Our “good car” is acting up again.
Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though something comes along to knock you back down just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Has that ever happened to you?
It can be stressful.
It is discouraging.
But once we learn to trust that God really is able to handle every aspect of our life, we begin to see that His way is the only way to deal with our troubles. Once we figure out that faith is more than just believing in Jesus…troubles don’t seem to have the same effect on us as they once did.
- Pray about it – seems obvious, but there are many people that talk about God without actually talking TO Him. I know, because I used to be one of them. God already knows what we need. He doesn’t want a one sided relationship. God wants us to communicate with him openly. It makes for a healthy relationship.
pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1-6:8)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
- Stop worrying about it….this is the hard part. I have always been a worrier. I have learned that worrying is actually our way of NOT giving God control over my life. When I worry about an issue (and we have had many), I am telling God that I don’t really trust Him to be able to do what I have asked him to do…..sort of cancelling out my prayer. I have learned to just say, “Lord, you know I’m worried about this. Please help us in this situation and please help me not to worry about it.” ……this WORKS.
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Luke 12:25)
do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 )
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
- Take one day at a time – This goes hand in hand with the not worrying thing. There is nothing wrong with planning ahead. But you & I both know there is a huge difference in planning & worrying. When we have planned something, we make note of it and move on. When we worry about something, we are constantly thinking it over, usually with a sick feeling in the pit of our stomach….All we have is just one day at a time here, right? So when we waste today worrying about yesterday or tomorrow, we are robbing ourselves & more importantly, our God & family of TODAY!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (James 4:14-17)
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.- Corrie Ten Boom
(This is my dad from the 60’s. Handsome, huh?)