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Leaving Your Concerns with God {Week 3}

November 20, 2017
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Hey! Can you believe it’s already Week 3 of our #AnxiousforNothing #P31OBS?

No matter where you're joining from, let’s spend some time practicing “Great Gratitude” this week, as Chapter 7 of Anxious for Nothing is titled. 

I don’t know about you, but when my circumstances are overwhelming, I can get caught up in the comparison game. I see my friends and followers on social media in what appears to be ideal life situations with homes, families and finances more perfect than my own. And if I’m not careful, discontentment can take root in my heart, causing me to focus more on what I don’t have, rather than what I do. 

But thankfully, there’s a solution to this problem of discontent. As Max Lucado shares in Chapter 7 of Anxious for Nothing

"Worry refuses to share the heart with gratitude. One heartfelt thank you will suck the oxygen out of worry's world. So say it often. Focus more on what you do have and less on what you don't."

That’s right, friend. When we spend time thanking God for all the amazing blessings He’s given us in life, our focus shifts from those anxiety-laden thoughts to His goodness and grace. When our joy is dependent upon our Jesus, we can be content in all circumstances.


Our Verse of the Week is Philippians 4:12b:
“I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.”

Contentment. This word makes me imagine myself snuggled in my chair with a hot beverage breathing a deep sigh of … contentedness.

Yes, please. 

Will you join me? 

Before we press play to go road trippin' with Melissa and Kendra again in today's video, let's grab a cup of hot chocolate (or tea, or coffee) and reflect on the fact that in Him, we have everything we need... 

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And one last thing before you go! Don't forget to check out the Week 3 section in both our Week at a Glance resource AND our Bible Study Companion. Sarah Travis is leading us deeper into what God's Word tells us about contentment!

WEEK AT A GLANCE

BIBLE STUDY COMPANION


Reflect and Respond:  

I mentioned above that social media can sometimes be a comparison trap that threatens to steal my joy. What comparison trap(s) do you struggle with? 

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