by Cindi McMenamin @CindiMcMenamin
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
Is worry the unwelcome guest in your home?
Worry can stress you out, damage your family relationships, and ultimately give you an ulcer.
And the dangerous thing about worry is that it creeps into our lives gradually and makes its home with us before we notice it’s there. It usually enters our front door in the form of two words: What if?
What if I lose my job?
What if I can’t pay this?
What if it’s not benign?
What if my worst fear is realized?
But you don’t have to live with worry anymore. At the root of our “what if” questions and greatest fears is what you and I really believe about God’s character. When our minds play through the various what ifs, the question we are really asking is “What if God isn’t able?” “What if God isn’t good?” “What if God can’t handle this?”
And that is not an attitude, question, or mindset I want dwelling in my home. And I don’t think you do either.
So, it’s time to kick it out the door.
God’s Word tells us: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 CSB).
As you and I give God all of our what ifs and worries He can calm our hearts and remind us that He is in absolute control. Then His peace comes to dwell with us, instead of those fearful thoughts.
When you and I trust God with what is closest to our hearts, we are saying “You, God, are capable. You are trustworthy. And all my worries and what ifs are in vain.”
We are also saying to those around us: “I trust God will work this out in your life and mine,” modeling trust and faith before them.
Give God your concerns today and by doing so, you’ll be kicking worry out of your home and welcoming a new family member: trust.
Lord, my worry factor is directly related to how well I know You. When I truly know You and understand all that You are capable of, I can’t help but trust You. Grow my faith and my relationship with You so I can know You intimately. There is no more room for worry in my life. Only trust.
About the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 17 books. For more on her books and ministry, or to see if her coaching services can help you write your next book, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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