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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1 NIV
Our thoughts can drift everywhere if we let them.
When we focus our thoughts onJesus, our lives make more sense.
We can trust Him.
When we spend time with other believers of Jesus, we can listen to each other and offer support and prayers. We all need prayers.
The Lord has asked us to share our faith with others. He helps us to transform our thoughts so that we are not afraid to share how much we love Him. Amen.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 NIV
When we turn every aspect of our lives over to Jesus, we won’t be sorry. A little bit of faith goes a long way.
Jesus gave us salvation for free. It was free for us, yet He paid a great cost. It makes us wonder why some people might want to return a free gift. Is that gift really no use to them or are they not able to see the great value in it? They have little faith because they can only see their limitations instead of God’s infinite possibilities.
The Lord can direct us how to respond. Although we may want to react right away, the best thing is to pause and ask our best business partner, Jesus, for His advice. If we listen to His divine wisdom instead of making assumptions, we will always come out of the situation okay. Amen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6 KJV
When we spend time seeking the Lord, He recognizes our time well spent. It pleases God when we spend time reading scripture, sharing His Word, and coming to Him in prayer.
We only have 24 hours in a day, but when we seek Him first, everything falls into place. Our worries fade into the background. He answers our prayers and gives us peace. He can take care of our loved ones even if we are not there. He always comforts and guides us whatever we do. Amen.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
God loves us so much that He gives us an inheritance and a covenant. When God blessed Abraham, He asked Abraham to move, and to go to the land that He promised.
I received the keys to my new house on 4/9/21, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how much the Lord has given me. I wanted a safe place to live, and He delivered more than I could ask or think.
We have hope that we will be with our Heavenly Father forever, and the relationship continues no matter where we are.
We have faith that Jesus saves us, heals us, and blesses us. We are incredibly fortunate to have a loving God who provides for all our needs. Amen.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7 KJV
When the Lord answers a prayer that has been weighing on our hearts, we can be thankful! Our faith in Him grows stronger as we walk with Him, talk to Him in prayer, and meditate on His Word.
Walking in faith gives us roots, so that when storms come, we are not shaken. Our faith makes us stronger.
When the things of this world threaten to tear us down, the Lord builds us up. He teaches us how to love and models good behavior for us. He loves us more than life itself.
We have many things to be thankful for, because the Lord answers prayers. Amen.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 NKJV
When babies look in the mirror, they don’t recognize themselves until they reach a certain level of maturity.
When we see Jesus again, we will know His face immediately. What a revelation!
When we have faith, we believe in Jesus without seeing Him, although evidence of His works can be seen every day.
When we have hope, we trust that Jesus will come again, and we will see our loved ones who have passed away.
When we love God, all the things of Earth grow dim, because we can focus on Him through everything. Amen.
We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Babies learn by observation and by their senses – what they can taste, touch, and smell. It’s amazing how fast they can learn and process information and later come to communicate their needs.
My own two-and-a-half-year-old son amazes me by all the words, sentences, and phrases he knows.
Faith doesn’t require observation, but a deep knowing that God is, was, and will be to come. He gives us eternal life.
We may not be able to see it, but we know it is possible, and it is real. God is a God of truth. He has knowledge beyond our understanding.
We do not need evidence to know God loves us. He reveals His love to us every day as we grow to understand Him. Amen.
And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:30-31
The details of our lives matter to God.
If you asked me how many hairs I have on my head, I wouldn’t be able to guess, but God knows and cares about even the most minor details that we worry about.
Yesterday, our dishwasher broke again. It will take about $400 to replace it. I started to worry about the unexpected expense during Christmas time, but then I stopped and paused.
Does not God care about even the littlest things in our lives? He does!
A check for $138 came in the mail.
He always provides for our needs. I don’t have any reason to doubt because our God is an awesome God. Amen.