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Day 43- Keeping The Remote Under Control

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
~ Isaiah 26:3

What unnecessary burdens do we take on when we grab the remote and turn on the news?  Are we supposed to be concerned with every aspect of the world’s problems and woes? Is getting a not so healthy dose of the “world news report” only to then sit through an additional hour of local news good food for our minds?  Certainly we should care about what’s happening in other parts of the world and in our own neighborhoods, but we must be mindful of just how much added stress we allow ourselves to be immersed in.  The report of violence, corruption, financial crashes, car crashes and plane crashes often leave me feeling worse than all the day’s stress combined.

I’m electing to change this factor in my life.  CNN, NBC and ABC can only get a small part of my time and mind.  I’ve decided instead to focus more attention toward praying for the people who had the misfortune of making it on the news in the first place.  I suspect if more Christians spent less time allowing the evening news to infiltrate our peace of mind, and more time on our knees there would be less, so much less to report on.

God would not have us be ignorant, but most certainly He doesn’t want His beloved daughters to trade having the mind of Christ for the cares, complexities and chaos of the world.  Also read Philippians 2:5

Day 31- Anxiety Is Overrated

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~Philippians 4:6

Are you letting your worries and the what-ifs in life keep you from being all you can be?  Maybe the anxiety is keeping you from doing all that you can do for the kingdom of God.  Today after having recovered from the stress of the stress brought on by almost worrying myself out of a victory, I finally faced my fear and decided to trust God, but not until the very last minute.

I knew I needed my wisdom tooth removed for months.  It took me that long to do something about it, because I had perceived the pain and tragedy of a possible broken jaw or overdosing on anesthesia was more than my little fearful heart could handle.

How foolish I felt when after all that worry and self inflicted anxiety I breezed through it almost as easy as standing in line at the grocery store. My BP read 178/96 and to my doctor’s surprise I’d never been diagnosed with high blood pressure. The worry and stress brought my numbers almost off the charts in an otherwise healthy individual. Silly me, I should have just trusted God from the very beginning.

If your anxiety is keeping you from doing something that you know you should do.  Or perhaps you are avoiding an opportunity to serve simply because your imagination has been corrupted by fear.  Take it from me it is so much easier to trust God from the beginning.  Enjoy the victory, it has already been won, trust God today even if the giant in your life is as big as my wisdom tooth.