The Patience of Jesus?
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In Everything Give Thanks

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  - Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

What is the state of your heart?  Worried, stressed, heartbroken, afraid?  All of the above?  Life gets tough sometimes and we may find ourselves feeling a multitude of emotions all at the same time.  Left unattended, they can be paralyzing.  However, with God, we need not fear change.  With God, we need not worry about survival.  We need only to trust in our compassionate Lord who loves us more than we can imagine and has everything under control.

This is easier said than done though, isn't it, not letting our emotions get the best of us?  The bible doesn't say it is easy though, but in its pages, we do find the answers for navigating those storms of life.  In Philippians 4:6-7 we see the means to surviving the storms.   No matter what circumstance or circumstances we find ourselves in, we need to remember to pour our hearts out to God, not being afraid to dump everything at His feet.   Everything.  The anger.  The frustration.  The heartache.  The tears.  If we do this while seeking His ways and not our own, knowing that no matter what, God has our best interests in mind, we will obtain peace of mind. 

Peace of mind.  Rest for our weary souls from the worry and the strife.  That is what we all want really, isn't it?  A life where there are no twists and turns or bumps in the road.  While God doesn't promise us the smooth ride in the physical realm, He does promise us that peace of mind, but it does take discipline to achieve.  We must develop a habit of telling God about our problems and trusting Him to fix them.  Rather than talking to ourselves, going down that mental parade of worry, we must always remember to take our problems to God.   He may not fix them, but He will fix us, through the power of Jesus Christ in us.  Now, that is something to be thankful for, don't you think?

Thoughts to ponder:

1) How quickly do I go to God with my problems?  Do I tend to dwell on them or do I immediately talk to God about them?

2) Do I really trust in God's goodness, that everything I'm going through is for my benefit?

3) Am I too proud to go to God with my problems by thinking I've got everything under control?  Am I willing to go to Him every hour, every minute if I need to to obtain peace?