Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 4:4-7 (NIV)
I know what that is like. I have experienced plenty of that. You have experienced plenty of what? I have experienced plenty of anxiety and worry. One might say that I have been a gifted worrier. Is that a gift? No, it is not a gift. What have you worried about? You name it, I have worried about anything and everything. I have worried about real problems. I have worried about imaginary problems. I have worried about what would soon come my way. I have worried about what would almost certainly never end up happening. I’m sad to say that I have often allowed my life to be filled with anxiety and stress and worry. It is not fun. It is debilitating and defeating and discouraging and depressing. It has been very difficult to move forward with you when I have allowed myself to be overcome with worry. How so? Well, it is difficult to follow you to where you are leading me to do what you are asking me, if I am paralyzed with doubt and fear and anxiety and worry. There is no doubt about that. I know.
What would you like to do differently? How will you overcome doubt and fear and anxiety and worry so you can keep on moving forward with me? Those are good questions. Do you have any answers? Yes, I do. I will rely on you. I will draw near to you. I know you will draw near to me. Yes, I will. I am already very near to you. I am right alongside you. I am always ready to help you. With that in mind, I will bring my doubts and fears and worries and anxieties to you. With a joyful and thankful heart, I will turn all my doubts and fears and worries and anxieties into prayers to you. That will be very good. Why will you have a joyful and thankful heart? I will have a joyful and thankful heart because you are near to me and ready to help me. I am certain that you will hear and answer my prayers. You will fill me with your supernatural peace, even in the midst of worrisome situations. You will guard my heart and mind and life in Christ Jesus. You will keep me moving forward with you. Yes, I will, you can count on me. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father, I have been a worrier. I have allowed myself to be filled with anxiety. That is about to change. With a thankful heart, I will turn all my worries into prayers to you. Fill me with your supernatural peace. Guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus
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