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The Center

March 15, 2019

Worrying can be worrisome. Yes, we all can have times in our lives when we experience worries and doubts. Simple worries like; did I close the garage door, did I unplug my flat iron, was the oven still on ... everyday worries that sometimes causes us to turn our car around. Worries that can consume our thoughts. Concerns about our attitudes and responses like; will my temper flare up during my upcoming meeting or how am I going to score on my big test or that medical report that we are waiting to hear about. Sometimes our worries are rather mundane and sometimes they are much more profound. Worries about symptoms or health concerns, and things like getting laid-off at work or transferring to a new job. Money woes certainly have the power to cause worry that can tip our anxiety scale into the negative. We have the ability to worry about anything and everything that may or may not or even have the potential to affect us or those around us. Unfortunately, worry can become a skill that we are very adept at performing. Our worries can work their way into the center of our thoughts. 

Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭MSG‬‬
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

God wants us to know that He knows. He knows about all the things that we are worried and concerned about. He knows about our mundane worries, our complex worries and our more serious worries. God’s thoughts are on us, and He knows our needs and concerns. He wants us to know that He will always be there for us. He will see us through each trial, each struggle, each obstacle and all the possibilities that we can think up or imagine. God tells us not to worry. Worry will not improve our circumstances. Worry won't change our attitude or adjust our perspective. In fact, worry can be a hindrance and add to our obstacles. Worrying does not do any good at all. Instead pray. We can pray and praise our way through the worry and let God handle the rest. Our part is to 'do our best' to cast worry aside. Trust God, He's got a plan, and it’s s a really good plan and He’s not worried, so neither should we. It’s wonderful what happens when Jesus displaces the worry at the center of our lives. Let Jesus be the center of our life and watch the wonder unfold.  

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