Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)

Pause

Pause, breathe, pray, thank, experience peace, and trust.

In the past I experienced the overwhelming anxiety that came from living, for a season, with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder. As a recovering worrier, these words bring such comfort to my soul.

I used to think worry was an emotion. Today it is crystal clear that worry is a behavior, and as with all behaviors God gives us a choice. We can continue a behavior that is unhealthy, or we can give it to Him to transform into His peace and serenity.

Letting Go

God so lovingly knows that the human mind slips into worry. Yet His Word soothes us, reminding us that our loving Father says, “Do not worry, I am here.”

Pause, breathe, pray, thank, experience peace, and trust.

The full power of this verse is letting go and letting God. For me, it is in the letting go that the clarity and discernment to take right action comes. When my mind is at peace and fully connected to the One who sees the bigger picture, to an all-knowing and all-loving God, answers arise that from my own human perspective I never would have seen. Through His peace He guided me to the right professionals who gave me freedom from the pain of the past.

Worry is a form of control that gives us something to do. Because God has given us free will, He allows us to continue forcing solutions, trying to figure things out, and running the endless tape of different scenarios over and over again in our minds. Yet when we bring the worried thoughts and place them in the hands of Jesus, there is profound peace. From this place of peace we are able to then take right action, if any is needed.

If you are ready to experience God’s serenity, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand:

Pause, breathe, pray, thank, experience peace, and trust. Let go and let God. He is here and he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more and you could ever imagine, experience, or envision (Ephesians 3:20).

May you and your loved ones, from the fullness of His grace, experience one blessing after another. (John 1:16)

Much love,

Debbie Milam
Gracelovewell.org

 

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