What is most pressing and “panicky” in your life right now?
Whatever “that thing” or fear is, put God’s Word there instead. Not a band-aid of food, more media noise or driven exercise or projects.
Those don’t produce peace, but might lift endorphins for a while, and stimulate adrenaline! Why do we so often resist resting in God’s word and soaking in it’s warmth as a last result?
When we RE-place …(putting something away and then “put in” or use something different) … we replace worry with the truth of God’s love and power.
It is then that we can calm down a bit and trust that God will do as He says: “Keep us in perfect peace, when our mind is focused on Him.” (Isaiah 26:3a).
As I think and chew and remain determined to absorb God’s promises, the “panic faucet” slows down to a trickle and gratitude starts to bubble up and turns into peace, and then WOW!
Panic turns away and gradually is RE-placed by healing peace! Rest falls over my mind and my body and replaces churned up emotions and tensions.
I sure have begun to understand what Paul meant when he said, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” (Philippians 4:7a, NLT).
It’s really possible to experience God’s peace!
It happens when we learn to throw our cares on God and trust Him to handle them. That is when that thing called “faith” (aka: Trusting God) replaces fear.
Worry sees problems, (we sure do know this one!)…
…But faith sees the God who can handle the problems.
All the feels, the fears and the fights! ALL OF THEM!
God’s Word changes how we throw off our cares.
When we choose to unload them onto Him instead of into the air, we’ll find comfort and Peace in His promises.
Then maybe we can finally get a good night’s sleep, or not pace in frantic despair.
Let’s Get At This Right Now and Pray Together!
Here We Go!
thank You for watching over me at night.
Forgive me for the times I have worried.
Help me to be devoted to You and Your love, not my circumstances and fears.
Instead of tossing and turning at night and overthinking every little thing, stressing, and being in fear during the daytime, I want to remember to turn the pages of Scripture in my mind.
I WANT to rest in You. I CHOOSE Peace over Panic!
Heal me from stress and anxiety as I lean my heart up against your heart in safety, trust and relief.
I release all of this now into your hands…
…Wash me clean.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.