Because God’s love is perfect,
we don’t have to be. Philippians 1:6
I was given a gift today! I absolutely love gifts and especially when they are given freely from the heart. As I’m sitting here in my post-holiday daze, feeling a little sorry for myself that this round of festivities is over and family has scattered back home (their homes), I realized that maybe I could have done more to make this holiday perfect. Really??? Yep, that’s where my mind wanders when the quiet settles back over my home. So I ask myself-what if I cooked a whole turkey instead of just a turkey breast? What if I made a pumpkin pie from scratch instead of serving a store bought pie? What if I was more present for my family? What if… the list could continue and consume me to the point that this post-holiday haze might back up to the next set of holidays.
God does not ask us to be perfect! God does not want us to be consumed with worry. God gives us the perfect gift everyday- Himself! This was the gift I received today as I was mentally beating myself up.
God gave us His son, Jesus, who in turn chose the cross to free us from our sins and worries! In this season of Advent, we are called to wait in stillness for the coming of Jesus-the beginning, the ultimate gift from God! We are asked to step back and survey our blessings and offer thanks that our Lord chose to give us the gift of Himself!
So… #WhyWorry??? As we wake up each morning with anxious thoughts and end each day with lingering remnants of the worries of the day-how do we let our worry become God’s worry? How do we let go of every bit of it?
When worry becomes all consuming…
Change your focus!
This is my favorite advice to my sons-ask them and they will tell you! Take a walk, listen to your favorite music, read or do something that brings you joy. It’s a sure way to push that worry away. Bottom line- it works!
Breathe! Just breathe!
In this season of preparation, worry seems like a given. But God will beg to differ with you. Ann Voskamp says it beautifully in her new book, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas – “So now we pause. Still. Ponder. Hush. Wait. Each day of Advent, He gives you the gift of time, so you have time to be still and wait.”
Breathe in the peace of Jesus-breathe deeply and let it fill your lungs! Breathe out the worry that is present and let it float up to the heavens and beyond.
Be still and pray!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Phil. 4:4-7
God’s Word is truth and holding the above words in your heart when anxiety reigns will cause your heart to fill with peace. Rejoice for the Lord is near and His love is like no other. Rejoice and adore the Lord who freely gave Himself to all as the ultimate gift.
How do you find rest from the worries of the season? What is your go to method to combat the ever present anxiety?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” ~Matthew 11:28
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