Be anxious for nothing

be anxious for nothing

 

My sweet friend Marylee shared this with me yesterday, and it blessed me.  I wanted to share with all of you.  This is an example of how our God loves us, and He cares about every detail of our lives.  He works things to the good in our lives because He loves us abundantly, He blesses us because He is merciful, and He is faithful in our lives even when we aren’t faithful to Him.  That is love.  That is amazing.  He wants to be involved in every area and aspect of your life and mine.  We get anxious, we worry, we stress, but God sees our lives from beginning to end.  He knows us, He knows our frame, and He knows our thoughts.  Notice the second part of the scripture states But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  Marylee and her husband Reggie are dear friends of mine and I am always encouraged and inspired by their prayer life. They put Jesus first, and seek his will in all things.  Here is what she sent me, I loved it!

“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 thorough Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7
I want to share how God answered a prayer for me this week – it may seem silly to you but it really blessed me so much.
Kevin & Angela, missionaries to Uganda, are home for a visit and to share what God is doing with and through them in Africa.  We are all very excited to have them here and I have been looking forward to hearing them speak.  Originally they were going to share on a Thursday night in May and then it was changed to this Thursday night, June 5.  I thought great – we will be there.  Then Monday I was balancing my check book and noticed a check I had written for a retirement party dinner for the school I taught at.  A sinking feeling hit the pit of my stomach – yup – double booked.  It would have been fine if I had committed to go to the dinner alone as I would have just skipped it but I was going with my friend Sherron – we had taught together at Livonia for years.  Frustration, anxiety, guilt, disappointment all hit me.  Then when I told my husband he asked, “Are the people retiring good friends of yours?”  No, but I did teach with them but that wasn’t my main concern – it was my commitment to go with my friend that stopped me from canceling.
I started praying and thinking about how I could get out of the dinner – I really did not want to miss hearing Kevin & Angela.  I sensed the Lord telling me to be at peace though I was still making scenarios in my mind about asking a mutual friend to take my place and go with Sherron or maybe something would come up and she couldn’t go either.  God kept telling me to be at peace and He did not open a door for me to talk to Sherron about it.  Then yesterday Angela posted on the church Facebook page that due to schedule conflicts they would be sharing Sunday instead of Thursday night.  It wasn’t my schedule conflict – they didn’t know about it, but God knew and all along He had been telling me to be at peace.
He answers prayer – even the smallest ones for He cares for us. He is an awesome Father.

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Comments

  1. He is so faithful!! and He knows what’s going on in ALL our lives! Thanks Mary Lee & Marissa……..so true and wonderful. This happens to me but I usually forget to give God the credit……figure coincidence instead of Godcidence. thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thanks Mary Lee. Great devotional.