Trust: A Godly Woman's Adorment
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by Lydia Brownback
Description: An On-the-Go Devotional for women that focuses on Scripture's truths about what lies beneath our fears and how we can overcome them, so that we never have to live with chronic anxiety. Its biblical truths and promises will daily reassure you that if you belong to Christ, you have absolutely nothing to fear.
eBook Publisher: Crossway Books, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: June 2009
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [151 KB]
Reading time: 73-103 min.
The Secret Places of the Heart Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God. PHILIPPIANS 4 : 6
She's a Nervous Nellie," everyone says about Sara. That's because she tries to cope with daily stress by picking up the phone and venting her worries to whatever friend is available to listen. Sara worries about everything, from a broken dishwasher to a rainy forecast. But unlike Sara many of us keep our worries bottled up inside so that even those closest to us see nothing but a calm and steady exterior.
Maybe you have secret or hidden concerns that no one knows about, things you hesitate to tell even those closest to you. If you are a woman who struggles with overwhelming stress, yet you hide your anxiety from others, it is likely that you find yourself feeling isolated and lonely a good bit of the time. However, God knows all about your fears. He knows their underlying causes and the way you react to them. He also knows the way to get you past them.
God doesn't want you to be afraid; he wants to set you free. Fear, worry, and anxiety are not necessary for God's daughters. In fact, something we have forgotten in today's fast-paced lifestyle--or simply excused as unreasonable--is that anxiety is actually sin. But Paul's admonition is unconditional: "Do not be anxious about anything." He allows for no exceptions. Since God's Word says there is no reason to worry, that means there is no reason to worry. But we must choose to take him at his word and then apply the remedy that Paul gives here, which is prayer.
Is something weighing heavily upon you today? If so, whatever it may be, before you pick up the phone in search of consolation, take it to your Father in prayer. Tell him what you think you need and what you long for him to do, and then thank him for the way in which he will answer. He will indeed answer, and even before you see what he provides, if you are willing to let him decide the outcome, you will find the peace of knowing that your trouble is in his all-wise hands. Real faith--the kind that brings peace--is faith that lets God choose the best answer for you.