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Worry, worry, worry, worry

“Why worry, worry, worry, worry, when you can pray,” ended the old Sunday school song.

Paul put it more maturely, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7 NIV.)

Notice what Paul does not say. He does not say all your requests will be granted. Rather, he says you will have peace. Is peace the opposite of anxiety?

Jesus also had something to say about anxiety and worry. In Matthew 6:31-33 he says, “So do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Seeking God’s kingdom is no light thing. It means putting yourself under God’s kingship, letting Him reign in your life. As I have discovered from my attempts to be a servant, it is not easy and it does not come naturally.  Jesus emphasizes that God is our Father and he knows what we need.

When I was a little girl, sometimes on a journey home at night in our little car, one of my parents would say, “I think we are lost.” Being lost is a terrifying thing for a child, yet my brother and I didn’t worry. We knew Mom and Dad would find the way. We just went to sleep in the car. I think that is how our Father would like us to trust Him. Sure, bumps come along in life and sometimes we seem lost. But our Father has enough power, wisdom and love to get us home safely. So let’s not worry, worry, worry, worry when we can pray.

sleeping girl

Everyday Inspiration Day 3

Home

Home is somewhere where you are loved unconditionally. It starts out as where you live with your parents and any brothers and sisters. It might be where you live with your husband and your own children. It might even be where you come to after a busy day and find a dog ecstatic to see you. If there is no unconditional love, then it is not really home but just a dwelling or a residence.

Being homeless is not only sleeping on the street or in a ditch, it is not having anybody to care about you, it is not having anybody to worry about you if you don’t come home or miss you when you are no longer around.

A home is somewhere where you can be comfortable being you – the real you. Where you can surround yourself with your things and arrange the surroundings according to your taste. Home is where you hide when the world mistreats you, where you recuperate when you are sick, where you rest when you are tired. It’s a place to invite friends, to share meals.

Everybody ought to have a home but it is an ideal and in this broken world not everybody has what they need. Only, perhaps, in heaven, where all wrongs are righted and all tears are wiped away will we find our eternal home.

Coffee with Wings February #2

And Now, little children, abide in him…(1John 2:28)

I got to thinking about the word “abide”. It reminds me of an abode. a place where you stay, a place where you live. It is the place where you find:

  •  safety and security
  • rest and sleep
  • nourishment
  • light
  • comfort
  • relationship
  • communication
  • beauty according to your taste
  • cleansing
  • stability.
  • love

It is a place you can bring friends, listen to your music, be creative, sing and dance, walk around naked, sleep till noon, be yourself.

Abode

Abiding in Jesus is like coming home and living there.