aPodcast #360:THE DAILY ANTI ANXIETY HABIT THAT CONFIDENT PEOPLE DO
The flowers are more splendid than Solomon in all of his wonder
-Tell Daisy story
-God is so much bigger than we can comprehend
-Anxiety related disorders have now become the most common health concern in the United States with over 19.1% of US adults suffering from them (https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions/anxiety-disorders).
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. for life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed a beautiful as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the kingdom.
Lord, Thank you for sending Jesus to teach us how to unteach ourselves from so many patterns we have picked up from the world. Your kingdom is one of opposites, where the first are last, and the last first, where true riches are unseen, not seen, and where the people who change the world come in some of the most unlikely of packages. Please continue to open our minds and hearts to see Your hand upon our lives and in this world, that we might learn how to live differently.
Free us from our deep drive to compete, to prove ourselves, to earn treasures on earth that will tarnish and waste away and anything that we seek after that won’t fill the God-sized hole we have within us. We confess our anxieties, our apprehensions, our lack of faith; forgive us for not trusting in your goodness, your perfect timing, and your plan. You are good and your plans for us are good. Let us learn how to be content with the unknown, for when we know that it is in your safe protection, and that we are immensely loved by you, we know that we have nothing to fear.
We pray that peace would shift in our hearts this week in ways it never as before as we consider the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. May peace and comfort take root in our soul, that we would feel secure and confident in the certainty we have with you safeguarding our every step and our future. Forgive us for wanting to try to get too ahead of ourselves and for our suggestions to you on how to provide for us. You know what you are doing and we praise you for your power. Transform the way we look at the unknown, and wire our thoughts to see all uncertainty as an adventure. We are excited to see what you will do, how you will provide, and how the mountains in our lives will move.
Thank you Lord for offering us this beautiful invitation of enoughness, provision and safety. Let our faith and trust be as bold as your promises and keep our eyes on you, not to be distracted by the noise and the things of this world that mean nothing and ultimately waste away. Our greatest wealth is in our hearts and we praise you for this rich life we are walking right now, today.
In Jesus’ Name,