Archive for December 2019

Worry

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:22-26, 31, NIV)

Our Creator offers us freedom from worry. He invites us to come to Him and trust Him with all our needs.

Yet we defend our right to worry. After all, isn’t it acceptable, even wise, to be “concerned” about some things?

But worry is no privilege. I think about what happens to me when I begin to worry. Peace of mind goes immediately. I get frightened about the future, and as I do, I focus on my own needs. Generosity, joy, and perspective are squeezed out. Selfishness, fear, and shortsightedness take over.

I have to be honest here: anxiety is not entirely a defeated foe for me. Work and family situations still gnaw at me occasionally. But the Creator has been patient and faithful in teaching me important lessons.

First, I’ve realized that anxiety is fear, pure and simple. Fear assumes a false reality. Fear assumes that God doesn’t exist, or that He has lost control of the situation. Fear forgets His power. It forgets His kindness and unchanging love.

Fear focuses on self, ignoring God. When I am anxious, my thoughts are on my own needs and my ability to meet them, not on God and His willingness to help me.

Second, I’ve learned through difficult experiences that I cannot make worry go away. I cannot will it away or reason it away (the Lord knows I’ve tried!). Even when I sincerely commit a problem to Him, it sometimes keeps coming back to mind.

But I’ve found that I can keep bringing the concern to Him, simply and honestly, each time it arises.

Further, I’ve found that when words and pretty promises don’t help, He himself is the greatest comfort. He is always with me, even when I forget Him. My Creator still holds my entire life in His hand. The One who made me is still working toward my good, even during the dark times.

When finances are tight, He reminds me, “I am your security, not money.”

When a long car trip is necessary in winter and I’m concerned about slick roads, He whispers, “I am your protection, not the weather.”

And when troubles sweep happiness out of my reach, He is still with me. He draws me to look into His face and say, “Jesus, You are my joy, now and forever.”

In the end, it is not some technique or memorized words that free me from anxiety. It is He himself, my Creator, my God. When He is with me, how can I help but rejoice? How can I help but thank Him, love Him, and trust Him with my life?

Creator, I know You love me. I come to You now with my needs and concerns.

Anxiety is self-centered.
Faith is God-centered.

Hymn: Lord, Why Am I Anxious?
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Star Hymn

“Star Hymn” traces the
star theme throughout scripture,
from the stars of Genesis 1,
to the Star of Bethlehem,
to the Bright, Morning Star of Revelation.
Especially meaningful for Christmas and Epiphany,
colorfully set to a familiar tune.

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The stars that flood the sky
In silence glorify
You, the One who gave the light.
Praise! Praise!
How they gild the darkest night!
Changeless, yet forever new,
O Father God, they sing of You:
Greatness all above!
Faithfulness and love!

Your star lit up the sky
Your Son to glorify.
He came down to banish night.
Praise! Praise!
Christ the everlasting light!
Now You call to every race
To meet their Sovereign face-to-face –
Greatness all above!
Faithfulness and love!

Now Christ the Morning Star
Brings hope to where we are,
Promising the coming light –
Joy, joy
Piercing through the darkest night.
Soon He’ll gather every race
To join You, Father, face-to-face –
Glorious God above!
Life and light and love!

by Ken Bible, © 2018 LNWhymns.com.

ThinkSingPray

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about
Trusting God 1

Monday –      Reflection on Psalm 23
Hymn: Psalm 23 (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Reflection on Psalm 27
Hymn: Psalm 27 (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Reflection on Psalm 33
Hymn: Our Hope Is All in You (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Reflection on Psalm 46
Hymn: Psalm 46 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          How Much of a God?

Saturday –     Illogical Faith

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The Faces of Fear

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
(1 John 4:18, NIV)

Worry,
anger,
selfishness,
jealousy,
greed—
these, and many more, are
the faces of fear.

Fear and all its fruit grow from our doubt
that God is God,
that He is always able,
always wise,
always good…
always!

Father, You are love.
I will trust You.
You are power.
I will rely on You.
You are wisdom.
I will follow You
gladly and
with confidence.

Fear of anything but God will
always lead you in the wrong direction.

Hymn: Blind Faith
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Christ in Genesis and Exodus

God had been revealing Himself for centuries
before fully incarnating Himself in Jesus Christ.
This thought-provoking Advent hymn
exalts the Messiah foretold
throughout Genesis and Exodus.
Set to a familiar tune.

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Christ the Father’s Word is spoken.
Know the great Creator’s heart!
See His wonders, taste His graces:
Life and light and holy art,

Refrain
Love beyond what words can tell–
God made flesh, Immanuel!

Christ the warrior, mighty victor,
Comes to crush the serpent’s head;
Christ the rainbow, Christ the promise,
Christ the true, eternal bread,

Christ the Son so long awaited,
Blessed seed of Abraham,
Christ the wealth of wisdom’s treasure,
Christ the priest and Christ the lamb,

Hear His voice, and see His glory,
Trust His strong and holy hand.
God Himself now tents among us
As we near the promised land.

by Ken Bible, © 2014 LNWhymns.com.

ThinkSingPray

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about
Desiring God 5

Monday –      God Is Drawing Us to Himself
Hymn: Psalm 33 (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     In the Silence
Hymn: Psalm 62 (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – The Joy of Your Presence

Thursday –    Hymn: Psalm 84 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Do What Pleases You
Hymn: My Father, Do What Pleases You (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Father, Give Me Jesus
Hymn: Knowing the Father in the Son (recording) (printed)

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