We're wrapping up Week 1! Both are great reasons to celebrate, don't you think? Especially considering Section 1 of Anxious for Nothing is titled "Celebrate God's Goodness"!
I hope what we've learned this week is already positively impacting your life. I know I've loved the encouraging words Max Lucado shared in the first several chapters.
It's been a tough year for my family and me. So many difficult life situations have overwhelmed my once peaceful soul with anxiousness. I've lost countless hours of sleep worrying about things beyond my control. And then when the alarm goes off, I've yet to sleep and it's time to start my day.
Have you had nights where your anxious mind won't rest? If so, you know anxious and weary aren't good partners. It seems the wearier we become, the more anxious we are and vice versa. It's a vicious cycle that feels like it'll never cease. The enemy of our souls wants us to believe it won't ever end, that "anxious" is just who we are.
This is a LIE.
Like Max Lucado reminds us in Chapter 3 of Anxious for Nothing:
"Anxiety passes as trust increases."
God never intended for us to live in a constant state of anxiety. His will is for us to let His peace guard our hearts. Max Lucado gives a great visual of this in Chapter 4 of #AnxiousForNothing:
"God's sovereignty bids us to fight the onslaught of fret with the sword that is etched with the words but God."
God is the game-changer in this battle for peace. And when we find our hearts overwhelmed with worry, trusting God's faithfulness can replace our fear with faith.
The more time we spend meditating on God's goodness and Truth, the more we trust Him. The more we trust Him, the less we worry.
I'm ready to trust more and worry less. How about you?
Reflect & Respond:
Below is a scripture I like to personalize when I'm feeling anxious. Personalize this scripture (or one of your own) in your journal or notebook.
"The LORD is (Nichole's) light and (Nichole's) salvation — whom shall (Nichole) fear? The LORD is the stronghold of (Nichole's) life — of whom shall (Nichole) be afraid?" Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
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