One November morning I sat down at my computer and checked my email.
I read the morning news just before turning on FLN’s Gentle Praise channel to set the mood for the day in my home. I was deeply affected, totally discouraged, and were I someone prone to depression, my day would have been ruined.
My thought process was, “This is not good. Our nation is becoming more divisive, more angry, more hopeless. The future is bleak. I’m closing in on the gates to the Celestial City, but what about my loved ones who are journeying behind me? I am always concerned about their futures, Father; what about all of this mess they are going to be dealing with? I’m discouraged.”
I turned to my Heavenly Father. “What to do, Lord?”
He immediately spoke to my heart and the following is what I recorded in my daily journal, knowing that at the end of the day as I prayed over the entries in my journal for this day, I would be reminded again.
It is easy to worry – feel anxious – feel uncertain – feel hopeless… (I grabbed my Bible and turned to Philippians 4:6-7) – but God’s Word says, “BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING.” THAT IS PRETTY CLEAR – THAT INCLUDES NO WORRY – NO ANXIETY – NO UNCERTAINTY – NO HOPELESSNESS. How is this humanly possible? It isn’t. But if I obey my Father, He tells me, it IS possible through the power and the strength that He is waiting to give me.
“IN EVERYTHING” (concern about our nation, our leaders, the future of my loved ones and friends – concern about what will happen to me) – “IN EVERYTHING”
BY PRAYER 1. (enter His precious presence)
BY SUPPLICATION 2. (keep talking to my Father)
WITH THANKSGIVING 3. (express gratitude to my Father)
LET MY REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN 4. (pour out my heart to Him)
RESULT: 5. (His peace will guard my heart and my mind!)
That, my dear friends is a promise from the God of heaven and earth.
All of this is possible because of the completed work of Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son in our behalf.
Thank You Father for reminding me again… and again… and again.
Robin Cox is an avid learner who shares encouragement and life lessons from God’s Word. Robin has taught women’s Bible studies for years in the local church, special events, and professional businesswomen meetings. There’s not much that makes Robin happier than knowing a life has been changed by trusting in Jesus. The gift of hospitality and a love for people shines through her written words (and you should see her hand-crafted greeting cards!). Robin is delighted to find herself a contributor to The Savvy Rose. Make yourself at home, grab a cup of tea, and sit around the table for a bit.