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Trading Anxiety for Peace and Joy

"Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7

For the past week or so, I've been anxious. You see, November 21st was my last day of work. My job was not working out for several reasons and after prayer and talking with my husband, we decided it would be best to leave that position. I was excited about some new possibilities and eager to be home and explore those possibilities. So, what have I done since being home?  I've been anxious. Not worried, but anxious to get things going to find my direction, my new enterprise and to delve into it wholeheartedly.

The problem is...was...that I had no idea what I wanted to do. I prayed about it - have been praying about it - but have not yet received any direction. That's when I let anxiety creep in.

What if I had made a mistake in quitting my job? What if I didn't find something to bring in some money to help pay the bills? What if my life slipped back into the state it was in before I found that job? I had been anxious, constantly scrambling for ways to make money, to validate myself, to feel like I had a purpose. I didn't - don't - want to go back to that, and yet, I could feel myself slipping right back into it. Until this morning...

God, in his awesome faithfulness opened my eyes this morning to realize that every minute I spend in anxiety is a waste of the day that He has given me NOW. This is the day that the Lord has made and I should rejoice and be glad in it, not be anxious in it. Anxiety steals your joy and God wants me to live a joyous life. I dug further into my Bible, then read a few pages in one of my journals where I had recorded some powerful truths about praying in faith and through that portion of time I spent with God this morning, He lifted the anxiety.

Today, I will be joyful, I am trusting God to lead me in the direction He wants me to go in this next stage of my life and I am trusting Him to provide for our needs in whatever way He chooses. I'm open to His will and I'm refusing to be anxious. And, yes, I feel His peace. Just as He promised. When we lay anxiety aside, we receive His peace.

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your peace that passes all understanding. My circumstances haven't changed, but my heart and mind have. You have taken away the anxiety and replaced it with peace and joy. What a wonder you are!

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6 comments:

Shakin' the Foundation said...

Amen!!! I stand in agreement with you Jan!!! As our father orders your steps, I stand you will remain in JOY!!!

Blessings to you!!!
Stacey

Jan Christiansen said...

Thank you so much, Stacey. How wonderful it is to know that we have brothers and sisters in Christ standing with us as we walk through the bumps in life. I appreciate you so much!

Hugs,
Jan

Denise said...

Hi Jan,
I often fall into a trap of self-sufficiency too when I worry or when I am anxious about something or someone. I get caught up into my own thoughts, and let anxiety wrap me up in myself. But He will take care of all of our todays and all of our tomorrows, and knowing this releases us from worry as we place our trust in Him for everything! Praying for you and your complete faith and trust!

Denise

Jan Christiansen said...

Thanks, Denise. Do you ever feel like you are learning the same lesson over and over again? That's how I feel sometimes, but I'm so glad that our Lord is patient and keeps leading us back to the truth when it slips our minds.

Thanks for dropping by,
Jan

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Jan
I pray you have a Merry Christmas!
Chelle

Jan Christiansen said...

Thank you, Chelle. And Merry Christmas to you, too. So glad we "met" this year.

Blessings,
Jan