I know I have shared a post with you about “worry” before.
Maybe it’s because I worry too much.
Have I mentioned that I worry way too much?
I worry about future things. Things that haven’t even happened yet, and may never happen. Do you do that?
Well, whenever I read a devotional about worry…it really touches my heart.
Last Tuesday, on my 40th birthday, as I was sick in bed with a cold, I read a devotional from this book:
I received this book for free in my Relevant swag bag. They also gave us a children’s devotional book that coincides with it.
My boys love reading the same devotionals that Mom and Dad are reading, but it is on their level so they can understand it.
The devotionals are written from the perspective of Jesus, as if He is talking directly to us. And then it shares scripture to go with it.
Here is the devotional I read. I pray it gives you peace.
SIT QUIETLY WITH ME, letting all your fears and worries bubble up to the surface of your consciousness. There, in the Light of My Presence, the bubbles pop and disappear. However, some fears surface over and over again, especially fear of the future. You tend to project yourself mentally into the next day, week, month, year, decade; and you visualize yourself coping badly in those times. What you are seeing is a false image, because it doesn’t include Me. Those gloomy times that you imagine will not come to pass, since My Presence will be with you at all times.
When a future-oriented worry assails you, capture it and disarm it by suffusing the Light of My Presence into that mental image. Say to yourself, “Jesus will be with me then and there. With His help, I can cope!” Then, come home to the present moment, where you can enjoy Peace in My Presence.
— Luke 12:22-26 —
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
–Deuteronomy 31:6 — “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
–2 Corinthians 10:5– “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”