Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
It’s fine, you might say, to tell me not to worry, but how exactly do I do that?
Here’s how one woman handled the struggle when her teenager was going through a tumultuous time.
“I remember lying in bed many nights,” Linda Dillow says, “thinking, Did I make the right decision? How do I stop this child from heading down the path of foolishness? I would pray through Philippians 4:6-9 but find my mind worrying again. It was as if my mind was stuck in worry mode.
“I would pray, ‘Lord, here I am again. I was just here ten minutes ago but it didn’t take: I’m still worrying instead of possessing Your peace.’ Again I would pray through my part and God’s part in Philippians 4.
Then I would start worrying again. At that point I would sit up, force my body out from under the warm covers, and go to my desk. With pen and paper in hand, I would list all the positive things the Lord had accomplished in my teenager’s life in the past year. Then I’d pray over the list and thank Him that He had been at work and was still at work in her life. I’d shut off the light and go back to my cozy comforter, this time to a peaceful sleep.”
If you want God’s peace to characterize your life, remember that peace is organic, it’s a fruit of the Spirit. Like all living things, it grows—not according to your timetable, but according to God’s. Jesus isn’t discouraged by the fact that you have to keep coming back to him every ten minutes for the peace you seek.
Doing so will simply keep you connected, allowing the Holy Spirit to accomplish his will in your life.
Now, the keys here are:
1. Recognize the ever loving presence of God abiding with you.
2. Remember that God is your Father and doesn’t judge you for being Human but walks with to thd place of Growth through Grace.
3. Acknowledge honestly how you feel and be real with God about your emotions and feelings as you pray for His guidance and strength.
4. Identify and focus on All the Goodness of God in your life and situations.
5. Find people of Faith to surround yourself with and share your struggles as you allow them be Agent’s of Fruitfulness in your life.
Remember, that being anxious is a human response to things we can’t figure out, but we must bring those anxious thoughts and feelings to God in prayer by Faith.
Lord, you are the vine and I am one of your branches. Help me to learn to abide in you.