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instead of worrying, pray.
For the past several weeks I have been thinking a lot about how worrying and rehearsing problems mentally and verbally reduces a person to a “neurotic mess”. In my own life and family relationships there have been many things of concern. And like most Christians, my response has been a mixture of worry and prayer. I feel that my mind and spirit is often pulled toward rehearsal of the trials, even in my sleep. And I have to take a step backward and choose to turn the problem over to the Lord.

This morning my daily reading in Psalms brought me up against the truth of a trustworthy God once again. In Psalm 55, The Message, I was reminded to “pile my troubles on God and let him carry my load.” Then, when I opened to my bookmark in the New Testament, there was the additional message, in Phillipians 4, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, PRAY.”

So today I am going to work on shaping my worries into prayers. I am going to consciously flip over the pressure of the worries into God’s hands and I trust that I will gradually experience his peace and wholeness in a deeper way.

it is incredible what can happen when we let Christ displace worry with peace!

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