There seems to be so much anxiety today.  We are in the hustle and bustle of many spring events—graduations, spring sports, children out of school, the longer days sometimes equating to simply trying to do more. Over the past few decades, studies have shown that Americans are the most anxious people in the world. We take the most medication for it, see doctors to treat it, and spend fortunes trying to relieve it. How have we let our fears get the better of us? 

Remember the promises of Philippians 4 : 4-8:  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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's which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This passage from Paul's epistle contains an antidote to anxiety that will help us develop a mindset of resilience and peace. As Pastor Dave reminded us weeks ago in the sermon about prayer, consider an opportunity to rediscover the power of prayer and take control of your thoughts. You can rest in "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."

Our assignment is not frenzy but faithfulness. The secret anxiety-free living is less about doing more and more about abiding.

May you come to God in prayer about your anxious hearts. Just be. Be present. Be kind. Be humble. Be loving. Be.

Through God’s peace,

Tammy Heflebower

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