“Worry is Practicing the Absence of God’s Presence”

 

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Last week  my precious Hannah Banana turned 18…my youngest chickadee is now an adult.  WOWZA!  How’s that happen so fast?! 🙂 I would have loved to have given her and each of my children the gift shared  in the link below. I wish we had thought of it!  I’m passing along this great idea for all you with little ones:

 

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Here are some quotes by Ann Voscamp:

 

“…so, here’s the thing, God — just thank You for spreading
Your protecting shield over us at the end of this day.
Shielding us from the worry that keeps on pressing in,
from the fear that creeps in from behind,
from the dark that seeps up the edges. 
Thank you that right now, even now, You “spread Your protection over … You cover with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5
Just, really — thank You for shielding us tonight, so we can rest 
and not be worriers — 
because You are our protecting Warrior.
For we know that worry is practicing the absence of Your presence. 

 

 

And that might just be the best secret to a good night sleep:
lay all those fears & worries to rest in Him.”

 

“Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

Share Whatever Is Good. “

 

 

Philippians 4:6-7The Message 

6-7 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.

 

Philippians 4:6-7J.B. Phillips 

6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 4:6-7Contemporary English Version 

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New Living Translation 

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.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version 

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.

 

This morning I was worrying about some things.  Here’s my take-away on Phil 4:6-7 a la Paula:

 

Do not: worry, fret, be anxious or allow my mind  the uneasiness of dwelling on real or imagined or anticipated troubles and difficulties.  If worry is practicing the absence of God’s presence which is sheer crazy, false nonsense and I know the truth that God is ever and always present, then knock it off.   Quit it. Decide to stop worrying when anxious thoughts creep in and choose to replace it with something far better.

 

 

Instead: pray.  Do it with thanksgiving and praise.  Tell God about every thing.  Thank Him for all He’s done and will do.  Let Him know what I am concerned about.  He already knows everything about everything but get it off my chest and out in the open and  talk to God all about it anyway. Praise Him.

 

 

God’s peace which is beyond mine or anybody’s comprehension will guard,keep, and protect my heart and mind through Jesus.  His peace will rule what and how I think and feel and do.

 

 

 

Thank You, Lord for the truth of Phil 4: 6-7 for me to grab a hold of and apply!

 

 

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2 Responses to “Worry is Practicing the Absence of God’s Presence”

  1. Joy says:

    What beautiful truths! Thank you for sharing! Like you, I want to snuggle up in God’s arms and be still. Because He covers us, we can take a deep breath, and just rest in His presence.

    • Paula says:

      Joy, I just love, love, love that word picture of snuggling up in the Lord’s arms, covered in His love, being still, taking a deep breath, and resting in His presence. Thank you, my Sunshine Girl. (((Hugs from me to you too)))) Mom

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