Tonight while cutting sandwiches, folding washing, mending holes in little girl clothes and now relaxing in bed with a cup of tea and my knitting, I have been listening to Joyce Meyer. I haven't listened to her preach for a long time and didn't realise I missed it until now. She is straight to the point, doesn't mince words, and puts everything so practically that even a child could get it.
The first preach I watched was called Simple Prayer and Simple Life Part 1 (3/11/2010 podcast). I found it valuable and refreshing. If you can take some time, please watch it as the message Joyce shares is practical and worthwhile.
The preach ended in a verse that I love, taken from the Amplified version...Philippians 4:6 -
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
I prefer the verse from the NIV, and I also love verse 7 -
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
These verses saved my sanity last year when I went through two particularly rough patches. I was reminded by these verses that God has everything under control and the I am to have faith and trust in Him. He will take care of all my needs, He will act on my behave to avenge any wrongs done against me, and He will love me more than ANYBODY on this planet will ever do.
I get excited when I think that God knows me better than anyone else does, including myself. He knows of my potential and how to build me up in spite of my weaknesses. He knows my heart and my mind. He provides something that nothing else in this universe could ever give - peace, assurance, unconditional love.
I need to reverently meet Him more often; verbalising my concerns and feelings. Yes, He already knows them, but He needs these things to be spoken out. To be given to Him. Then, and only then, can He act on them. The joy in verse 6 is this - we can take anything to God and He will answer us. Whether it be in our time or His time, well, that's His choice. But He will. He will take away our anxiety and cause us to no longer fret about things that He has in control.
So, to my verse for this month. As the New Living Translation is my weapon of choice this year (thanks to the lovely Jo Princess Warrior), I will be memorising this -
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Thank You dear Heavenly Father for your wisdom, love and protection. Thank You for the reassurance Your presence brings by knowing, quite simply and easily, that You are watching over us and out for us. In Jesus' Wonderful Name, Amen
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