Hello and happy Sunday! Hope you all are having a great day/weekend so far. Ours has been pretty low-key – just running errands and getting things done around the house. Last night we went and saw the new Superman movie, and I thought it was pretty good! I won’t say too much just in case you haven’t seen it yet, but the action was pretty intense, and overall I really enjoyed it. Go see it!
Apparently yesterday was by blog-anniversary [I had kinda forgot about it, but thankfully Facebook reminded me that this time last year I started by new blog…not really sure how Facebook knew that, but oh well]. So, a big thank you to everyone who has read my little blog at some time or another in the past year! I really appreciate your support, and I look forward to improving on what’s been started over the coming year. Thanks again:)
Also, happy father’s day to all the wonderful dad’s out there, including my own! I wish I could be home to celebrate with you today, but thank goodness for Skype:)
And, of course, Samson wishes James a happy father’s day as well…
Anyways, I wanted to share a scripture I read this morning from Philippians:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 6-7
I’ve probably talked about this scripture before, but for some reason it really resonated with me this morning. I wouldn’t say that I am an anxious person per say, but sometimes I worry a lot more than I should. I stress about the little things, and forget that ultimately God is in control, and those little things don’t really matter much when you gain some perspective and look at the big picture. For me, stress and worry get in the way of me accomplishing the things I know I have been called to do. Stressing and worrying about how things are going to work out causes me to lose confidence in the abilities that I have, rendering them useless. And when I reach that point, I find it difficult to really, truly accomplish anything. Which in turn, leads to discouragement and frustration. Know the feeling?
But, according to this scripture, we don’t have to be anxious about anything. In fact, being anxious or stressed really does nothing for us. It just hinders us from reaching our full potential in Christ. Instead of worrying, we need to pray, because when we bring our fears and anxieties before the Lord, he is able to protect us from them and guard our hearts and minds against them. And when our hearts and minds are guarded by Christ, we can step out in new confidence, knowing that no fear, worry, anxiety or stress will be able to stop us from fulfilling our true destinies. I don’t know about you, but that gives me a tremendous amount of hope and peace.
Is there something that you are struggling with today? Are worry, fear, anxiety and stress keeping you from reaching your full potential in Christ? Choose today to pray instead of worrying. Choose to let the Lord direct your steps instead of anxiety. Choose to overcome your fears, and truly become the person God has called you to be!