Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Got worry?

When I first moved to LA, I had a nasty roommate situation that I worried about constantly. I couldn’t sleep at night, I had tummy trouble, and lost my appetite. I knew God did not want me to be living like that. Worry was not His plan for me, but worry I did. I would worry and worry and worry and make myself miserable. Finally, one day, I guess I got quiet enough to hear a still, small voice reminding me that perhaps I ought to pray, real specifically about my situation. And thankfully, God answered. I am now in a new apartment, with a new roommate, living in much more peace. Thank You, God!

I'd like to share two short passages from Scripture that have encouraged me when I’ve felt overwhelmed or anxious:

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. --Philippians 4:5-7

I love that God WANTS us to tell Him our requests. And I love the peace that He gives us in return, when we trust Him. It truly does transcend all understanding!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. --(The words of Jesus) Matthew 11:28-30

I’m so thankful that the God of all creation wants me to bring my weary, burdened heart to Him. Isn’t it amazing that the Supreme Being of the universe describes Himself as gentle and humble in heart? He is my Hiding Place, where I find rest for my weary soul.


Autumn's Mom said...

I used to have a lot of anxiety and panic attacks worrying about everything. Especially about raising my daughter. BUT I finally remembered, to let go and let GOD. Now when I get that twinge in my stomach...I pray. He is light and He is love. :) Thank you for this today. It was much needed.

Liz said...

Hi Tracy--Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. I happen to agree that Thomas is cute--but perhaps I am a little bit biased... ;-)

I really loved this post of yours. Such a beautiful and gentle reminder of God's promises and love.