Be Anxious For Nothing

Be Anxious For Nothing

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:6-8.  It is hard not to be anxious, but it is a good measuring tool  to know the condition of my relationship with Christ.  If I am anxious, I cannot be trusting Him at the same time.  As I get older it is easier to let go of things and accept each day for whatever it brings. Letting my thoughts stay on what is true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely is the secret.  Controlling my thoughts and not letting them run wild with lies and anticipated worries that destroy my peace is hard sometimes, but the result is worth it. The peace of God that surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.

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In todays world it is hard to stay fixed on Him and trust Him with whatever happens.  I used to be afraid of the hurt and pain that bad circumstances would bring because I was afraid I could not handle it.  I discovered that I couldn’t unless I surrendered all my expectations of what I wanted and died to them.  That is when the peace came.  I had to let go and let God.  It wasn’t easy because I did not want to give up my rights to myself.  I wanted to think I had some control, but the reality was I didn’t.

Life has its good times and it has its bad and I ask God to help me be content in whatever circumstance He puts me in.  If I am trusting Him, I find peace. If I am not, I experience anxiety and that wears me out.  When my son and his family moved 800 miles away from me, I thought I was going to die inside.  I was depressed for 2 years and I did not know if my life would ever be the same. I did not want to accept them being so far away.  That was five years ago and I have survived. I see them often and with technology and the social media, we are in contact frequently.  My daughter-in-law and I did a sprint triathlon this last summer together and we just signed up to do it again this next summer.  I am so thankful that we have the means to stay in contact.  Fifty years ago it would have been the telephone or letters.  I am learning to be thankful in all things and God only wants what is best for me.  I have to trust Him no matter what the circumstances.

Be anxious for nothing sounds sweeter as the years go by.  God is good all the time, even when things are bad.

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Vickie Parker About Vickie Parker

My name is Vickie Parker and I am an Online Christian Marriage and Family Therapist. To read more of my blogs visit me at vickiemft.com or visit me on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Technology really does make it easier to stay in touch today, especially for big moves that could just devastate a relationship. Glad you’re able to keep in touch with your son and his family! What a blessing that is.

    This is a great reminder about focusing on God and letting the rest fall away. 🙂

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  2. I think about that, too, Vickie, first when my kids moved a hundred miles away, and now that they’re having babies. My Amish neighbors don’t use technology to keep up, yet I know they miss their families and have someone drive them “home” every couple of years.

    I tend to be pretty good at casting my anxiety, but even better at reeling it back in.

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