Jesus’ advice for worriers

Do you ever worry about anything?

I sure try not to use the word “worry” anymore, but switch it out with “concerned about” or something similar. But I think it is the same in my heart – my mouth may say concern, but my heart still says worry šŸ˜¦

Well, in my Bible reading today, I was readingĀ  in John chapter 14 and stumbled across some wonderful advice from non other than Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He lays out some wonderful counsel to His disciples for not worrying. He had just given them grave news that He was going away and they could not go with Him. They were awfully confused. They couldn’t understand what He meant, but were very distressed over it. So Jesus tells them,

John 14.1

My study Bible says that although the disciples had just been given disturbing news, Jesus had an antidote for a disturbed heart – to trust in God and trust in Christ.

We don’t know what next year looks like, tomorrow looks like, or even tonight looks like. But praise Jesus that the God we as Christian’s serve knows it all: past, present and future. We can guard our hearts from disturbing times around us by trusting in our God and Lord Jesus Christ.

What other bible verses have helped you overcome a worrisome or troubled heart? I would love to know so share in the comments below!

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All Things are from The Lord

I recently had a biopsy of a mole to see if it was cancerous (still waiting on the results, so I don’t know yet!) which brought up some things that The Lord has already taught me and is apparently still teaching me (am I slow or what??).

A good friend asked me if I was worried about the results. To my surprise I wasn’t. I realized that although the doctor told me she only gets about one benign result a day, her odds didn’t really matter for me. My God doesn’t operate out of regular medical statistics.

That’s not to say it couldn’t still be cancer – it may well be. And if it is, that, too, will be part of God’s plan for me. His plan to sanctify me – make me holy. set apart. more like Christ.

Everything – EVERYthing – that comes to me, or doesn’t come, is from The Lord. I remembered after talking with my friend that I have on several accounts thanked God for things that may seem bizarre to others: my fibromyalgia, the abnormal tests that indicated I could have cervical cancer (those came back confirmed normal, PTL!), and a myriad of other small difficulties in life.

And now I will thank Him for this week I have before learning the results of my biopsy. This week of remembering I am helpless and lean solely on Him for everything. This week of remember that whatever He does or doesn’t give is a gift to me to sanctify me.

As Philippians 1:6 says,

Phil 1.6 - Amplified

 

What has The Lord been teaching you? How have you seen Him sanctifying you, making you look more like Christ? Let me know in the comments below!

Memorization Aggravation

I know I am not the only person who struggles to memorize things. In grade school it was like torture. Not only did I not care about the silly things I was supposed to memorize (ya know, math times tables, how to spell and historical dates and names) but actually making them stick in my mind longer than 2 minutes was next to impossible.

Skip forward to the present. There is actually something I want to memorize, but have struggled with for 2 years. Scripture. I long to have God’s Word stored away in my heart for the Holy Spirit to recall in times of need. Despite my sincere desire to hide away these treasures in my heart, for 2 whole years I have proven my past track record of memorization to still be true. I started to think it just couldn’t be done.

When I first got married, my sweet husband gave me a scripture memory pack complete with a nifty little carrying case to hold the verses you are currently memorizing/reviewing. I dutifully have kept this in my purse. But I never remember to look at it. I memorized a couple of verses, but then forgot to review them. So, like the math times tables and historical dates and names, they slowly (and sometimes rapidly) slipped away from my memory.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was reading in Ezekiel and a verse really stood out to me. Ezekiel 17:24 says,

Wow! God is Lord – He can do anything including exalting low trees and drying up green trees! Making a dry tree flourish is not beyond Him! That dry tree could be a “dry” spiritual life, a “dry” physical ailment or a “dry” womb. God can make them all flourish! And God will perform what He has spoken. He is faithful.

When I read these words, I thought “I need to have these words stored up in my heart!” But with my 0-10 score for memorization, I knew it would not be easy.

(Here comes the good part of the post, if you have stuck with me all the way to here, thanks!)

I knew I would need God’s help so I immediately began praying. Without His help, I knew there would be no way to memorize this verse. But I asked that He would help me to store away this verse so that He could remind me of it in my time of need. And guess what? God is faithful. I have had this verse memorized for 2 weeks! And I have memorized 4-5 others (Okay, some of them were re-memorized as I had previously worked on them…) and God has been gracious to give me ample time (and reminders) to review them, too! Every time I work on my scripture memory I begin by praising and thanking God for His help.
Moral of the story? I can’t do anything on my own. But with God, all things are possible. Even memorization. Goodbye Memorization Aggravation.

 

 

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