Anxious for Nothing

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I have one more quick note before the holiday:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:6-7 NKJV

This post should really have “Dear Jennifer” at the top, but feel free to read along as I let the Spirit admonish and encourage me. I have a big family, so there’s always something that needs doing, and it’s very easy to slide into anxiety. I can go from setting the table to a whirling dervish struggling under the weight of the world in no time at all. And when I do that, I miss out on SO MUCH.

I love Ephesians 4:6-7 because it feels like God is talking to me specifically, right now. Anxiety is not a given, and I constantly forget that! I don’t have to dance with the frantic – I have a choice. So the first thing God does is remind me of that. “Don’t let anxiety in the door, Jennifer!” Instead, I’m to turn to Him, and the only thing He asks of me is that I do so “with thanksgiving.”

Even if I feel ten miles removed from grateful, I can bow my will to thank God, and then trust that the life of Christ will rise on that choice. In fact, that’s pretty much what He’s promising us here. We say no to fear and anxiety and turn to God with thanksgiving, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard [our] hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I would love to move through the holidays with my heart and mind guarded by the peace of God. How amazing that will be! A mind uncluttered by the chittering horde of frenzy will be clear for the thoughts of the Spirit. A heart that isn’t thumping itself to death in hurry and worry will be a clean vessel for all the Love and blessing the Lord wants to pour out.

May we all receive the abundant grace God gives us so that we can experience the miracle of His peace and calm in the midst of any chaos – even the happy kind!

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    • Sam

      Amen and amen!


    • Layman Lee

      Jenn I love that last sentence, May God Bless you, Have a wonderful holiday.

    • Wanda

      Bless you dear child. Have a worshipful Thanksgiving.

    • Annalie du Toit

      Blessed Jennifer,

      Matthew 12:33;”either make the tree sound and it’s fruit sound, or make the tree rotten and it’s fruit rotten…” bubbled up in me when I read your words. I wondered about the roots of this holiday…

      Years ago, I wondered why there was nothing about Christmas in the Word.The Spirit took me to Leviticus 23, where He taught about the feasts of the Lord.He showed me that it contained the whole plan of salvation – for the world and Israel.And that five of the feasts have already been fulfilled in the Lord’s coming,His crucifiction,going into the grave sinless,His resurrection, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The remaining three feasts still has to be fulfilled at the Fathers appointed time. Because the substance of them is Christ,it is devoid of human effort.This makes me wonder about our bussyness!

      Please forgive me if there is no stirring of the Holy Spirit in your heart while reading this. I do not want to merely give information – that will neither honour Him, nor bring LIFE.

      I post this very carefully, fully knowing that He is able to strike a straight blow with a crooked bat. He can make miracles happen for you on this holyday, since every day is a day that the Lord has made!

      And so, because I long to gather with Him and not scatter, I pray that He will bless you abundantly, and give you more than you can dream, imagine or hope for, and teach us all fresh ways of overcoming evil with good

      With respectful appreciation and thankfulness for your life in Him.

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