Is it weird to be encouraged by your own podcast? Haha. I have found this happen many times and I guess it really shouldn’t surprise me. After all, the encouragement comes from diving into the Bible and the Holy Spirit speaks to each of us through it, including me. All that to say, this happened to me with this week’s podcast episode and as a result I have spent the last few days enjoying the peace. Let me explain.
The podcast was about thorns and one of those mentioned in the Bible is life’s worries (Luke 8:14). While I think it is fair to say that Katy’s biggest worries tend to be about the kids, I save my worrying for all things Chosen Gen.
- How are we going to get it all done and are we focusing on the right things?
- We always need more time. Should we step out onto the water and go full-time? What does that even mean?
- God you seem so silent sometimes. Are you still behind us?
- Can people see my hearing aids in that Adventure Log photo? (Haha. I’m just seeing if you are still with me.)
In the podcast, we described how we need to poison this thorn by reminding ourselves of who God is. Frankly, this can sound kind of flowery, until you start listing what the Bible teaches us:
God is the I AM. He is the beginning and the end. He spoke all things into existence. He has all power and authority. He knows all things. He is ever-present. He is holy. He is perfectly just and perfectly love. He is our Abba, Father. (Just to mention a few of them.)
When I think of these things, it reminds me of when God has just spoken to Job (Job 38-42), he is left humbled and basically speechless.
So, what do we do about all the real things in life that can worry us?
The answer: We turn our troubles, worries, anxieties over to God in prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -Philippians 4:6
The result: We get his peace that transcends all understanding.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
This is what I have practiced doing since recording the podcast and, God’s Word is true, I have felt so much peace over things. God, my loving heavenly Father, is in control and he is able to help me in all things.
So, let me encourage you. When you start to worry (because things are out of your control), turn those cares over to God in prayer. He is with you and has full control over all things. Enjoy the peace!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27