side.
In my early years, I had several bad things happen to me. I got to the point I was wondering when the next curve ball would hit. Proverb 15:15 calls that "evil forebodings," which means you have this sense that you are waiting for the next disaster. I've learned to turn the tide so to speak. Instead of doing that, I expect something good to happen.
You can choose your own thoughts. You don't have to take whatever falls in your lap. You can cast out wrong things and choose right thoughts that add a positive twist. Faith starts in our hearts, and it's a gift from God. But it is only released thorough our thinking and speaking positive things. When we have a problem, we can either do what the devil wants us to do and worry about it, or get anxious. Then we can try to figure things out on our own. Or, we can do what God wants us to do in the beginning and think about his promises to take care of us.
The Bible teaches us to cast all our care on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
Throughout my life, as a single parent, every time something bad happens, I tell my children one thing, "Cast your cares." It's not wrong to see our problems, but I need to tell them where they stand in relation to God. Worry sees the problem, but faith sees the God who can handle the problem.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "not worry."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, teach me to pray and not worry. Remind me that you take care of me always."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.