A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (15)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:6-7

Anxiety is something that many people struggle with – including me.  I’m not particularly depressed, but I have a black belt in anxiety.  God tells us what to do when we begin to have irrational thoughts and feel pressure as thoughts of the future seem to overwhelm us in the present.  We need to pray – be thankful to God and tell Him what we need.  If we will do that, He has promised to give us peace – the peace of God, which transcends all understanding.  It’s a peace that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.2

I’m not boasting, but my doctor has asked me for years if I want some medication for anxiety – but I have said no.  I’m going to do what Dr. Jesus prescribes.  He has seen me through and has never let me down.  I want my heart to be less stressed, less worried, less overwhelmed and less uncertain about the future.  I want a healthy happy heart that prays and is thankful for the present.  God’s Holy Spirit is the present in my present.  He’s in control of today and tomorrow.  Yesterday doesn’t matter – it’s over.  No amount of thinking or praying, for that matter – can affect yesterday.

I’m also going to cut myself some slack about my anxiety issues.  I was reminded today that everyone has some degree of anxiety about the future – it’s a very human condition.  While I know the answer to anxiety is definitely prayer, I also realize I’m human – so human.  3

So…  I’m going to make a real effort to focus on RIGHT NOW.  Dr. Jesus says to lean on Him and not on my understanding.  He already knows about tomorrow and doesn’t think it’s necessary for me to know about future events.  I’ll tell you…  right now – I’m in a warm house with a computer that works.  I’m paying my bills on time and drinking a hot cup of coffee.  I’m saying a prayer of thanks to God…  I thank Him for right now.  He is good.  He’s always been so good to me.  🙂

 

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FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH

TL FEBRUARY AMERICAN HEART MONTH

A HAPPY HEALTHY HEART

February is AMERICAN HEART MONTH!!!  Because I am a type 2 diabetic, I have a higher risk of heart disease.  My friend who happens to be a nurse at a cardiac clinic told me that over half of their patients have type 2 diabetes.  That means I need to be just as careful as I can about my diet and exercise.  There is one more thing, and I believe it is as important to the equation as any of the others…  I try to have a positive outlook and be happy! 

I have made no secret of the fact that I claim joy from God’s Holy Spirit.  Joy is the unique feeling of contentment in all circumstances that only comes when God’s Holy Spirit lives inside.  He is the one who provides comfort and confidence no matter what is going on around me.  There is a calm that I really cannot explain, but I definitely feel.  No, I do not have my head buried in the sand – I’m perfectly aware of the situation in the world around me.  I know about current events, but I know I serve a God who has it all under control.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.  – Billy Graham

The Holy Spirit does more than convict – he navigates me through this maze called life.  When I pray and in turn listen to His leading with faith in my heart, I know God will make a way where there is not a way I can see.  He’s done it so many times for me in the past and I know He will do it again.

Where your heart is concerned, it’s very important to eliminate as much stress as you can.  Once you decide to put your life in God’s capable hands, you also put all the problems at His feet.  Just because we lean on God does not mean that troubles and stress will not come our way – um…  no!  We just know what to do when it shows up.  I know without a doubt that I can rely on Jesus to take those burdens and then take care of me.

I submit to you today that the way to a happy, healthy heart begins with a relationship with Christ and the conscience and comforter, the Holy Spirit.  When Christ ascended to heaven He did not leave us alone to flounder – He left the Holy Spirit with us to help us.  I’m so grateful for this precious gift from Jesus – aren’t you?  🙂