So today I’m “taking on Tuesday” and working to get as much done as possible, since I know now that surgery on my thumb is imminent within these next couple of weeks, possibly even NEXT week! How fitting it is that some of the devotional thoughts I read today were on the subjects of worry and “peace stealers”–I think I would call worry one of the top things that steals peace!
So onto Monday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“Most of us have enough to handle today without worrying about tomorrow. God will give you grace for today, but He will not give you grace for tomorrow until tomorrow arrives.
So often people worry about something that never happens. When you begin to worry about the ‘what ifs,’ the door opens for fear and worry. Some people worry so much that their worries become fear, and often the things people fear, manifest in their lives.
Do not allow yourself to dread tomorrow. Just know that God is faithful. It is comforting to know that whatever tomorrow may hold, He holds tomorrow. His grace is sufficient to meet the need. Do not waste today’s grace by worrying about tomorrow. Live one day at a time and you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish for Christ.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“To enjoy a life of peace, you will need to examine your own life to learn what your ‘peace stealers’ are. Satan uses some of the same things on everyone, but we also have things that are particular to each one of us.
For example, one person may be very disturbed by having to do two things at one time, while another person may actually be challenged and energized by multitasking and doing several projects at once. We are all different, and we must learn to know ourselves.
It will be virtually impossible to enjoy a life of peace if you don’t study to know what your peace stealers are. Keep a list of each time you get upset. Ask yourself what caused the problem, and write it down. Be honest with yourself, or you will never break free.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- I know there are numerous verses in the Bible on the subject of worrying and fretting, always with an emphasis on how it does us no good to worry, and in fact, can even do us harm! Yet it’s still so easy to fall into that habit of worrying, especially over the unknown. Yet God is with us now and will be with us in the future, and His grace is sufficient no matter what each day holds.
-2- This is such a relevant thought right now for me in at least a couple areas of my life. And again, I’m amazed at how these two devotionals relate to one another. I think worry is definitely one of the top “peace stealers” since as long as we are worrying about something, we definitely don’t have peace!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Are you a worrier, or are you able to trust God and His grace in all things?
Do you know what the “peace stealers” are in your life?