December 11, A Recipe for Stress Free Days

1Peter 5:6-7  ” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  (NIV)

Promise:  God promises to lift me up, care for me and take my problems as his own.

Why is it important to know this promise?

God’s character is revealed:  His Might, Sovereignty, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Accessibility, Care and Comfort.

Promise provides me with: assurance that He is in control of all circumstances that come into my life, God does not want me to be anxious or worried, God desires that I approach him with humility, ask him for help and then trust Him to take care of the situation.

I don’t know about you but my first reaction to a problem is often fret or worry. I have to say that I am getting better at this since writing and working though Fearless Living, but it is still a struggle.  Why is that?  My guess is that our independent spirit says ‘I can do this myself’ or “I want to be in control”. The first response God wants is for us to turn to him with an open and humble heart seeking his will and direction instead of worrying about things or people.  We can’t change the outcome by worry but God can!  Let your first response be prayer this holiday season as you run short of time, have way too many trips in traffic, puzzle over what to give or what to make, wait in long lines and perhaps need just that extra time to bake or wrap.  God is concerned about our lives and wants us to live stress free.  Seek him first with a humble heart and lay your concerns, even your schedule, before Him.  Spending those few minute in prayer will open up your day and lead you to glorify him with all you say and do!   Don’t be anxious, Be prayerful!

Blessings,

Linda

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