Today’s Truth

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

 

Friend to Friend

Harper and I were having a visit on Facetime. This five-year-old bundle of love, my niece’s daughter, was telling me all about her Guinea pig, Skitters. Skitters was her new best friend. He went down the sliding board with her, nibbled on baby carrots at tea parties across from her, and nestled in the mini stroller in front of her during walks. Oh, how she loved Skitters.

“I had a Guinea pig when I was a little girl, too!” I shared. “His name was Oscar!”

“You did? What happened to Oscar?” she asked. “Did you give him away or did he die? Do Guinea pigs go to heaven?”

I was not expecting those questions and wished I had kept my Guinea pig history to myself. When we said our goodbyes, I realized that Harper, even at five years old, was worried about her little friend. She was anxious about Skitter’s future. Goldie the goldfish had a short life, and well, do Guinea pigs live longer? 

It seemed such a small thing…what was going to happen to Skitters in the long run? And then I wondered if my anxious thoughts seem like small things to God. 

I worry about my son and then I remember that God has a host of angels surrounding him (Psalm 91:11-12). Protecting Steven is a small thing.

I grow anxious about pandemics and then I remember that all my days were numbered before there was even one of them (Psalm 139:16). 

It is so easy to fall into the trap of worrying about world events, particularly wars and rumors of war we are hearing about in the news right now. The media shows us horrific details of bombed-out buildings and burned-out homes. People fleeing and parents weeping. 

And I get anxious. I grow worried.

Then God reminds me of Who He is and What He does through the Scripture I read time and time again. He runs things. He is not aloof. He is not absent in life’s happenings. As He told Moses at the burning bush, He sees, He hears, He is concerned (Exodus 3:7).

I need to remember that God has a plan for history—it is providential and not accidental. The word “providential” means “to see before,” to have a particular end or goal in mind. What happens in history and with you and me is not happenstance. He is in control of the sacred and secular. World history and my history.

God said: “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT).

I imagine God saying, Oh honey, don’t worry about what’s going on in the world at large or in your life right now. The happenings are not a surprise to Me. I’m still in control. I’m still on my throne. And remember, nothing is too difficult for Me. Your worries may loom large for you, but they are not too difficult for Me.

So what do we do when those anxious feelings creep in? We pray and give our burdens and worries to God (Psalm 55:2). 

Paul wrote, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

A paraphrase of that verse says it this way: Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life (The Message).

Don’t you love that: “Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers.” I don’t know what you’re anxious about today, but I do know God is in control. And He is good.

If you believe that, leave a comment and say, “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

 

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for being the Omnipotent God Who takes care of every need and calms every anxious heart. I give You my worries and concerns, knowing that You are in control, and You always have a good plan.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

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Now It’s Your Turn

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26 Responses to “Shaping Worries into Prayers”

  1. Avatar photo B says:

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

    I am trusting that God will be ever present in my life.

  2. Avatar photo Joann says:

    I don’t know what God is doing but I know it will be good!

  3. Avatar photo Jedidiah says:

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it’s Good!” Amen!!!

  4. Avatar photo Sherri says:

    I am trusting that God will restore peace and joy in my life.

  5. Avatar photo Shenae says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but I know it’s good!!

  6. Avatar photo Rachel says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, or how He will do it, but I know it’s good!

  7. Avatar photo Summer Parris says:

    I don’t know what God is doing but I know He is good.

    I am trusting God to take care of all things.

  8. Avatar photo Leyana says:

    I am trusting that God will provide strength to my mind and body as I remain focused on the path of a new career while in school at almost 45 yrs, working FT and with 3 kids. It’s not easy but I trust God is positioning me for greater to help provide for my family.

    I trust God will continue to strengthen my marriage.

    I have truely enjoyed Girlfriends in God over the last 5-6 years. You ladies have helped me to grow in scripture and trust in God in a new way for my life. THANK YOU.

  9. Avatar photo Sheila says:

    I don’t know what God is doing but I do know He is good.
    Amen

  10. Avatar photo Alyson says:

    I am trusting that God will always lead in my life.

  11. Avatar photo Nelia says:

    “I don’t know what God is doing but I do know God is good.”

    I am trusting that God will provide my life – especially as I am
    looking for a new job and a new state to live in. I look forward to all He has planned for me!

  12. Avatar photo Jan says:

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  13. Avatar photo Carol says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but I know it is good!
    I’m trusting God to continue to guide and help me to continue to grow in Him for the rest of my life!

  14. Avatar photo Nicole says:

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

    I am trusting that God will heal my marriage in my life! And All the glory goes to Him!

  15. Avatar photo Tami says:

    I don’t know what God has planned, but I know it is going to be good! I know he walks beside me and those I love!

  16. Avatar photo Mardiece says:

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

    I am trusting that God will reign in my life today and every day.

    God bless each of you!

  17. Avatar photo Gail says:

    I don’t know what God is doing but I know it’s good.
    I am trusting God to walk with me and help me bring my children back to him and bring my grandchildren to him.
    Girlfriends in God has been a constant for me for many years. Thank you! Blessings to you all.

  18. Avatar photo Liz says:

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

  19. Avatar photo Monique JB says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but I know it is good. I cherish the encouragement these words bring, now that I am going through a valley experience. I see it as a reminder from God that He is indeed in charge.

  20. Avatar photo Kathy says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but I know it is good. I’m trusting God to lead, guide, and direct me in every part of my life. He is my Stronghold! He is my Shelter! He is my Hope!

  21. Avatar photo Diane says:

    I am trusting that God will bring comfort and peace in my life. <3

  22. Avatar photo Mar says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but he is always good! I pray that he will restore my marriage and reunite my little family back together. He is the god of second chances!

  23. Avatar photo Anissa says:

    I don’t know what God is doing, but he is always good! I am trusting that God will continue to work wonders in my life! Amen!

  24. Avatar photo Dammy says:

    I don’t know what God is doing but I know it’s good. He will restore my parents marriage, heal my brother completely, and provide all that we ever need in Jesus name. Amen.

  25. Avatar photo Agnes says:

    I am trusting that God will give me wisdom to parent wisely to my 3 adult children and to restore my faith, my joy and peace in my life.

    “I don’t know what God’s doing, but I know it is good!”

    AMEN 🙏🏻

  26. Avatar photo Jane says:

    I am trusting will help me with some financial problems. I am anxious and not sleeping well. I’m tired.

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