Give Thanks in Anxiety

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Habakkuk 3:17-19, Matthew 6:25-34, John 6:4-14, 1 Peter 5:6-7

My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is Mt. Rainier. In the summer, thousands of wildflowers carpet the hills with shades of purple and gold and crimson and blue. The air is filled with the scent of blossoms flourishing below the majestic crown of the mountain. This splendor is described in the verse we read today: “Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these” (Matthew 6:28–29).

But something inside us is wired to labor and spin. We worry about kids, marriages, health, world events, work, what we will prepare for dinner, and what we will wear. Though these things are good, somehow through comparison or pride, our perspective becomes distorted when we believe everything is under our control. And what about the Big Worries? The ones too difficult to even speak? How will we release our hold on those?

There is a silent satisfaction we take in accomplishing and doing instead of just being. But our laboring can turn into a vortex of do lists, worries, and fears of what may or may not happen. Our labors can turn from acts of love into a frenzy of spinning thoughts and endless worries.

Matthew encourages us as we observe the beauty of the wildflowers as an alternative to this labor. That can sound easy to say but harder to live out when our pattern each day is to grab each thought as it comes to ponder or worry over. But Matthew tells us to take on none of these thoughts. The writers of today’s passages instead guide us to do the opposite of our habitual response of worry: Matthew tells us of Jesus’s call to “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). Habakkuk tells us to “celebrate in the Lord.” Jesus says, “Have the people sit down” (John 6:10). Peter says, “Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God” (1Peter 5:6).

Seek first. Celebrate. Sit down. Humble yourself.

These deliberate actions turn us from spinning to slowing down. They ask us to give into moments of grace and gratitude, exchanging anxious thoughts for waves of peace—peace that soothes when we sit down to read His word, lightness we sense when celebrate the Lord through the melody of a worship song, and freedom we feel when we humble our hearts and let go of directing our own way by surrendering to His.

The cords of anxiety loosen as we turn from spinning our web of anxious thoughts to praising the God who made the heavens and the earth. As we praise, we observe our humble place before a mighty God.

Posturing into this place of humility does not lessen us. Instead, it exalts God as the mighty One who cares so much for His creation—about me, about you—to spin and clothe and adorn us and provide just what is needed, and more, when we seek Him first.

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  1. Ada McCloud says:

    I really needed this today. Amazing Father you know and provide.

  2. Janelle H says:


  3. Tara B says:

    Praise the Lord!

  4. Jordan Reid says:

    Praying for you Missy. I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life too for no apparent reason and recently started on medication to help but sometimes things get very hard so this was such a good reminder for me. I struggle with perfectionism as if it will mean I won’t be anxious but I’m realising that’s not the solution only Jesus is!

  5. Lolly Regan says:

    Seek first, celebrate, sit down, humble yourself.

  6. Haleigh Ford says:

    Love it when the Lord knows exactly what I need today <3

  7. odile Godlewski says:


  8. Patti Watson says:

    Seeking first His kingdom: Interesting how nothing in my day feels quite right until I have had my “quiet time”with the Lord, praying, and studying His word.

  9. Lakechia Smith says:

    “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7. I absolutely needed this. Thank you Heavenly Father.❤️

  10. Missy Csonka says:

    I love where it said “there is a silent satisfaction we take in accomplishing and doing instead of just being.” I have had anxiety my whole life but never knew what it was until well into my adult life. Well past 35 or so. I am 46 now and was always in fight mode…never flight when things got hectic inside my alcoholic ridden house (Dad abused alcohol until I was 15). It’s hard but I am clinging to His promises in His Word. I had always tried for perfection to please my chronically angry father all growing up since he would yell at the drop of a hat at everything. I never can relax even being saved over 31 yrs now. I hope that there is more for me to do for God before I go to glory. Always had to fend for myself because no one else does with the exception of The Lord. Can you pray for me and all this crap I have been towing ? Dad will be gone 12 yrs on 12/30/23 and I STILL try pleasing everyone but making myself miserable and everyone else around me as well. I have great intentions but get let down since my expectations are ridiculously high for all around me as much was expected of me. I need something to give. I am just exhausted. I need to find rest in Him my Lord. Thanks SRT Ladies! This study has been much needed. Will work at practicing all I have learned and been shown. ❤️

  11. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love this reminder today as I have felt very anxious. I just feel like I have been running around trying to take care of my family today, feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. I don’t need to control things, because God has it under his control. I pray that I Wild be able to surrender my day to him, for he cares for me. ❤️

  12. Chris says:

    It’s funny how God delivers what you need right when you need it. It just takes some slowing down and listening on our part. I have been riddled with anxiety all week. In these moments, I have been struggling not to take the reins and try to micro-manage a situation that is truly out of my control. It has been a practice of obedience as I hand over this burden to God. Much easier said than done. My heart understands fully that I must put my trust in God, but wow, my mind LOVES to go rogue! As I am sure you all have felt, I have these moments of solitude and confidence, where I have released control. But as the afternoon limps along, I can feel that fear and doubt creeping back in… Which is what led me here today. I don’t often frequent this page (but listen weekly to the SRT podcasts), but I felt a nudge to log on and see what Today’s Reading would reveal. It’s amazing when you think of all the ways God communicates to us when we pause our spinning brains to listen. Today, I seek. I celebrate that He brought me here. I sit down and pray for and with you all, and I am humbled by the gift that He never fails us.

  13. Samantha says:

    It struck me today that all Philip needed to do was to ask Jesus who was right there with him for help, but instead he tried to do come up with an answer himself. How many times do I not ask God to help me when He is right there walking with me waiting for me to just ask. He wants to meet my needs yet “you have not because you ask not. “ God help me to give my burdens over to You, looking to Your strength and not my own.

  14. Teresa Donley says:

    “Seek first. Celebrate. Sit down. Humble yourself.” I, too, need to make this my mantra. Notice that “worry about it” is not included in that list. I was also struck by “Celebrate” came right after Seek first.” Not at the end when everything has turned out just fine. We do that as humans, don’t we. When something turns out just as we asked, we celebrate the goodness of God. I need to remember that the celebration comes after seeking and before Gods provision. He wants me to have the faith that I’m able to celebrate BEFORE He has provided. That just makes me feel happy. I can know that God will provide, and have faith that He will do so, as soon as I seek “it” from Him.

    Thank you to Mercy and all the others who responded to my posting about fearing God’s wrath. You gave me new ways to consider God’s discipline, and enabled me to humbly thank Him for the times He brings to my attention that I should be doing , saying, thinking something other than I’m currently doing, saying, thinking. I am so blessed to have all my SRT sisters who provide such wisdom, insight and prayer to one another.

    I am praying for each request as I read them, since I am not able to remember each person at the end of reading for today. I’m praying for those who are seeking employment, those caring for small children, those with rebellious children those waiting for the blessing of a baby, those caring for sick spouses, and the family receiving the gift of a donated organ as well as the donor’s family. I pray that God will intervene in each situation, showing His love and His strength in our weakness.

  15. Teresa Donley says:

    HEIDI , I’m praying for your presentation to be a success and for a sense of calm and confidence to envelop you. I pray you will feel God’s presence as you prepare and as you give your presentation. I pray you will feel and hear the Holy Spirit giving you the words to say. I pray that you, and your audience will be blessed by the insights you discover through this presentation. You are wrapped in prayer by your SRT sisters.

  16. GramsieSue says:

    Well, this one certainly speaks to our situation…
    Yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    So many prayer warriors
    So many caring doctors and nurses
    And God is here in the midst of all of this.
    If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment!
    Hugs to my sister shes ❤️

  17. Heidi says:

    SHARON, JERSEY GIRL – I love it… that’s so awesome… I grew up watching my parents make the decision for my dad to leave a very financially supportive/high position job only for my mom of 3 littles to work as a dental assistant and put dad through full-time seminary. We had some very lean years when I was small, but I have no complaints. While I’m sure it happened, I have no stored memory of lacking in christmas gifts, birthday celebrations, fun times. We never went to bed without food or lived without a car. We didn’t have the largest house on the block or take vacations on the regular – but who cares? I had a lovely childhood and was blessed to actually SEE how God provided at even a young age :)

  18. Heidi says:

    You know… reading and thinking through that passage in Matthew, it hit me (and I’m NOT speaking for every human here…) that I don’t know that most of us really worry that God will provide NOTHING. I don’t think our distrust or worry comes from a place of honestly wondering if He will let us starve, go cold, be cast out with nothing. I *THINK* our distrust in these situations is more so that He will not provide the way I/WE WANT Him to… We don’t trust in the type/source of His provision and often that is because we have a loftier view of what we “deserve” and fail to look at our provision through the lens of pure gratitude. I think, for myself, THAT is where I need to start when in those moments of wonderin how provision will come. Not in expectation that I be “kept” the way I am used to, but in gratitude that He is faithful to His promise to provide and is only capable of providing in the most perfectly appropriate means possible. When I genuinely seek HIM first – and not His hand – I think that gratitude comes more naturally…

    I know I’ve said it before but I believe it’s worth repeating – gratitude, like forgiveness, is a tool God has given us for OUR benefit. When, in trials, I choose to stop and just start listing from big to small what blessings I have had/still have, it doesn’t take long before my heart is boldly reminded of all the times God has already been present – and it begs me to ask myself, why would He suddenly change His mind now? Again – I know the answers and provision are not always in the form that WE would choose… but that’s when we get honestly to ask, is He still good and faithful and worthy *even then*? I still struggle at times with that, but I know He is. He’s proven it throughout history and will continue proving it until the day we all see Him face to face.

    THANKS to you all who are praying… my presentation/teaching session for Acts 2:42-47 is tomorrow (probably around 3p or 4p eastern time, if I have the schedule right). Sunday and Monday as I was preparing the bulk of it, I just kept shaking, bursting into tears, overwhelmed by anxiety and fear and inadequacy. Yesterday was a bit better, today as well (thought just thinking about it, fear creeps in). I KNOW that this task is something God is wanting to grow me in and that in my future in ministry it will be something I am called on to do well for Him – and I know that is why the enemy is taunting me with everything possible to convince me I cannot do it. This is a skill set he does NOT want to see matured in me – so I am praying that the Holy Spirit blows the whole thing out of the water! Both for that foolish enemy to see, and honestly, for me to see too!! ;)

  19. Gayle Craik says:

    Perfect scripture as I am flying to Reno to meet with oncologist Forsythe to discuss natural treatment for the cancer %

  20. EJ says:

    “Our labors can turn from acts of love into a frenzy of spinning thoughts and endless worries.” Wow. This hit home especially after hosting Thanksgiving dinner last week with much stress and worry. I will be pondering on this for a while. “Seek first. Celebrate. Sit down. Humble yourself.”

  21. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    So much in these scriptures today – very needful reminders, especially during this Christmas season! I know it’s not coincidence that we’re having a devotional on giving thanks in anxiety.
    Stop. Breathe in. Breathe out. Look up. This is what I will be reminding myself over these next few weeks. Seek God first and do not worry about tomorrow – a great instruction but not always so easy to carry out. That is why it is good to reflect & remember all that God has done in our lives.

    As I think back over the years I can testify to time and time again when God provided what we needed just when we needed it. Three and a half years of bible college (for my husband) then 3 1/2 years of seminary all on a salary of just a little over $5/hour and yet we always had food on our table, we always had a roof over our head and always had a car to drive – and we always tithed, giving to God first. I am a true believer that we are to give to God first – even if we think we can’t – that He will provide all that we need, because we trust that He can and He will.

    It’s not the material things that I have trouble trusting for, its things like – my two adult sons who have walked away from the faith. I know in my heart God is working even when I can’t see it, but sometimes I just don’t believe it. I know I’m not alone in this – praying for @Aleida & @Kim Green and all other sisters here who have wayward children. We must not stop believing that God is able to do abundantly above all that we ask or think. Whether it’s our children being brought back to God, a job that is needed, a baby that is longed for, anxiety that you’re struggling with, health issues that you or your loved one is struggling with – God is able to deliver us. The Sovereign LORD is our strength – therefore, I will rejoice in the LORD and be joyful in God my Savior! (Habakkuk 3:18-19)

    @Heidi – praying all goes well for you tomorrow – God’s got this!
    @J.M. – my heart goes out to you. I will be praying that God allows you to have beautiful baby. I can’t imagine your disappointment every time it doesn’t happen. I have a dear friend I’m also praying for. She has had 4 miscarriages and one miracle baby. God sees your tears, he knows your longing – may He bless you with a little one soon. ❤️

    To all my SRT Sisters – you are loved, you are prayed for, even though I may not have mentioned you today, if you’ve given a request – it’s written in my book and I do pray for you! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

  22. Kris says:

    This is certainly the right time of year to be anxious. It’s winter where I am, which means higher heat bills, plowing costs, and of course Christmas presents to buy. Lots of activities you are expected to be at, everyone wants a donation of some sort for some worthy cause, our expectations for a happy holiday scream from the back of our minds….. it’s easy for me to feel “less than” when I look at my budget for buying gifts. Its easy for me to start down that spinning slope of self-pity. That desire in me to “do more” for my kids and grandkids often leaves me feeling ashamed because I can’t do more. So, that leads me to anxiously trying to find some way to show my love for people in creative ways, which then leads me to realize I’m not that creative. So, the spiral downward keeps going. BUT, when I focus on Jesus, when I turn my eyes away from all the commercialized holiday pressures, when I remind myself Who I belong to, I come to place of peace and contentment. Like Habakkuk says, it’s not about the material things we possess or how deep our pockets are, the salvation we all have received is worth so much more than any of the “stuff” we can possess on this earth. HIS work on the cross, the abundantly joyful life (John 10:10) we are given comes from knowing HIM and letting the Spirit do His work in us to show us true joy and value. I’m so thankful for Jesus and what He means to me, especially during this season.

  23. Cheryl Blow says:

    All of the scriptures listed have been the ones God has spoken to me through this year. God provides what we need when we need it. If seek Him first, praise Him first all He has done, sit in His presence and be still, and surrender everything to Him in humility, He is always there! He has never failed me and He

  24. Cee Gee says:

    SEARCHING – Rejoicing in this turn of events and praying for all as they move forward. I have been praying for the donor and family and all they will endure as well. Thank you for this update and may God be glorified!

    MacArthur NKJV study Bible on Biblegateway said, “Christians are to cast all of their discontent, discouragement, despair, and suffering on the Lord, and trust Him for knowing what He’s doing with their lives.” Macarthur broke dkwn 1 Peter 5:6-7 like this (my simplified recap):


    HUMILITY v. 6

    TRUST in GOD

    MacArthur noted that these are 3 “attitudes” that are “necessary for victorious Christian living”.

    GRETEL – one of my favorite songs!

    Praying for each SHE and the needs on each heart.

  25. Searching says:

    Update on friend’s daughter – praising that she’s been approved for procedure. please continue to pray for all involved, especially donor’s family.

  26. Jen B says:

    Jenny & Tamara – I am with you here as well. I was laid off last week and this is the second layoff I’ve experienced in a year. I need a job desperately but I know God has a plan and will provide. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  27. Maria B. says:

    I am catching this study on the last week because the study I chose during the Grace Weeks was very long and the jumped into Judges, which I just finished. Anyhow, so grateful to have decided to catch this last week because, not only did I miss the real-time community comments, but this is so timely, as I am going through some exploratory tests to try to determine where a pain in stomach is coming from. And today is a beautiful reminder that, even in anxiety, we should hold on to God. Especially during these times. I pray that we all continue to be in this spirit of gratitude as we go into the Advent season.

  28. Rhonda J. says:

    GM shes!

    My goal to memorize scripture at the beginning of this year- Psalm 55:22 was the first “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will not let the righteous be forsaken.”

    It is my favorite, and easily comes to mind when my chronic pain is at it’s worst, or when I get overwhelmed with a situation. There is a song called “Cast My Cares” by Finding Favor that I easily sing as a motto when I need it. @Gretel- We sing that song “Raise a Hallelujah” in jail at our weekly ministry! It peps them up! When I think of where they spend every night away from their family, it always makes my troubles seem insignificant. That’s why serving is so powerful, not only is it what we are called to do, and to help those we are serving, but it takes our cares off of ourselves! There are so many ways to serve and help, especially through the holidays.

    Have a wonderful day friends, and cast your cares on the Lord! For He is good, and in that knowing, your perspective will change.

  29. Mari V says:

    Seek first. Celebrate. Sit down. Humble yourself. These deliberate actions turn us from spinning to slowing down. WOW, spinning to slowing down. I remember, as most of us probably do as well, when we were all shelter in place. I don’t know about you, but it slowed me down, and you know, it wasn’t in such a bad thing even though we were all in the world crisis “together”. It slowed me down! I still need to remind myself, to slow down, sit down, celebrate, always seek HIM first while humbling myself knowing that My God, My Jesus has my back. Everything will be OK. He’s has “our” back. Happy Wednesday my sweet, sweet SRT She’s.

  30. J M says:

    I definitely find myself spinning so often these days. With trying to have a baby I stress about everything. The timing, why it isn’t happening, every symptom I have, is exercising a problem, not drinking caffeine, what I’m eating , what medicines I should avoid, and googling everything!!! I also stress about how we will pay for our fertility treatments. Then on top of that I worry if this means I’m taking things into my own hands by doing fertility treatments, and is this what God really wants me to do. I’m trying hard to let all that go and trust in his plan, but sometimes it’s so difficult!

    1. Leisa Larson says:

      Oh, J M. Trusting God in the unknown is so difficult, you are right! My heart breaks for you in your struggle and I will be in prayer for you. You can try to control this situation, but you can’t actually, because people don’t make babies, God does. And isn’t that amazing?! You can trust that whenever God gives you a child, it will be purely His gift. And it will be in the right way at the right time. I’m praying for you! You are loved!

  31. Jeanie Mclellan says:


  32. Michelle Patire says:

    “There is a silent satisfaction we take in accomplishing and doing instead of just being.”
    Author hitting us where it hurts today, lol. But how we all need this message, in some way. We walk by faith, yet so often we use our eyes to figure out how to provide and fix all our issues… instead of closing our eyes and seeking the One unseen.

    Do you know how many times God has brought me to this passage in Matthew 6 the past 2-3 years? I even had it memorized at one point, because of how often He had me reading it. And still, I keep coming back to it thinking, “Why am I still struggling to have faith in His provision? Why aren’t these words sinking in?” The cycle continues of faith and worry.

    God, we just can’t survive without You. How easily do we get swept up by the cares and worries around us. Help us, Lord, to be still and know You alone are God and provider. You alone make the grass grow. You alone keep this world turning. You alone sustain our breath. You are the center of all things, without You, nothing would exist- as Your word says. Forgive us for our failing to remember this every day and help us to surrender ourselves to You in loving trust of who You are. Unchanging and always there for us. You never leave. Thank you, Jesus.

    Here reading all your posts. ❤️ Thankful for you all.

  33. SAB says:

    I missed the last couple of days of reading, but todays was so timely! My husband is going out of town for work for a week, I’m home alone with four very little ones and I always feel so anxious and incapable. I’ve been doing this situation for almost four years, and the missing him and anxiety have only gotten slightly easier.

    I’m so thankful for this reading before I drop him off at the airport this morning.

    Thank you TAYLOR for sharing your lightbulb— I want to release that pride to Jesus! Come be All Sufficient, Our El Shaddai, above everything (even our own strength).

  34. Carol says:

    The devil’s m.o. is to distract us–and his weapons are doubt, worry and anxiety. O Lord, shield and protect us against his attacks, and bring us ever closer to You!

  35. Adrienne says:

    “Seek first. Celebrate. Sit down. Humble yourself.“Ouch! (But thanks, Vina!

    I have a poster in my bathroom at preschool by Mary Englebreit that paraphrases Matthew 6:54. I don’t feel like I am a worrier. (When my boys were little, and we decided I would stay home with them and live on one income, I was! As MUNCHKIN said… the math wasn’t mathing!) But I get caught in what Vina said, “There is a silent satisfaction we take in accomplishing and doing instead of just being.”

    Oh, Lord, help me and my sweet sisters just “be” today, no matter what we may be facing. Thank You.

  36. ClaireB says:

    Taylor, light bulb moment for me as well. Why did we never see this before. Now if I can just remember that when anxious.

  37. Allison Bentley says:

    Since we have been sharing such wonderful songs I encourage you to listen to Sparrows by Jason Gray- it always reminds me of who is in control! Happy Wednesday She’s!

    You can’t add a single day by worrying
    You’ll worry your life away
    Oh don’t worry your life away
    You can’t change a single thing by freaking out
    It’s just gonna close you in
    Oh don’t let the trouble win
    You may feel alone
    But you’re not on your own
    If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
    Not a field or flower escapes His notice
    Oh even the sparrow
    Knows He holds tomorrow
    Lean in and it’s hard to miss
    Everything can change
    When you make it His
    Oh He wants to carry it
    Carefree in the care of God
    When you let it go
    You’ll find that He’s enough
    Oh you never leave His love
    You don’t walk alone
    If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
    Not a field or flower escapes His notice
    Oh even the sparrow
    Knows He holds tomorrow
    There’s not a single star that’s out of place
    There’s nothing broken He can’t remake
    If you long for hope when you’re afraid
    Oh look at the sparrow
    Look at the sparrow
    If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
    Not a field or flower escapes His notice
    Oh even the sparrow
    Knows He holds tomorrow
    Even the sparrow knows
    He holds tomorrow

  38. ClaireB says:

    THIS should be my mantra! “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  39. Taylor says:

    A little lightbulb moment for me today: anxiety is rooted in pride. When we focus so much on ourselves, our strength, our means, etc. we worry and stress. When we shift our focus from “me” to God by praise, prayer, reading scripture, worship, etc. it can refocus our perspective that God is in control and He will provide.

    Thank you ladies for your comments that led me to this understanding! Praying against anxiety for each of us <3

  40. Mari Gomez says:

    God is bigger than any anxiety or worry.

  41. Erin L. says:

    I want to be humble. I want to let go of anxiety. I want to trust God has it all under control. I want His peace that surpasses understanding.

  42. Jenny Somers says:

    I’ve spent much of my time over the last month searching for a job, trusting that the Lord has a good plan for me, but still giving myself over to worry, impatience, and self doubt. He sees me. He knows. He sees all of us. Thank God.

    1. Tamara Goda says:

      Jenny, I am with you in this place. The Lord keeps showing me that He sees me, and He knows what is needed.

  43. Munchkin says:

    There have been so many times when the math wasn’t mathing. Where it looked on paper as if we wouldn’t have enough. Yet, the Lord provided. Not only did He provide for our needs, but also our wants to soothe our souls. As I look back at my life, I should be a statistic. I had undiagnosed depression for many years and as a teenager, I wanted to die so many times, but our loving Father, saved me. He held me back. He provided comfort. He knew that I would need my faith to get through the rough years, and He led me to him when I was thirteen years old. If you have members of your family with depression, there is hope.

  44. Gretel Miller says:

    My turn to post some lyrics because this topic is near and dear to my heart and this song just speaks to me. I have been in the deepest pit of depression and let me tell you that this is so hard to hold on to be He will bring us through it

    Raise a Hallelujah –
    I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm
    Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
    Up from the ashes hope will arise
    Death is defeated, the King is alive

    1. Kristy Gillfillan says:

      Yes and Amen

    2. Cheryl Blow says:


  45. Aimee D-R says:

    Lord I need You. Amen

  46. Searching says:

    Agreeing with KELLY (NEO) that the words in 1 Peter 5:6-7 are key (6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. NIV). So many things come to mind as I read these verses – thinking of how much emphasis is put on accomplishments and how difficult it is to be humble with the spotlight on what I’ve done or you’ve done, the tendency to humblebrag. Striving to fix things ourselves because although we trust God, we lack patience and decide He’s not working quickly enough for us or we aren’t convinced that He sees and is concerned about our day to day challenges & issues. The chorus that popped into my mind this morning, My God Can Do Anything. More than one song with this name, the one I grew up with is by Vep Ellis.

    CEE GEE – thank you for reminding us of our posture and closeness with the Lord, and to consider whether we are grieving our sin. ❤️

    TRACI GENDRON – praying for all grieving over Skye’s passing, especially Christina Marie, Van and you

    HEIDI – praying for peace and calm in your preparation and teaching tomorrow, and for Kin’s continued adjustment, her faith and choices. ❤️
    TINA ❤️ where’s today’s song? :) Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart with us, no apologies!
    ALEIDA – praying for Victor
    STEPHANIE BERLING – thank you for your testimony, I love God’s math!!
    MERCY ❤️
    LEXI B ❤️

    Continued prayer request for friend’s critically ill daughter as they pray for healing/mercy/grace and wait for information from medical team

  47. Taryn Barlow says:

    I wear a bracelet that says, “Your anxiety is lying to you” to remind me that planning is fine, obsessing is not. When I am anxious I am blind to all the good and the possible and the devil gets the upper hand. I never want that! Today is a good reminder that God knows all things and it’s in His hands

  48. Stephanie Berling says:

    We have a lot of medical bills piling up from how sick we have been this fall and now my daughter is scheduled for surgery. I got a call while I was at work about needing to pre-pay for the surgery and I carried that stress all day. When I got home and finally shared with my husband what I had been holding on to all day he smiled and said but God’s math is different. He explained that both of our paychecks are larger than normal this month and that we are getting a kick back from my husband’s wellness program at work. We will have enough. This has been something that has happened throughout our marriage. Our math says we are in trouble but God’s math comes in with unexpected extras.

    1. Megan Hadley says:

      I love this Stephanie, thank you for sharing it

  49. Ashley says:

    Thank you for your encouraging post, I’m going through a similar situation with my daughter and kept feeling that Holy Spirit nudge while I read to not lose hope. The pain is suffocating at times, but I must cling to my Father!

  50. Kelly (NEO) says:

    It struck me that what Peter wrote is a true key to many situations that bring me anxiety. It is in pride that I think that I need to fix a situation or finish a task in my own power. But if I humbly give over the situation to God not only in His care for me will He shelter me under His mighty right hand, but He will lift me up out of the situation in His timing.

    TRACI GENDRON – praying for Christina Marie and Van as they grieve the loss of Skye. May 5he Lord use you to minister His comfort to them.

    HEIDI – praying for you as you prepare for your presentation tomorrow. That you can model hiw to lean on God in stressful situations to your daughter.

  51. Deanna Rasch says:

    The pride that comes from “doing it myself.” I’ve struggled with balancing the pride that can rise from self-sufficiency with humility and rest. Such a good reminder today!

  52. Aleida Polanco says:

    This spoke to me at just the right moment. I’ve been texting with Victor, my son, and immediately I could feel that pressure of weight on my chest which signals me into panic mode. How I pray day and night for that boy. For the Lord to do a wonderful thing in his life. To wow him into submission and that he would discover the Lord in a very special way like never before. That he would change his worldview and thought process and surrender completely to Him. That I would trust in the Lord through this season of deep pain and suffering and not lose hope. Believe that He is working behind the scenes. But even now trust that….

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
    even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
    even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength!❤️

    1. Kim Green says:

      Oh my ! Aleida the scripture spoke the same way about my son to me. My son is spiraling out of control, disrespectful and angry. It’s hard to cast all anxiety. Let’s pray for the gift of peace that surpasses all understanding for each other.