To my fellow USA citizens: Happy 4th of July, America’s 239th birthday! And happy first weekend in July to everyone, as the summer season settles in (in this part of the world, at least!)
My husband Dave surprised me with a night out last night. We went to Oxford Plains Speedway here in Maine to watch a number of short races and then fireworks. It was fun and different, and a nice change after 7 weeks of being mostly housebound!
Now onto today’s devotional thoughts.
“If you struggle with anxiety, you know about the uneasiness, worry, and feeling of heaviness that come with it. Often it is a general feeling of fear that has no specific cause or source.
Many serious things are going on in the world and you need to be aware of them. But you also need to learn to relax and take things as they come without getting all nervous and upset.
You need to learn how to enjoy the good life God has provided for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (see John 10:10). So the next time you are tempted to become anxious or upset, think about what you are doing, and find something to be happy about. Have a talk with yourself about all the good things God has done in your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Fear seems to be epidemic in our society. Are you afraid of anything?
Is it rejection, failure, the past, the future, loneliness, driving, aging, the dark, heights, life, or death? The list of fears that people experience can be endless.
You can trade in pain and paralysis for power and excitement. Don’t allow feelings of any kind to dominate you, but instead remember that God says, ‘Fear not.’
We must be determined that we will obey Him in this area. Fear may present itself as a feeling, but if we refuse to bow down to it, that is all it is…a feeling!
Pray: Lord, I make You my refuge and strength today, my present help in whatever trouble I will face. With You by my side, I will not fear. Amen.”-
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“God gave you emotions, so it doesn’t work to ignore them completely. You make a big mistake if you refuse to meet any of your emotional needs.
If you are tired, you need rest. If you are stressed, you need some fun. If you need encouragement, spend time with someone who knows how to build you up.
Don’t ignore your emotional needs in the name of Christianity. You are a whole person–body, soul, and spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). God will show you how to be strong in all areas of your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- I know I sometimes tend to give in to bouts of anxiety and worry; I need to put the suggestions of this devotional into practice!
-2- More good advice! Fear and worry tend to accompany each other, and one will often lead to the other. I especially like this admonition: “You can trade in pain and paralysis for power and excitement.”
-3- A third devotional with good advice. I think sometimes we think it’s selfish to take care of ourselves, but in reality, it’s essential to our overall health.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Do you ever struggle with anxiety attacks?
-2- Are you weighed down with various fears? Do you think it’s your “job” to worry?
-3- Do you agree that it’s essential to take care of your emotional needs?
Remember that you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating. Also, please let me know if you know of or have a legitimate cause that I could add to this page.