This year started out a bit rough and challenging. Challenges I have not yet fully overcome. There are a lot of things to worry and stress about; I’d like to go on to say “but I’m cool though, I’m not worried, I know God’s got my back.” The truth is; even though I know better, my eyes sometimes focus on what I see as oppose to what my soul knows, what I believe and I let worry in. It’s not completely my fault; I have two worrier parents, especially my mom, they are both trying to work on it; as am I. I am so proud at how far we have come but we all have a way to go with our worrying spirit. I’ll start by going into God’s word and see what he has to say about worry. In the meanwhile pray for me; as I will pray for you in the New Year.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amplified Bible)
6Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
Psalm 86:7 (Amplified Bible)
7In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.
Proverbs 15:15 (Amplified Bible)
15All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
Matthew 6:27 (Amplified Bible)
27And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
Matthew 6: 30-34 (Amplified Bible)
30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Mark 4:19 (Amplified Bible)
19Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
Philippians 4:6-7 (Amplified Bible)
6Do 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.
7And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
7Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Colossians 3:15 (Amplified Bible)
15And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
Isaiah 41:10 (Amplified Bible)
10Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified Bible)
3You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
Psalm 119: 165 (Amplified Bible)
165Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.
John 14:27 (Amplified Bible)
27Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)
9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!