Worry, strive & anxiety have been a part of my life for so long that it seemed normal. I got used to it. I woke in the morning, worried about my bank account. “I need to check it to be sure it’s not overdrawn…again.”

During the day, I became angry when someone was rude, or interrupted me when I was speaking. “Ooo, that really irritates me when she does that!”

So much anxiety about what tomorrow will bring…or Not bring!

Then, one day, a friend noticed that irritated expression on my face,  & began to talk to me about it. She went from talking about me, to talking about God. That wasn’t something I expected to happen… But I found myself listening & answering her questions about why I was upset. She seemed genuinely concerned, and that was so different for me, And comforting to me!

Later, I found myself reading the Bible app that I allowed her to add to my phone during this little “talk.”

As I read through the scriptures, the words of Jesus spoke to me, and I found even more comfort as I read.

Soon, I became addicted to that app, looking at it whenever I had some “down-time,” in the doctors’ office, sitting in bed, or whenever I was alone.

Something had changed.

I don’t actually remember when, or where or how. But there is definitely something different going on inside my heart:

  • I’m more aware of my finances, so I don’t even need to check my bank account each-and-every day!
  • I put my trust in God, because, I know that if I can’t pay a bill, all I have to do is call on Jesus, then call the bill-collector. And things will work out, even if it doesn’t turn out the way I expect.
  • I’m calmer, somehow. Things don’t irritate me like thing used to irritate me. “What did she say? That’s crazy!” I’ll say to myself with a laugh.

What’s different?

Jesus has actually made me “light.” He’s made me laugh. In His presence is joy evermore! That secret place is where I want to be every day and every night! ~ Wrapped in His Love!

Early church tradition affirms that apostle Peter was the author of this letter, First Peter.

Indeed, the purpose of this letter was not to provide a record of the life of Christ, but instead, Peter was encouraging Christians with the comforting spiritual realities behind the persecution they faced.

Peter wanted to emphasize — JESUS, THE OVERSEER & CHIEF SHEPHERD — of all Christians, and when He appears, those who have a relationship with Him will, also, be glorified.

7 casting all your care [anxiety] upon him, because he [“Chief Shepherd”]

cares for you. https://youtu.be/qkOFKPJQ6a8

13  Peace to you all, who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

I encourage you —

…to memorize ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬-7.

“In nothing be anxious;

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

That word…Entreat, appeal, beg, petition, beseech, plead, invocation, request, solicit, urge, pray!!

And the peace of God, [there’s nothing like it; you can’t buy it!]

which passeth all understanding,

• shall guard ..shall keep…

• … your hearts (Yes, your heart hurts, but only for a while),

•  and your mind & your thoughts, (You’re preoccupied with the heartache, but only for awhile),

enjoying life…smiling and sharing more love…in Christ Jesus.”

  #encourage  #inspireothers

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