Do you have something that you are facing now that is creating anxiety for you? A situation, a conversation you need to have, unfinished business in your life, or something that you can’t control and you don’t know what to do? Are you unclear which way to go, how to respond, trying to figure out what is the “right way”, the “wrong way” and afraid you will miss the signs or mess things up? Me too.
I wanted to share a few quotes that really spoke to me from a newsletter I received from Rick Warren, (http://rickwarren.org) pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and author of numerous books, the most popular one, The Purpose Driven Life.
I need to remember these truths, take them in, and meditate on them. I need to remember to take one day at a time with God and trust he will guide me. We don’t need to work SO hard to figure things out.
Rest in Him. Peace in Him. Be with Him.
Hope you find these quotes as comforting as I do.
From Daily Hope with Rick Warren….
Peter Lord used to say, “Ninety percent of what God wants to say to you is encouragement.” If all you ever hear from God is negative messages, something’s wrong. The wires have been crossed.
If you feel overwhelmed or confused about a decision that you’re trying to make, you’re probably caught up in yourself and not God’s voice. The Bible says, “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33a NIV). He is not the author of confusion. So if you’re feeling confused, guess what? It’s not God’s voice speaking in your life.
Satan wants to drive us compulsively, but God wants to draw us compassionately. Satan wants to take advantage of our compulsions and use them to drive our lives. But God is our Good Shepherd. He wants to draw us in toward himself and peace.
If you feel like God’s told you to do something but you have increasing anxiety because of it, then the wires are crossed. Something’s not right.
The Bible us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
Peace, Grace and Happy and Holy Advent Season!!