Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
John 14:27 (NIV)
My messages from God come unlimited by source, time, or predictability. I am aware lately that God is teaching me PATIENCE beyond my imagining, the freedom of DEPENDENCE, to BE STILL and to TRUST. (dedicated to my BFF~Happy Birthday! Love you, man)
In anticipation of a strategic planning session, I encouraged the members of one of my prayer circles to fast and pray as they felt led. Fasting takes many forms, and some with which I have recently become acquainted intrigue me because their effects have longer term consequences for me at least, than others. As a writer, I collect random bits of information, phrases, words from sister-friends who encourage and inspire me and then wonder bless God, at the marvelous ways they come together. I call it the beauty of the aerial view. Walking in subzero weather this morning (because I REALLY love my dog), several of my bits aligned in a way that I want to share for your encouragement, praying that you’ll join me. I’m undertaking a Worry Fast.
I am reading the bible in its entirety this year, and was listening to Job as I walked. If ever there is a lesson in Grace under pressure, it is the story of God’s servant Job. Even in the face of his misery, he asks, “…Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10 (NIV) Worry serves no purpose. Read again. WORRY SERVES NO PURPOSE. I cannot change my inclination to worry in a day, but I can take steps. I’m undertaking a Worry Fast.
Like any other person, I’ve managing (or failing to manage) a number of challenges at any given time that, if I let them, would easily overwhelm me. (I know, you are too, or, if not now, you find yourself between feeling overwhelmed by it all or grateful to God that you made it through. It means you’re human.) Worry can feel like the Irresistible Force Paradox...you know, "what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" Faith means you push through, but only as far as the Throne of Grace. If I wasn’t able to remember that on my own, I had this…
My sisterfriend and writer Dolly Lee posted this from an old journal, just in time to feed my soul…
from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, (11/19), but it seemed right for today:
"Leave outcomes up to Me. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me."
I’m undertaking a worry fast. When I felt worry and anxiety overwhelming me, I called it by its name and started praising God. I distracted my worried mind. I then promised it the ability to worry later, if necessary. I moved on. I’m feeling better.
This is my encouragement for you today. Fast from your worry…just from a little while. I promise you that if you confess it, acknowledge it, channel a little Job and read a little Sarah Young, you will feel better. Be encouraged. And one more thing...the so-called Irresistible Force Paradox? NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD. (Jeremiah 32:27)