Sermon on the Mount 2014: Day 12

Sparrows and kings

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Today's Text: Matthew 6:25-34

Text: Matthew 6:25-34

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
– Matthew 6:27

Sometimes I think I’m doing some sort of good by worrying. If I’ve got something rattling around in my head, at least there is some movement and action. But this is surely a false sense of productivity. Worry does nothing but exhaust us.

In this passage, I can almost hear Jesus speaking directly to me. I can see myself sitting in the crowd, trying hard to keep my mind on the sermon and off my to-do list and other life stresses.

(I am a homegrown stressball, born and bred. I come from a long line of people who think worrying is making a dent in the situation.)

Jesus asserts truth in three ways here—
1. He asserts truth through a command (telling us DO NOT worry),
2. He asserts it through logic about important and elementary things (Can you even add an HOUR to your life?),
3. And He appeals to natural law (the birds and the lilies, each totally taken care of and beautiful).

I can be tempted to think of myself as very important in this whole partnership between God and me. If I’m not seeing action on His part, it’s very likely my flesh will start striving and my spirit will become exhausted from the toiling. The lilies neither toil nor spin, they don’t overwork or show off, they don’t worry. Jesus points out to us that even the most beautiful parts of creation are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet, there is such great care.

How much more does He care for us? He created us in His very own image, He saw our sin and loved us so much He made a way for us to be with Him again. So, let’s seek this lasting thing, the thing that doesn’t burn away. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and trust Him to care for us as He’s already shown Himself good to do.

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  • 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

    Thank God He knows what we need. There are so many things that I think I need from God but He knows truly what I need and He provides it like he provides for the lilies and the sparrows.

  • Everytime I see this passage I can’t help but smile because it brings back so many memories of a trial i went through and how much this verse helped me!! I live in a tiny town, and long story short, I was having a hard time understanding how much I really meant to God. I really didn’t think I matter that much and I felt ignored by Him. Bitterness set in, and God seemed to show this passage over and over again until I finally broke down and got everything rearranged before it was too late as I had just finished high school and could have taken a bad turn. I think this passage about considering the lilies is the most special to me!

  • Jillian

    I’ve been losing God so much. I am still in school and I grew up for my elementary an middle school years in a wonderful Christian school. A few years ago I had to transfer to a public school for the first time and it’s so secular. I thought I was happy, and I believe I was, but I’m troubled now. It’s so hard to be the girl God wants me to be. Every day I think I’m living how I should. I come home, do my devotional, and realize how flawed I really am. And I don’t know where to start. I’m so overwhelmed. It’s not necessarily specific things, like “I lie, I cheat, etc” but more abstract, like just the way I think now. My entire mindset is different. At my old school I lived in an innocent bubble. Now I’m exposed to the real world and I feel corrupted by it’s perversion every day. Some people call this a dry spell in your relationship with God. I worry about this. I can’t discern whether this is God nudging me to change something, or whether it is Satan trying to confuse me. Because I’m very confused. Right now the only thing that is helping is confessing in the comments and pouring out my struggles to women of like mind. I’m no longer surrounded by like minded people anymore. Please keep me and anyone else struggling similarly in your prayers. Thank you and God bless!

    • Jacqueline Mace

      Jillian, I just want you to know that I hear you and I am committing to praying for you. I grew up in a “Christian school bubble” too and being in the secular world is HARD. I now work with high schoolers every day so I can only imagine the tough stuff you encounter every day with other students. but it is clear that you have a desire to follow God and that is not lost on Him. Today-I think God wants you to know that He loves you, no strings attached. No matter how you are feeling or what you believe. He will not quit you.

      • Jules Ivory

        Thank you so, so infinitely much. I busted out crying reading that—it’s incredible knowing a stranger cares so much for a fellow sister in God. And it’s only a portion of how much He cares. Thank you is all I can say–I needed to hear that.

  • Alexandria

    When I step back and focus on how I should not be anxious because I have God I feel peace! It’s the need to do this more frequently!

  • Relax!

  • I think about how much anxious thought goes into what to eat and what not to eat today because of the growing awareness on unhealthy products, chemicals -the craze for natural everything. And not that it’s bad to give attention to that, but even that should not become precedent over seeking his kingdom. It shouldn’t create worry and anxiousness in our hearts and yet I know that many days it does.

  • Kimberly

    So thankful our God understands us so well and addresses the issues that concern me daily. I will keep this verse before me today, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.

  • I worry way too much. This really helped me out today

  • I also tend to be a worrywart.

  • I’m still a kid, but I have a feeling that I’ll struggle with this when I get older.

  • Ellen Adams

    Well dang. This comes after a long day of stressing out at work. Convicting in all the good ways!

  • Jennifer

    I often fall into the trap of thinking that worrying somehow means that I’m in control. But these verses are a powerful reminder that God is the one in control. So I have no need to worry!

  • Let go and let God.

  • Ashley Echevarria

    This passage in scripture goes straight to the core of my being! It’s great to be reminded at times that worrying is so unnecessary.

  • I really like this study today , I’m constantly worrying about my future , my life, the next best thing but it is the right now that will get me there . I know that if I let hco tinge to to seek God everything will fall into place. Day by day with God will leave me with a awesome life ahead.

  • Jessica Cayuela

    I have this verse written on a plaque in my lounge because I can go through stages of worry overwhelming me. I’m a step mum to a beautiful 10 day year old & his dad & I have him every weekend. When he’s with us its so lovely, we read, pray & go to church together and I really see the joy of the Lord in him.
    The rest of his week he’s with his mum & at school. He has a hard time at school & his mum doesn’t encourage him in the Lord so come Friday when we pick him up again he’s such a different boy, so tense & closed.
    It’s’s so hard because I have absolutely zero control over his life when he’s not with us. I know God has really used this situation to teach me to trust him & not lean on my own understanding. I’m getting there!

  • Emily Cater

    This speaks to me so much this is something I really really struggle with. I worry so much about my future, my career, my loved ones, people liking me, etc. I come from a long line of worriers and it’s really hard for not to worry about the tiniest thing. But I have to daily put my trust in God to take care of my life and pray instead of worry.

  • This speaks to directly to me. I am a worrier to the extreme. My current worry is about our country and all the terrorism that is going on after the Paris attacks. Given this is a very scary situation but what is my worrying going to do? Absolutely nothing but drive me crazy. I know God will take care of his children and he gives peace that passes all understanding! So I pray that I can remember that God is with us and will protects us and that I need to talk to him in place of worrying!

  • This message is so needed right now!! I stress eat and am taking away hours of my life by doing so. Praise God for His timing and wisdom!!

  • I am prone to worry and this message was timely. I have been letting worries over a possible health issue overwhelm my thoughts of late. Clearly, God does not need my worry and anxieties to make things better. He makes things better because He is God and He loves me.

  • Absolutely needed this today. I’m on day 10 of a cycle of IVF, fighting the voice of the enemy who tries to discourage me. But the truth is that my Heavenly Father is a good good Father, and regardless of the outcome of this journey, He will make me like a tree planted by the streams of water, who will not wither in times of drought. God’s voice is clear – do not worry about tomorrow. Amen Lord – please give me the strength to obey today!

    • Brooke Martin

      I am praying for you this morning, Jess, that you have a peace that passes all understanding as you go through this journey of IVF. I pray that you draw nearer to the Lord and lay your worry at his feet.

  • So needed this today! My mind has been racing the past few days with things that are out of my realm to control. Meditating on this passage will be my mission this week. Thanks!

    • Maddox

      We were talking in youth group yesterday about overcoming struggles that we had from before we were Christians to after. I said that mine was struggling with control and by that I mean worry, I worry because I know that deep down I can’t control it but it used to be a lot worse. I think I’ve stopped growing in this area bc I keep telling myself that I’ve grown since I was a non Christian. I’ve been praying for peace and giving God control and I really felt God speaking to me today in this devo! Thank you God for always fulfilling your promises!

  • Bethany Timmons

    I feel sometimes I need this constant reminder. There are so many things I worry about from God pointing me towards going overseas over Christmas to my degree and am I really doing what God wants me to. I need to REST in the fact that God already has it covered and already knows how it is going to work out.

  • I start college tomorrow. I’m terrified. This was exactly what I needed today. Thank you Lord.

  • Ahlaischa

    This devotion and Scripture is just what I needed today! I’m 23 and struggling to finish my last semester of school and currently looking for work. I have hopes and dreams and it’s all too easy for me to get anxious and forget that God is sovereign and will work all things for my good & His glory!

  • Olivia Applegate

    I’m only 18, but I was just in a serious relationship to the boy I wanted to marry. he told me I was the one.. I just broke up with him because he cheated on me. I’ve never felt so broken and alone, and I can’t help but worry that I’ll never find a true man- and that even then, I won’t be able to trust him. I’m so hurt by the fact that he never apologized to me and has already gotten over me. I just really need prayers right now please

    • Nadja

      I’ll pray for you! May Jesus ease your pain. Lean on him to carry you through and lead you to the man you can trust!

    • Emily

      Dear sister,
      I was also in a relationship that thought would lead to marriage and like your situation it absolutely shattered me.
      God is redeemer. Do not forget that all the parts of your life are covered by the very blood of Christ. There is man out there who seeks the Lord first and will pursue you with honesty and integrity.
      I’ll be praying for you!

    • Hannah

      Ahh you sound like me 2 years ago! Dear girl, take this time to reflect on God’s goodness and His ultimate sacrifice for you. Fall in love with Jesus again. I promise you, this time will pass and God has glorious, good, good plans for you! He will give you the strength you need to heal. He is working in you!

  • I lost my first baby almost two months ago when I was 17 weeks pregnant. It totally devastated me. And now I’m thinking ahead and hoping and praying for another baby. It is so hard not to worry about and fear what could happen next- what if I can’t get pregnant again? What if I do get pregnant and lose another baby? I pray that God will give me peace and trust that He is good and his plan for me AND my children is good!

    • Kristi

      Laura-I can’t imagine what kind of pain that must have brought. ❤️ my hope for you would be that you are still able to grieve while turning that worry of the future into hope, a hope for the joy that Jesus promises you.

    • Libby

      I understand how you feel. I have a beautiful (almost 2 year old little boy). But last December I miscarried at 8 weeks. A couple months later we got pregnant again. I delivered my stillborn daughter at 21 weeks. I am now 5 weeks pregnant. I am very scared. I worry constantly that I’m going to outlive this baby as well. I am praying for God’s strength because on my own, I am no good. We can’t understand why we lose our children, but God is in control. He is much better at handling my life than I am anyway, so I choose to trust! Satan wants to see how much faith you put in your God! Show him that you love your God more than any circumstance; more than any tragedy; and more than any other opportunity to fall. We have to trust in His plan, and not worry. We are human, so we will fail, but we have someone cheering us on, and that thought alone is worth making me give my all! I will pray for you!

      • Maddox

        I will pray for you Libby, God has a plan, I don’t know what that is for you but worrying is not a part of it! I’ll pray for peace and your children for you, that you would experience God’s glory and find hope.

  • Worrying is such a problem for me. I wish it were as easy as choosing not to worry but I lean into God’s grace instead. I may not be able to fix myself but God’s grace is sufficient.

  • I’m such a striver! Lord forgive me.

  • I am a big worrier. I used to be laid back and almost carefree, or at least my mother thought I was. Now I am 23 and facing graduation from uni/Bible college, and facing the issue of what to do next. This passage is a constant encouragement to me, knowing that God cares for me, even in the smallest things that I find myself worrying about – what to eat or wear. I worry about how fast (or slow, sometimes) time is going, but worrying changes none of it. Thank you for reminding me of this and encouraging me to keep my eyes fixed on God and all these things will come to me ( or more accurately – all these things will pale in comparison). May God continue to bless you in this ministry, as you are a blessing to us all! :)

  • ImAWifeandMom

    I always feel verses 32-33 enhance this teaching on anxiety, “…and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God knows what we need. Our main job is to seek Him and His righteousness. When we are diligently doing this, we are less concerned with the things that make us anxious.

    • Phylicia

      This part totally stuck out to me today. He knows we need them, but we don’t have to worry. Amen!

  • Mrs. Daniels

    There’s a theme of treasuring the right things running through my life. Holding the created things of life loosely is difficult for me. Thankful for the reminder of my true treasure-The Creator.

  • Hannah Claire

    I am only 21. I worry constantly about who will be my husband, where my schooling is taking me, and if I’m going to be promoted through my job. I harbor so much anxiety about things I can’t even control. I pray continuously about my anxiety and try to leave it with God daily. Yesterday I began feeling some intense anxiety and went to bed with it weighing heavily on my heart and mind. This was exactly what I needed this morning to pick me right back up and remind me that I’m not even in control of the path my life takes and that God is the only one who makes my path straight and numbers my days!

    • Kortney

      Hannah, when your mind is anxious, do you ever try journaling? I write God letters. It always helps me work through the anxieties. I also was encouraged to take time and hand the pencil over to God. Basically, after you write him, give him the opportunity to respond. Write down everything that comes to mind. He often begins by telling me I’m precious, or he proud of me, or something like that. God is affectionate. He is gentle but will also be direct. His voice is not condemning. As you read back what you wrote down, I think you will be surprised at how it speaks to you! And if you are ever doubting if it was God’s voice, check it with the bible. If it is contrary to the bible, it is not God. Most of the time, if you take the time to listen, you will be amazed and how clearly he speaks to you!

      • Kristin

        This is so great Kortney! I often journal but I’ve never taken the time to write down what God says about me! Thank you thank you.

  • Yes praying for you too Annie! Never once have we ever walked alone. And thank God for Jesus who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Keep drawing near to the throne of grace with confidence. Jesus will! Heb. 4:14-16

  • Annie Ellise

    The past two days (really the past few months), I have struggled with friendships and relationships with those at my school. I have had girls give me looks, talk about me behind my back, and those who seemed to be my friends completely exclude me. I’ve struggled with the decision of whether or not to switch to a public school. I have spent the last two days trying to find answers. I’ve prayed and continued to ask God for an answer on whether or not I should switch schools and which school to go to, but I can’t seem to feel any peace in waiting. Thank you to my friend who introduced me to this app and thank you She Reads truth for today’s devotion! It was much needed for the worry and anxiety of having to go to school this morning.

    • Grace Thornton

      I pray you find comfort and I know how you feel! Feeling alone is the worse
      Sometimes. Just know that feeling of negativity is the devil trying to get to you. And he only goes after those that are so faithful to the Lord!

      I’m out of college and moved to a new place and I literally prayers for friendship for 5 months and the Lord answered my prayer once I needed Him more than companionship. I hope this helps! Love & peace to you!

      • Brittany

        This just it, isn’t it? I find myself seeking companionship when it is the Lord I should be seeking. And yet He has given me a glimpse of what it could be if I seek His face as diligently as I long for companionship. I can find my solace in HIM and my companionship in HIM! But until then He will not bring me what I think I need. Seek first the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEN all these things will be added. I need to let God be God and take care of me the way that He knows best. I know that my Father will give me good things. I just need to trust Him.

    • Julie

      Prayed for you Annie Ellise!
      I remember those high school days and how hard they were. Excluding friendships are the most painful. I pray that He continues to give you the peace about what to do and that you will follow His gentle leading in that. Keep encouraged in the word and write down these moments so you can see His faithfulness when you look back. I pray he comforts you in every detail like a hug!

    • Annie

      Hi Annie :) I was just wondering how every thing worked out. I hope you’re feeling better now :)

  • This is always a good reminder for all who suffer with worry and anxiety. Another resource that takes this deeper is a book called “Calm my Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow. I tell you it changed my life! A biblical perspective on anxiety and how to overcome it! Prayers for all who suffer find relief!

  • Hannah Ivy

    I struggle with pretty severe anxiety. This lesson was really good for me. I need to go back and look at this often (especially when I’m worried) and know what Jesus wants for me.

  • God works in such amazing ways. This week I have been struggling immensely with stress and worry. It’s been difficult, knowing I need to surrender my worries to Him, yet still feeling the temptation to worry. This morning at church, my pastor spoke about letting go of our stress. It is not of God, we must give it up. As I came to read this devo today, I had a feeling it would be on this topic.
    I surrender, God. May I rest in Your peace no matter what is going on. Thank you for this beautiful gift!

  • The portion of the reading that says, “If I’m not seeing action on His part, it’s very likely my flesh will start striving and my spirit will become exhausted from the toiling” spoke to me most. I feel that lately I reside in a place of crying out to the Lord for healing, answers, & to feel His guidance and yet, when I am not witnessing clear evidence of His work & change in my life I start to think/worry about things…simply, just carry my burden instead of continually laying it at His feet & praying for peace. I think that’s just it though…we must continually, CONSTANTLY, fight against our human flesh filled tendency to worry. I have an autoimmune disease related to my heart & one of my favorite verses since the onset of all of this has been, “My flesh & my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart & my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26. While my sinful human flesh makes me stray from the Lord & my heart doesn’t operate as it should…HE knows and is SO much stronger & more capable to take care of it all than I am. He has the power to physically heal, but more importantly Jesus came to heal our hearts. That puts it all in perspective for me. I wake up each day not understanding my circumstances, but He holds me in the palm of His hand…where there’s no need to worry, toil, strive, or struggle! Like the familiar hymn…”I am weak, but He is strong…..let it be, dear Lord, let it be

  • Recently the Lord spoke to me about this very issue and my life has changed because I now daily (hourly, sometimes more) hand over my anxiety to Him. It really was a matter of survival for me to finally surrender this to Him. I was physically ill from worry and anxiety. The other day, my dad called me in a panic about a recent virus going around in the news, so upset that my children may not be safe. I was able to speak words of encouragement and peace over the situation and not fear. My weapon? Prayer. Every time I feel that fear creep in, I stop and pray. Also, praying daily for my kids and husband on my drive to work has been huge for me. I always start out by saying, "Lord, I lay them at your feet. I know you have great plans for their life and I trust you." Be blessed Sisters!

  • Jennifer Taylor

    I just text my husband saying that I was worried about something just literally minutes after reading this, I had to kick myself and go back and read it again! The Lord Jesus himself is telling me not to worry yet here I am thinking I’m better yet again with a little time anxiously considering things

  • LauraPDX

    This is a scripture that I really struggle with. What about people in other countries who are starving or in war zones and DON’T have all their needs met? I’m sure that at least some of them pray to God and beg him to provide for their needs, but sometimes he doesn’t.
    This is a pretty big area of spiritual struggle for me. How am I supposed to just relax and trust God to take care of me, when there are so many people in the world who he doesn’t seem to be “taking care of”?

    • LauraPDX

      If anyone has any insight on this I would love to hear from you. I really want to be able to relax and not worry and trust God to care for me. But I just don’t see how, for the reasons I outlined above.

      • Liz

        Hi Laura, I agree with you in that it can be hard to just ‘sit back and relax’. I guess questions I ask myself to help me process are: “will my worrying change anything? Am I part of the solution? Am I open to God using me to be helpful to those who may not have all their needs met? ” I hope that this spurs on some deep pray & conversation between you and God and that he may relieve you of any guilt you have and instead provide maybe conviction..? Praying for you…

    • Angie

      When I think about our needs I know that God knows exactly what I need. I am not sure what this means for each person. God may provide comfort or for another food. If he doesn’t provide then maybe it is a part of a bigger picture. Maybe this is something he wants us to take care of or maybe if someone does starve to death they will go to heaven. This is a really hard question. It just might be something to wrestle with in prayer? I’m not sure if any of this helps!

  • I read today’s scripture out loud and found it held my full attention. This week I’ve been stressed by many things but one of the silliest is my style. My style has been shifting over the past two years and it has recently really bothered me and I’ve questioned whether it is a factor in how I’m treated by the opposite sex at my new school and by new possible friends. When you are a transfer kid you want to put your best foot forward and connect with friends and hopefully a boy but you worry everything you do will effect how they see you. This scripture is a powerful command in my life to not let anything worldy come before Christ.

  • Domonique

    The timing of this post was perfect!! I have been beyond stressed while preparing for a huge test and I found myself losing sight of why I am taking it in the first place. This reminded me that 1. There’s more to life than this test and that I should focus on glorifying His Kingdom first and 2. Leave the worrying behind in order to truly move forward! I asked God for guidance and literally read this post right after! :)

  • Every time I read these it is exactly what I need☺️

    • SheReadsTruth

      We love having you, Anna! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Melanie Murillo

    This passage has always been one of my favorites because I am queen of anxiety. It’s always been my reminder to let it all go.

  • “I can be tempted to think of myself as very important…” I loved being reminded that my works and worrying take away from Jesus’s beautiful work.

  • baileybussell

    Heavenly Father, may we not be of little faith but trust that you are before all things, and in you all things hold together. Give us today our daily bread and may that be enough.

    Give Audrey Assad’s song “Sparrow” a listen.

  • Marciebourne

    Oh man… These verses were spot on today. I have spent all day worrying about everything. Getting stressed and frustrated about the beautiful life God’s put me in. I felt bad about it, was praying about it, and then opened up this.

  • These are my life verses. I often struggle with anxiety about the future. This verse always seems to bring me back to God’s truth and promises. I got a sparrow with two Lilies tattooed on my shoulder as a constant reminder of this. I love this reminder that not only is God constant and a provider for us, but to the small things in our lives!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Such great life verses to refer back to! Thanks for joining us!!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • This is so good. I read it twice. I think it’s one of those messages thAt we need to hear over and over again to remind us what god wants for us. He doesn’t want us to worry, he doesn’t want are hearts to bear the weight, we aren’t meant to. God has a plan, he is in control. Even when we can’t see it, he is working everything out for our good. Romans 8:28

  • Perfect command for me tonight:)

  • Caroline

    Definitely a message I needed to hear right now. I started High school this past week, and I constantly find myself about worrying about my schedule, worrying about a class, and even worrying about next semester already! Its time to slow down, breathe, and remind myself that God is in control and has a perfect plan!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying for you, Caroline! We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Wow, sometimes God communicates with you in such a way that it literally makes you shiver because it fits exactly what your battling at that moment in time. Here lately I’ve been worrying about the things I want in life that I’m not looking at the blessings I have now. I have been dating a guy for a year now and I truly love him but I feel some pressure with it being time for the next step and if it doesn’t happen soon, it might not happen at all. Crazy right?!? My mind is jumbled with all this unknown stuff that I’m not able to enjoy the moments that are happening now.

    God has spoken to me today though and I know he is there. He is there tomorrow and always. He will provide. Worrying about the unknown is wasting so much! I have to believe in my heart that God’s already where he is taking me and his timing is better than my timing!

  • LStewart

    I so needed this right at this very moment!! I started teaching Kindergarten yesterday and I am just on the verge of tears, wondering if I can physically do this again another day. I am so drained! But God’s reminder to not worry is exactly what I need!!! It will get better and easier!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying for you, sweet sister! Be encouraged-you\’re doing a great thing!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Oh my so perfect. I DO tend to think of myself as so important in God and I’s relationship. So eye opening, so freeing ✌️

  • roatandebi

    Perfect timing. We are on furlough and the people who were going to help in our ministry and take care of house and pets just said they can’t. The details that need to be addressed are gigantic but He is bigger and thanks for the reminder that worrying isn’t going to add a thing. Trusting

  • J'Aimee Louis

    this came at the right time for a recent graduate that has been worrying about finding a new job in her field. :)

  • Somehow I think as a mom I sometimes feel more of a license or freedom to worry. As if all my concern and worried-momma-moments will somehow help my little one & family to be in a better place. But as I read this study it was oh so good to be reminded of the importance of holding ALL we are, and All we care for with open hands – trusting God’s provision & choosing to let go of worries so He can shine into the areas of our life we need Him most. Lord, thank you for this reminder that I don’t need to strive or worry, but that daily surrender is what you want to shine your love the brightest in my life & to those I love the most.

  • I am constantly stressed. Worrying should be my middle name. This is something that I have been struggling with my whole life. This devotional is the perfect reminder that nothing can come from worrying.

  • I’ve been worrying about a family matter for the past hour. I knew this “do not worry” devotion was here waiting for me. I know that God does not desire there to be strife in families. So why am I worrying? He will work out what isn’t of Him! He knows the best timing, the best method to regain harmony. He doesn’t need my worry or my “help.”

  • sweetdes2014

    Although I've fallen behind on this lesson and playing catch up, I have to comment because I'm an expert on worrying. I can keep the questions of how an I going to make this work or why is this happening , going for a while. But this weekend while attending a women's retreat, one of the speakers said many women declare they don't know how to meditate… Take your lesson from how you worry but this time give it to God. A light bulb went on in my head! I can do that. So every time I begin to go through my litany of questions I begin to think of God's awesomeness and how He is going to make all things well!!

  • I'm not prone to sharing, but this passage spoke to me in a new way this time. I have fallen a few days behind, so I'm trying to do two at a time until I catch up. This is annoying, but it helped me see this in a new light by reading it at the same time as the passage on storing our treasures in heaven. IF we store up our treasures on earth, we are setting ourselves up for situations of anxiety: worrying about how to obtain more money or possessions, protecting it, or what I should do with it. However, if I align my focus on Godly endeavors, I know my needs will be met far beyond what I expect and I will not have to worry about my future (be it days, months, or years away) because Christ will take care of it. I think it is cool how these two passages are intertwined with each other, when normally we read them separately. I'm getting ready to graduate with my PhD, so the passage about not being concerned with money and also not worrying is totally applicable to me right now!

    • Kitzeal

      Wow great insight! I love how God knits His word there! Thanks Laura!

  • This… this is me. I worry A LOT. It is kind of incredible that this was your devotion topic today, because that is exactly what I needed to hear. I just to let Jesus COMPLETELY takeover my life. I don't need to be worried about a single thing.

  • stinav96

    I know I'm a day behind commenting here, but yesterday's devotion sent me to my absolute favorite passage, one of the passages that meant the most to me during the greatest spiritual "schooling" I've ever received, Philippians 4:4-9. I'm sure it's familiar to most if not all of us, so of course, nestled in the middle of this passage is the command to "be anxious for nothing." But surrounding the command to not be anxious is the antidote for not being anxious! Rejoice always! Be gentle (don't have to prove yourself to others). Pray with thanksgiving and asking God for what you need. Think on what is true, honorable right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, praiseworthy. Follow the example of godly men and women. Don't just seek for the peace of God, but the God of peace.

    And I love the comment I was able to briefly read yesterday that this passage cannot be read apart from the passages around it. My treasure is in heaven, not here. If I don't have all the bells and whistles, I'm simply reminded of the heavenly treasure waiting for me, the one for which I am to be striving, namely, that of being in the presence of God Himself, where no need or desire will ever be felt again, save that need and desire for God Himself. Unable to save for retirement? God will either take me home or make sure my needs are met here on earth (hopefully through my children! Ha!). Ran out of food til the end of the week (I have friends for whom this is all too common), or money til the end of the year (this has happened to us!)? God has proven Himself to our family in so many ways, I know that at just the right time, some generous soul who has no idea of our need will step in and give just what God sees we need. So encouraged to remember God's hand in our lives and to be reminded of how He cares for our needs! Thank you, ladies!

  • This truly speaks to me. The Lord told me to move to a new city in a new I state I recently moved to 20 hours away from where I lived my whole life. I truly do not anyone here. But thankfully God has provided for me step by step. My friend's family is letting me live with them till I find an apartment. So it's just been a faith walk and I get anxious at times. I wonder: Lord what do you have for me here? When I am I to get my apartment? Where do you want me to work? How do you get to Walmart? (haha) Everything has been so new and sometimes very overwhelming because every face is a new face and every name is a new name. I am constantly using my GPS just to even get to the simplest of places. But I know God is faithful and I know He will provide where He guides, it just takes continual dependence and reliance on Him. If anyone is reading this, would you pray that God will provide for my physical needs (like a bed, an affordable apartment, a godly roommate, the job he wants me to work at, and possibly my acceptance into grad school). And also my emotional needs (community, friends, comfort, and growing familiarity with people or places.) I am so out of my comfort zone, but this is exactly where God wants me so I can grow in Him. So thankful for these devotions, I can't tell you how much they speak to me.
    Thank you for my prayers sisters in Christ! (I'm on my computer otherwise I would put the emoji with a kiss and a heart haha- just imagine :) )

  • loveHimso

    My natural response is to worry. I often worry about my future. One of my biggest fears is growing old alone. In the past, I would plan my future so then I could worry less because if I was on track then I didn't have to worry as much (so I thought). Being led by the Holy Spirit is a skill that I have to master. I can no longer plan my own life because when I committed my life to Him years ago, I gave up my life. It is no longer my own. Therefore why should I worry if He is leading me? The map of my life is already complete. There is nothing I have to do but walk in it. Nothing else but listen to His voice and be led. Now that's simple but why does it seem so hard to do?

  • Christle

    Okay. God is perfect in every way. I spent yesterday evening confessing my anxiousness and worry to the Lord and this wisdom comes flying into my mailbox this morning. God really knows how to deliver a message. It is so easy to take my eyes off of Christ and set them on my stress, but there is more peace in giving my all to Christ. I'm praying that I can keep these truths tucked away for when college starts back up in the fall!

  • Verses 26 and 28-30 remind me of this saying by Albert Camus: “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

    I look at my cat, laying here on the couch, remembering how we got him from the animal shelter. We prayed and prayed for a sweet cat, the cat that the Lord wanted for us, and that this cat would get along with our dog well. When we came to the discount day for buying cats at the local pet store that housed these kittens/cats from the shelter, he stuck out to my mom immediately. He was tired, groggy… but he let us hold him with no trouble, something the shelter people said he never did. We prayed over him, didn't put wool fleece before the Lord (as Gideon did in Judges 6:36-40), and took him home. He's an orange tabby, just as we had wanted and prayed for; and his name was Garland, which reminded me of one of my favorite verses, Proverbs 1:9: "Indeed, [your father and mother's teaching] are a garland of grace to your head And ornaments about your neck." We prayed, we gave it up to God, and He was faithful to give us a loving cat (who likes to play with and snuggle our dog!) it all happened so effortlessly, and now that I look upon the situation, it is a reminder of the Lord's complete faithfulness. This cat came from out of state, during a flood… He didn't pine or "try" to get out of the flood any more than what his instincts told him to do… and the Lord saved him, prepared him for us/us for him, and brought him into our lives. If the Lord can sustain and prepare a cat's life to intersect our family's as we pray for him, how can He not sustain us?!

    The Lord made me in His image. Yet, I read this devotional today after worrying much over food and clothing. As I was reading it, actually– the worry made it harder to read it and let the Lord speak to me through it. I've realized that worry has ripped away SO much joy, SO much blessing; it's killed my intimacy with Christ and made me completely unable to live for Him. This morning in devotionals, I found myself thinking on EVERYTHING but Christ– but when I just give it all over to Him, asking Him to lead that time COMPLETELY with FAITH that He is, He showed me that even if I feel I've failed or "wasted" my life/time, He is STILL there, til the very end, supplying me with all I need. This devotion just affirmed that in me. I worry a lot about what to wear, what to eat… what the Lord wants me to do, not wanting to dishonor or not listen to Him in any way… I realize that my asking the Lord to lead and guide these decisions is a beautiful thing to do, but when I go about it (anything) in a doubting, fearful, worrisome way, I'm just wasting time in a horrible spirit and missing out on what He has for me. I can feel his sadness and concern for me as I go about my day with such a worried heart… He has so much to give me, if only I'd be willing to let Him GIVE instead of trying so hard to GET. Jesus, change this in me. I can't do it without You. Let me be centered on Your face, Jesus.

    Bless all of you girls so abundantly the rest of this day. May the Lord keep you in perfect peace as you rest in Him. May He continue to create and form you into the person you were always meant to be in Him; may we continually let Him do His good work in us, not refusing to be the glorious, loved, redeemed children and images of God that we so beautifully are. Love you all.

    • CarrieLynne31

      It's funny how much harder it is to read something from scripture as we are going through it. We don't want to face the very thing we are guilty of doing. Worrying about things is such a big one for me too. And I love the story of your cat. Hope your weekend was wonderful! Blessings, Carrie

      • AnnaLee

        Thank you Carrie! I completely agree. These devotionals seem to always touch on something I'm going through that day– it's so refreshing and relieving. Beautiful. I've been praying for you and your family, that you'd keep trusting in Him during this time of stress and change! Praying that the Lord would give you all comfort, wisdom, and insight as you trust in Him– may He make your paths straight and your steps firm! Blessings, sweet sister! :)

  • DVineSpeaks

    I thank God for this reminder that as the Word says in 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon HIm; for he careth for you. Therefore, I need to learn how to TRUST God in every aspects of my life. I'm praying to truly follow every step that God places before me for my life. Looking forward to a stronger walk as I work to surrender all to God.

    Be Blessed my Sisters In Christ

  • The most important phrase in this passage (to me) is in v. 25, "For this reason," which automatically points us back to the preceding passage about wealth and where we store our treasure. If we truly store our treasure in heaven, the unnecessary worry and concern about life on this side of heaven will start to fade away. We can even face suffering and hardship with eyes fixed on eternity and come away stronger. Just can't read this passage without referring to the previous one…and can't isolate worry w/o considering the source of it=where is our treasure, our hope? Lord, help us to have eyes to see the eternal, to let the things of earth grow faintly dim as we store our treasures in heaven and place our hope in you.

    • cljcullen

      Yes, thank you for the reminder that we need to look at this small passage in the context of the whole sermon on the mount, and especially the section just before it! So true and so helpful! Our worry is definitely so very related to where our treasure is! My pastor likes to say that understanding this, though, doesn't cause the things of earth to grow 'dim…' it causes us to see them more CLEARLY….i.e. to understand more fully what they represent and what their purpose is. (Not disagreeing with you at all, just phrasing it another way that helped me to 'get' this concept and might help someone else, too.) These things of earth, some lovely and some difficult, are all meant to point us to HIM, not to be ends in and of themselves.

  • Really needed this message today. I'm trying to decide if I should take a new job. I don't want to worry about it. I want to be obedient and remember God's commandment "do not worry"!!

  • bayareamomma

    LOVE This. Getting ready to post Ruth to our FB church women's page and start studying together…. Thank you so much for doing this!!!

  • Carissa DeAnn

    This was a much needed word! I’ve been so worked up and worried over my impossible situations lately that The Lord finally just sat me down and said “who created you? Who created your purpose and plans for your life?!” All he has asked of me was to sit in his presence and in the right time it would all unfold.

    I like to think of Eve as she sat next to Adam waiting for him to be woken up. Her purpose right before her, I’m sure excited, but she couldn’t touch Him. God was doing a great work and woke Adam up. Or Ruth who just laid before Boaz feet waiting for him to wake up. Or Rahab waiting in the house for a war to start and be free. All these times of waiting for purpose to begin and all God asks of is is to delight in his presence. Seek him first. I don’t know about all of you but I sure would rather bask in God’s secret place than to sit about and worry while I wait.

    • Holly

      Amen! I’m right there with you, learning to wait and be still and trust that God knows what to do and when to do it. What a beautiful thing to be called to–sitting at his feet.
      Thank you for sharing! It’s always so encouraging to know there’s someone else in the waiting boat. Praying for grace and joy in your season of sitting at his feet! She has chosen the good portion :) Luke 10:42

  • He's telling us not to be anxious. And the medical community has seen what anxiety does to your body. The same with unforgiveness. These can both have detrimental affects on our health. I love that a lot of biblical teachings and commands are for our spiritual wellness AND our bodily wellness! He takes such good care of us.

  • Oh, Hayley, you hit me right between the eyes with "I am a homegrown stressball, born and bred. I come from a long line of people who think worrying is making a dent in the situation." This was my lesson of lessons. I live anxious about everything and feel so guilty because I know HE is in control. I pray to be less anxious about everything and lean on the Rock.

  • Elizabeth

    Same here – long line of worry warts right here!! I think I've taught my husband to worry more.. probably not good.. but he's helped teach me to chill out! Thankful that God puts people in our lives that help remind of that we truly were created in HIS image and that everything we could ever need and beyond that – He will provide. Because He knows best!

    It really resonated with me "the false sense of productivity!" That was powerful.. it's amazing how we can try to solve a whole situation and play it out in our minds and that situation may never, ever happen in our lives and now we're exhausted because we were trying to predict the future instead of leaning on our Savior and having faith built on Him not our own minds or abilities. Our ability to reason or make decisions is a gift from God – oh how we abuse that! I pray that today and over the weekend we truly can take a step back – breath in a long, deep breath and be grateful for our lives our health and that Our Lord works everything out to His glory and for our good.

    Blessings to you all ! Happy Saturday!

  • Stephanie Rawcliffe Photography

    How many times will you be praying and your "train of thought" derails? Before you know it you catch yourself running down your to-do list. As women, wives and mothers were are worries by earthly nature. I can worry myself to the point of anxiety or a panic attack. Yep, that bad. Through my journey with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) I have learned that it takes a conscious decision to put a stop the the high speed chase in my mind. Worries of this world will run ramped if you don't arm yourself with Scripture. It's like cops and robbers of the mind. Satan will continue to rob you of freedom if you don't pull out your weapon and fire back. Sometimes I even have to declare aloud "not today Satan! My God is bigger than you & He is in control of this moment." I'm praying for all of you ladies that Matthew 6:34 resonates as the armor against Satan's attempts.

    • yes, yes and yes!

    • AMEN, Stephanie!! I love that you declare that over your life! Although we cannot see Satan He is real and He is out to keep us wallowing in sin and worry, isn't he? I do believe we as women are prone to worry – but how precious is it to know that we're not alone and also that the Lord is with us! I tend to reflect a lot upon that fact that our time here is only temporary and one day we will be with our lord! Rev 21: 1-5 – I love the beautiful illustration of the wedding here in Revelation! I do love my life and am excited each day for what He has in store although sometimes things are scary and uncomfortable and try to remind myself that He is building His kingdom and we are a part of that NOW and one day we will be there to witness it all! Worry, gone! Anxiety, gone! Trying to predict the future and taking it all on our shoulders, gone! just FREEDOM!

    • Amen, sister!! :) Next time I worry I’m going arm myself with scripture & declare out loud, “My God is mighty & stronger than satan!” Thank you Stephanie for the encouragement.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Research has shown, worrying has the potential to shorten life. Sometimes it's so easy to allow fear of the unknown to grip our heart. When my son went away to the Navy it was so hard to stay in a place of trust. I kept reminding myself of a one of my favorite scriptures, Philippians 4:6
    "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." After we have prayed we must trust God and walk in a spirit of peace.

    Have a worry free Saturday:)

  • Lindar324

    Sometimes the old hymns are “the bestest”!

    Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to take him at his word;
    Just to rest upon his promise,
    Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

    [Refrain:]
    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
    How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    O for grace to trust him more!

  • cljcullen

    Worry is one of my greatest and most persistent sin struggles. I'm grateful that He is causing me to see more and more that my worry represents my rebellion and dissatisfaction with His sovereign control of my life. I also struggle to think rightly about this in separating worry from planning. Certainly I am called to be diligent, to exercise wisdom, to seek Godly counsel, to be prepared, to be a good steward. And yet "The heart of man plans his way but The Lord establishes his steps" (Psalm 16:9). What can look like being organized and a good manager of my household on the outside can represent worry and rebellion on the inside…..or can really reflect a heart holding its plans and desires with an open hand and surrendered to Him. I am so prone to look at the outside of a person–especially the outside of MYSELF!!–but The Lord looks at the heart.

    • Elly

      Thank you for your comment this morning. "…He is calling me to see more and more that *my worry represents my REBELLION and DISSATISFACTION with HIS SOVEREIGN CONTROL OF MY LIFE.*" Wow… So convicting…so good! I also appreciate how you brought up the separation of worry from planning- and how that relates to being diligent. …I'm a planner, but so often when I find myself "planning" I also find myself shaking….worrying. AND THEN when I don't plan, the worry just compounds. …definitely some things to chew on this morning. Thank you thank you!

    • Hesaved83

      Proverbs 16:9

  • Today's post was such a blessing and a reminder I needed as my husband continues to seek employment. God is in control and ladies I have never missed a meal and have never been without clothing. If it takes longer than we like for him to find a job, then I will welcome the rest for him, he works so hard and could use some time to just sit and enjoy time with God. I am at peace with whatever he brings our way and this lesson just reaffirms that. I think I will choose to stay out of that rocking chair of worry.

    • DVineSpeaks

      Shelia I've been out of work since 2011 and picked up a Independent Contractor job but my health failed me. I loss my car, my home,had surgery in March and need to have another one BUT as I look back through it all God is my Sustainer and if He's doing it for me He will do it for YOU. Lean on Him, Praise Him with reckless , abandonment (our praise confuses the enemy) God is Able

  • CarrieLynne31

    I've struggled with anxiety in the past. This is something I've been working on my life and I've been trying to give my worrying over to God. In the present, we are a family of 8 and my husband is making a BIG career change. It's tough because we are deciding between a higher paying job where he will be gone more or making less than we are now but having him home every night. There are other aspects to each job. We are trying not to worry about it but give it over to God. He will take care of us. He will provide. I do not need to worry. Blessings sisters, Carrie http://unspeakablejoymovement.blogspot.com/2014/0

  • Hayley – I couldn't relate to this more: "Sometimes I think I’m doing some sort of good by worrying. If I’ve got something rattling around in my head, at least there is some movement and action. But this is surely a false sense of productivity." I often want to make sure I'm doing my part – that God wouldn't view me as lazy – or sitting around doing noting. But, sometimes, I think that's where patience and active waiting comes in – where we actually have an opportunity to grow more dependent on God. How great is God! Lord, that I would be fully dependent on you and wholly trust you!

  • My dad tells me that my worry-wort trait comes from my great grandmother…lol. He says if I don't have anything TO worry about I'll worry that I'm not worrying…LOL. I have read and re-read these verses in Matthew so many times and yet still I fail at "LETTING GO, AND LETTING GOD!!!!"
    I am so foolish to think that my worrying can help or change anything if I could just let go and let the faith that I know and believe can hold my salvation eternal through Him, is just as strong of a faith to handle life's problems then I would probably lead a much more enjoyable and stress-free life! Lord, thank you for AGAIN reminding me you are in control of all things and my thoughts should be focused on YOU and you will keep me in perfect peace! Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
    Trust God today, HE IS ABLE!

    May you all be blessed this weekend and find God's peace in your heart!!

  • It is always amazing when I look back at a situation that I worried about or tried to control only to see my worrying, controlling effort actually accomplished nothing. God had it whole time! I am so thankful he is patient with me and never leaves my side.

  • Needed to hear this today. Probably need to be reminded of this most everyday!
    Beckey http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

    • CarrieLynne31

      Same here, Beckey! I need this reminder daily! Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings, Carrie

  • I’m reminded of Luke 22:42, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” This says it all!!

  • I hear you, Drasch. I struggle with trusting. I understand everything works out in God’s timing, but it’s the waiting that has we worrying. My grandmother tells me,” if you’re to worry, then don’t pray, because your pray is empty and God doesn’t respond!” BOY OH BOY, was she ever right. Sister can I develop a posture of not worrying and trusting?

  • I woke up this morning, before getting on my phone and before getting on this site to read the devotional, and this passage was on my heart. Then I started singing Consider the Lilies. A song I sang at my grandfather’s funeral. As someone who struggles every day with anxiety, I needed this. I knew this, but I needed to see it and be reminded. I’m exchanging my fear for His perfect peace.

    • CarrieLynne31

      "I'm exchanging my fear for His perfect peace."

      Erica, I love what you said! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Carrie

  • In the moments when I've been concerned I think on this scripture and Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ Not only am I more to God than the sparrows, but if I simply ask, He will tell me of the things I cast worry on. Our middle child is Autistic, one of the things we contend with is severe anxiety. We are teaching her to trust God, life, situations, it's not easy to convince her 9 year old mind that she can rely on us, to believe in our words when we confirm things to her. When she allows herself to do this, it's such a beautiful connection. It draws us closer and allows us to feel peace and excitement for her. I believe it's much like a toddler taking your hand at the top of the stairs for help down….he doesn't think or worry about it, he just does it. He knows he needs your help and he trusts. I imagine the Father is even that much more relieved and pleased when we put our worry aside and trust wholeheartedly in His care & keeping us. In what He has for us, we just need to reach for His hand at the top of the stairs!

    • Stephanie Rawcliffe Photography

      What a beautiful analogy about a child at the top of the stairs. So well put. Keeping you in my prayers that the Lord continue to work through your baby, solidifying that trust more and more each day.

  • Dude. DUUUUDE! You have no idea how much I need this. Today. Every day.

  • Steph_Lilac

    In the majority of situations I've ever worried about, the outcome has turned out in my favor. That is just who God is, chuckling because He has already seen how things are going to occur and we're wasting time fretting over it. Worry is meant to rob us of our faith and quite often it is successful. I have to make a conscious effort to not worry internally. It's fraudulent to be cool, calm, and collected on the outside but have a tornado of worry raging on the inside. I don't just want to look not worried but actually be not worried. Jamaicans have a saying "No worries". We say it so much that it's now cliche. I really want to have no worries so I'm falling completely back on Christ who takes care of nature so beautifully and longs to take care of me.

    • tina

      Steph….No worries from this day forth shall be our anthem when we feel a worry coming on….deal….?….we have a God who loves us so so much that He has our ALL covered…what's there to worry about….let's take the good and claim them….CLAIM THEM my sister….with love, always..x

    • Nicole

      Steph, I've been in the same place…worrying and stressing and confused. But then I FINALLY let go of it, and God shows up,true to His promises. Amazing to me that He still does, even with my repeat offenses.

  • I love little birds. I could watch them forever. They do often remind me of how The Lord has provided them with just what they need for a happy life. But…I have to admit that when it comes to the baby birds in my nest (now in their teens) I worry. Will they stay true to the faith they have been raised with, will they be ok in the world, where will they go to college, did I forget anything important, should I have..ugh. I so needed these verses today. It's time for me to rest in my Savior and it feels good. I can literally feel the weight lifting off my shoulders as I pray. Amen!

  • hodgepodgecook

    Verse 32 hit me like a brick wall this morning: "For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all."

    Something about God knowing I need all those things I'm worrying about (food, clothes, the future) took me by surprise and incited joy within me. Today I'm witnessing (and aiding as the coordinator) two people from my church get married. I don't need to worry about their future, or this afternoon, or even an hour from now. I can quietly prepare my heart in this morning quiet (because I got up wayyyy too early) and let God handle the rest.

    God, thank you for showing us your perfect character in such humble ways as the birds of the trees and the flowers in the fields. Thank you for the blessing that we can trust in you for everything because you already know exactly what we need. Bless this day for Matt and Amanda as they come before you with their vows. May their trust in you and future ministry be a fragrant aroma of sacrifice and a shining beacon to those attending that you are present in their lives yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

  • I worry a lot. I’m a thinker and a fixer at heart which equates to me dwelling on a problem until I come up with some sort of solution. As you can imagine it can be quite unproductive as there are many instances where there is nothing I can do or change. I often feel that God torments me in a sense by putting me into situations that I can’t control so that He can teach me to seek Him (instead of worrying, knowing that he will provide the solution) and to show me that He’s got it, He’s got me covered. Times like this when I reflect over jm life, my God, He has never let me down. NEVER. Things may not have gone according to my will but things have always worked out for my good. ALWAYS!

  • joanne sher

    Amen and amen. Worry is useless. God tells us not yo worry. God gives us no reason to worry. Yet we do it anyway. Lord, help me to trust You, and to remember that, by doing so, there is no reason to worry.

  • The thing that I felt the Lord tell me just days ago came to my mind. ..don’t do, just be. And that has brought me all the peace I need. This verse came to mind:
    Isa 30:15
    15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
    “In returning and rest you shall be saved;
    in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

    The verse continues by saying, do not be unwilling. This type of life, practicing being, is a change. I pray I will not be unwilling. Toiling and striving as if i have control and power to do so has only brought me to fits of emotional outbursts and worry…and the word is correct, of course, in asking: does this add a single hour to our lives? We already have so few. Life is already fleeting and short.

    I have plenty to toil and spin about. I just don’t want to do it anymore.

  • I’m thanking God right now – and thank you Hayley! – for this much needed exhortation. It’s so easy to get tied up with the worries in life that we don’t even have any control over, which is pretty muh everything. Currently, I’ve been worrying about passing my courses this semester and then being held back a year in my nursing program. But as I hit this lowest and toughest point in my post-post secondary (this is now my second career…feels a lot tougher than the first one!), God has been beautiful and faithfully bringing my mind and heart back to think of exactly these things – what is of eternal value? How can I, in this situation, store up treasures of eternal values? Perhaps I will stay back a year. Whose lives does God want to speak to in the extra year through me? How does He want to mold me into His image through this experience?

    John Piper once said, “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.” But though His glory is the greatest purpose in life, sometimes it’s tough to see that because it requires us to replace our own thoughts of what’s good with His.
    Another quote has come to mind: “[God] has called us not to be successful but to be faithful.” Mother Teresa

    The birds continuously fly and sing, and the lilies continue to bloom and grow all to display the beauty of God’s handiwork in their lives. This is exactly what God has called us to do. He calls us to be faithful and then to watch as HE is the one who gives us success (note: His definition of success isn’t necessarily ours!) Sisters, I pray fervently that God would help each of us cast our worries and cares to Him, and remain faithful testaments of His goodness so that our lives may point others to Him and bring Him glory!

    • Steph_Lilac

      AMEN!!!

    • Annette

      Amen from me too!

    • Gema Muniz

      Thank you for sharing this sister. Many times we question our lives because we are not where we planned we would be, but then God reminds us that his definition of success isn't necessary our defenition of success. Such a great reminder. God bless you.

  • This is my weakness and I see it forming in my own kids. Some of it genetic I believe (type A) and some of it sin. I'm mean let's call it what it is. If it's a command and I disobey I'm sinning. I hate this about myself. I admit as I turn things over to God I'm getting better at not taking it back. God gave us life to enjoy and to give him glory,not be in turmoil over things we can do nothing about. For some reason we as humans think God can't handle it…that we will do a better job. I just heard a message from Tony Evans…and he said something to this affect…that there is some part of us that really doesn't believe God can handle it. Even though he saved us we still question Him deep down. Because deep down we don't trust Him. Ouch!

    Side note: we live in the country. This past winter was very cold….were in TN. We have pastures full of cows behind our house. One morning my husband was staring out the window watching the cows. I asked what he was doing? He said he was thinking about the cows. How God gave them just enough fat to be warm in the cold and how they are breathing and they are just the right temp. that their moisture from breathing doesn't freeze on their mouths nor do their lungs freeze up. So then we were talking about these verses. :)

    Then this spring we had tons of nests with baby birds. We had a cardinal nest next to the house in a bush. We were watching it closely and noticed the babies kept falling out of the nest. My husband lives any animal and kept putting them back in the nest. They could jump but not fly. We found them in the middle of the yard and in the driveway. He would get swooped by the daddy bird but kept shooing the babies to safety. Once again these verses came up. God would take care of those baby birds and didn't need my husbands help. I told him that too. He said I know but what if the dog gets them or….he said your right. Then I really thought about it. Wow! Even those baby birds are important to the Creator.

    I am a special creation made in His image….so I think I have a step above those birds. He died for me not them. But he uses these animals to remind me that he has it all under control. He doesn't need me to show Himself through my walk. Just like the animals show Himself through just being. What a weight lifted when you think about it!

    Satan wants you bound up in your worry…there is no freedom! He is here to steal our joy. Mine is stolen when I worry…so I choose to trust in Him and I will have victory because he lives! Because He has it all figured out so I can live and be free!

    • drasch

      We're sharing a boat on this one. :)

      I'm a worrier and seeing it in my kids makes me adamant about changing this trait. I once remember reading Psalm 55:22 and having the pastor compare the scripture to a football game. The QB has to let go of the ball for the receiver to catch it. If he fakes it, then he still has it. Like us, we can pray about our circumstances, asking God for His help and trusting Him to sustain us. But them we start worrying again… We haven't let go of our burdens; We've "faked" it.

      For people like me, I have to let it go over… And over… And over again. Trust is really difficult for me.

    • tina

      Satan is a Liar….full STOP…….Praise God that you choose to trust in the Lord, who truly does have the victory over ALL… God bless you Valerie…x

    • Shelia

      I loved your comments this morning. Thanks for sharing your analogies

    • CarrieLynne31

      Valarie, I love what you shared about the cows and baby birds. We can learn so much from God's amazing creation. Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings, Carrie

    • AnnaLee

      Yes! Amen drasch and Valarie! Tina has an amazing point too, one that we MUST remember if we want to trust the Lord… satan is a LIAR and He wants to STEAL away our joy. When Jesus cried out His last, He said IT IS FINISHED! All toiling, pining, and trying is FINISHED!! All there is is to ABIDE, to rest our minds upon HIM and TRUST that He loves us! If He MADE us, how then can we doubt that He knows how to not only sustain us, but to BLESS us abundantly with everything we truly need– even things we don't recognize or realize we need?! Lord, forgive me for this worry! Let us look upon your beautiful creation, your beautiful blessings ALL around us, and rest assured that You know what You're doing in our lives, ALWAYS. Love you, sisters. Praying big blessings over you and your children, your families… may the Lord show you just how sovereign and worthy of your complete trust He is, and may He continue to work in you and your kids with complete trust! It's something all of us are constantly learning. Draw us deeper, nearer, Lord. We need You. Have blessed days. xo

  • Good morning everyone.

    Im so guilty of worrying most of the times..I just think its my duty to take some things into my hands which aren't the safest, which is why I worry. If we would just relax and allow the One in control to do His work we would be so much at peace. All we need to do is rest assure in His hands and allow Him to what He does best because we cannot do it like He does.

    Worry is a waste of time, steals you joy and happiness. There is a thought that says, worrying is like a rocking chair, gives you something to do, but gets you no where. Which is very true.

    Let us worry less today and focus on God, seek Him first and all we need will be supplied according to His riches in glory.

    Blessdd weekend ladies.
    Let

    • tina

      Kimone, ..I love your line…worry is a waste if time…steals your joy and happiness…..worry sure is a thief of all things good….well said kimone…God bless..x

      • CarrieLynne31

        What a great saying to remember! I'll have to jot that one down in my journal! Blessings, Carrie

  • How sweet is it to wake up, fix a good cup of coffee and let my precious Jesus’ words pour over me???
    I was reading from The Message. Roughly it says “relax, don’t be so preoccupied with “getting” that you miss out on God’s GIVING”
    I’m guilty of worrying about getting my to do list done, a new work outfit, a new journal, more groceries, always more groceries. I’m so anxious about getting that I barely pay attention to all that I’ve been given! God’s grace, mercy, love, salvation, forgiveness, etc!
    Lord, I pray I quit worrying so much and start trusting more! Amen

    • Valarie

      Ok I went to hit like and accidentally hit unlike….see I'm that person..if it could happen..it'll happen to me! Lol that's why I worry…because things happen out of my control. Yet I try to control the uncontrollable. I miss out on Gods giving. I just loved that! Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend!

      • Onfaith

        My gosh! I just did the same thing. Apparently using my thumbs to click isn't such a good idea. So sorry!

    • tina

      Libby, I love the message version…I didn't check it today. Thank you for this…x

    • Shelia

      You took the words right out of my mouth this morning. Amen to your comment.

    • AnnaLee

      The Message always hits me like a ton of bricks, especially when a passage is hard to understand. It's such a blessed version, and I love it so much. "Relax, don't be so preoccupied with 'getting' that you miss out on God's 'GIVING.'" Sometimes I don't believe or completely forget that the Lord wants to GIVE me things! Even when He does and it's obvious that He's blessing me with something or someone, I immediately start to WORRY, especially when it comes to people/new friendships– I've become so afraid of making a "wrong move" after the past I've had that even after the Lord has relayed His promises to me of new relationships a million times, and completely blessed me as I see it in action, I find myself driving home praying out of worry. He's GIVING me people, blessings… I need to stop focusing on GETTING them/ "GETTING it right"… thank you for this insight, it's so very needed today. Bless you as you continue on in your day!

  • I am so guilty of worrying. As i have gotten older and now that I have 3 kids my mind will wonder to stuff that I can't even control. I can't control it at all and worrying only make it worse and causes me to get upset. I don't know why I have began to do this but I do know that when it happens I do my best to lift my eyes to the Lord and pray for comfort and peace. Something that don't come so easily lately.

    My dad will be getting Ordained as a Minister this afternoon. Please if you have a minute pray for him he's very nervous but he is taking that next step for the Lord. Have a wonderful and blessed Saturday SRT friends. Much love and prayers for you all.

    • Steph_Lilac

      I pray that God would calm Dad's heart and mind with the peace that passes all understanding. May he be surrounded by angelic protection as he answers the call of Christ. His obedience will unlock many blessings in the name of Jesus. Amen.

    • tina

      Dear Jen…if I may be so bold…..worry is a thief of all things good, it can change a whole great situation by the mention of it…Keep lifting your eyes to the Lord…He promises in psalm 91:14 I will save those who love me….and protect those who acknowledge me as Lord…..When they call to me, I will answer, I will rescue and honour them….praying that you will worry less and see the blessing the Lord wants to give you…God bless you Jen…x

      • jenig23

        Thank you Tina for these kind words of encouragement. God is so good and we can trust in his promises, but some times we need reminded of those… Bless you sister. Much love. :)

    • AnnaLee

      Beautiful Jen, I've prayed for you and your dad today. May the Lord strengthen both of your hands to do the work He's called you to do! One of my favorite bible verses always centers me on His face: "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." –Isaiah 26:3. It always comes back to trust. May you see just how vast and sovereign the Lord is in all His glory today, and may He make Himself so known to you that you can't help but trust fully in Him for all peace and comfort. Love you, friend. Be so blessed today. :)

  • ……..He saw our sin, yet He loved us so much He made a way for us to be with Him again. So, let’s seek this lasting thing, the thing that doesn’t burn away. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and trust Him to care for us as He’s already shown Himself good to do…..AMEN….

    Lord help me to go deepest deep into your presence…and not to worry, fret or hold back, as this does nothing good to the life you have for me….You are God…You are good….withholding nothing from me, …..let me also THEN, withhold nothing from you….give my all….my ALL…Lord…
    As I write I hear William McDowell singing withholding nothing….'I surrender ALL to you, everything I give to you….withholding nothing….I give myself away, so you can use me…..' my prayer and anthem for today Lord… I surrendered all…. Amen…and thank you Lord God…for everything…..everything…

    God bless your Saturday, Sisters….with much love, much joy, much peace and much much laughter….Be truly Blessed…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful…as always. ♥

    • Steph_Lilac

      Tina!!! That song encompasses my heart too!! " All I want is you, all I want is you." No worrying, no stress, no fear just Him. May our entire beings be so consumed with His presence that worry has no where to slip in. Have a blessed weekend Sis! xoxox

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Steph, Candace and Tina! Praying that prayer along with you, Steph. May the Lord fill us to so overflowing with His spirit that there's no room for anything of darkness, that it all gets washed away… my songs for today: Lift by Audio Adrenaline http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pabu963JTW0 and I Surrender by Hillsong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcnfT4arZtI. Lord, let these songs and their lyrics move us all today as we meditate on what it means to trust you in EVERYTHING. Blessings sisters. Have beautiful days.

  • Feshia Wilson

    By worring we can’t add not one hour to our lives, worry can cause us to lose hope.God has said that the battle is his and not ours, life situations cause us to lose focus, we must put our trust in God and lean and depend upon him for He knows what’s best. We are called to walk this journey 1 day at a time, trusting God completely for he sees all and knows all. Let’s walk in His holy presence, for he cares for us and died on the cross for our sins. I will trust in the Lord.

    • tina

      Well said Feshia….Amen…trusting the Lord with you….x

    • ButterflyBre

      Amen.HE loves us,HE cares for us, and He knows what HE is doing. I say this aloud whenever I catch myself worrying or fretting.

    • AnnaLee

      Amen Bre! I do the same thing as well. Lord, let me learn to lean upon You as I walk through today! Amen. Blessings.

  • Ashley FK

    This was exactly what I needed to be reminded of. My life is so riddled with worry and anxiety all of the time and I forgot to take a second and remember that God has it all under control. Thank you for yet another great read!

    • tina

      Ashley, God does so so truly does have ALL in hand….the outcome of our worrying is that we lose out on things that we could have enjoyed, things that might have blessed us, things our Father had planned for us…..Will pray that you worry less and that you WILL see the Lord at work through mot worrying..big hug and love to you….x

      • AnnaLee

        "Ashley, God does so so truly does have ALL in hand….the outcome of our worrying is that we lose out on things that we could have enjoyed, things that might have blessed us, things our Father had planned for us…" Wow. Thank you for these words, Tina. I've not trusted the Lord in so many things– primarily food and clothing!– and I've let doubt creep in. How many times have I lost out on things I could've simply enjoyed, could've simply been blessed with, if I would've only had faith that the Lord had it in His heart to bless me with them? So convicting. Lord, forgive me for doubting the things you want to bless me with! Let me have the full faith and assuredness that you DO have it ALL under control, and not only that, but that you do want to BLESS me with it! I pray that for all of us. Praise You, Jesus. Lifting you up in prayer today, Ashley, and praying that you'd find true rest and peace in His face as you continue to meditate on this passage. Be so blessed, so comforted, sister. Love you. Blessings, Tina! Praise God for you! Love you both, girls!

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