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When you’re worried, pray and thank God

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, and I’m drinking a pumpkin spice cappuccino,¬†thankful for the quiet at home (Ray is at work). My plan today is to finish my Bible study on The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer, the woman who starred as the mom in War Room.

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Priscilla Shirer’s Bible study

Recently I had a book signing and sale at The Carpenter’s Cup Christian bookstore and coffee shop in Butler, and the store owner Becky Clift invited me to join a ladies’ Bible study there on Monday evenings. (Be sure to check out this cool store if you are passing through Butler!)

This week I’ve been studying the shoes of peace. One of my biggest struggle areas is worrying and stressing out too much, especially over our kids and grandkids. (Actually the way my family puts it is, “Stop freaking out, mom!”)

I deeply desire to be a woman of great faith, but I’m still very much a work in progress. I’m praying for God to help me walk in these shoes of peace each day, because they’re a powerful weapon against Satan.

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Marines in war

The author of this Bible study, Priscilla Shirer, says that anywhere peace is lacking, you can be sure the enemy Satan is at work. She writes on page 95:

“Of all the things the enemy seeks to steal, kill, and destroy in your life, peace is almost always at or near the top of his list. He intentionally stirs up discord, division, disruption, and disturbance, both within you and around you. He is the lord of chaos and confusion, using every opportunity to upset your sense of well being and stability. He wants you uneasy, unbalanced, filled with anxiety, worry, and turmoil. Lacking peace.”

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Without our shoes of peace, we become unfit for spiritual warfare, unable to advance against the enemy, she writes. Fear, stress, and worry distract you. They imprison you.

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anchor

This lack of peace will keep you and me from being clearheaded and able to fight Satan, Priscilla writes on page. 99. But God’s peace will anchor your soul, tethering it to the security found in His gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. ¬†

The way we get that peace is by spending time each day in prayer and reading and meditating on the Bible,¬†being transformed by God’s¬†word renewing our minds.¬†(Romans 12:2)

Trusting in Him, instead of in our own power. Thanking Him, because “prayer shrouded in gratitude expresses a firm faith. Concentrating on Him instead of being absorbed by our circumstances tells the Lord that we believe He is able to override and overcome even the most difficult issues.” God responds by releasing His peace within us.

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Woman praying

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned from this study so far is this: when I’m worried or stressing out, pray and thank God. What a revelation!

“Any time you feel worry or anxiety creeping into your heart, take it as your cue to turn your attention to God. Pray. Trust Him. Be grateful. And watch His peace–a peace you cannot even begin to explain–swell in your experience. Then you feet will be fitted with the shalom of God.” (p. 112)

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woman worrying

Do you struggle with worrying or stressing out too much? Leave your comments below. 

“May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, HCSB)

I highly recommend this Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. You can purchase it at LifeWay here.

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Metamorphosis: Transformed from Fear to Faith

Copyright 2016 Beth Jones

Are you like me and worry or stress out too much? Do you battle fear? I’ve written a new book, Metamorphosis: Transformed from Fear to Faith.

It will be available soon as an eBook for your Kindle on Amazon!¬†If you aren’t already signed up on my personal mailing list, be sure to sign up at the top of the page on the right hand side, so you’ll be first to know the details when it releases soon!

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The Mad Hatter and God-colors in the world

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

Children being read the story “I am Jazz” about a transgender child without consulting parents first, in the name of “tolerance and respect.”

Bruce Jenner, a man, saying he’s a woman.

The world saving whales but killing babies.

A potential “deal” with Iran, who wants to blow Israel off the map. Iran wants to do this to¬†Israel, the Jews, the apple of God’s eye, His Beloved, chosen people.

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Mad Hatter
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It’s as if the whole world has gone crazy, in the hands of the Mad Hatter. While the Alice in Wonderland cartoon may be funny, it’s not amusing what’s happening in the real world. It’s terrifying.

Satan is the Mad Hatter. He hates God and he hates God’s people, the Jews and Christians. Satan knows his time is very short and that Jesus is coming soon.

My heart is broken and I fear for our nation, America. I’m especially afraid for our children’s and our grandchildren’s sake.¬†God’s heart is broken for us, too. He weeps over us as Jesus cried over Jerusalem, killing her prophets and Him, their Messiah.

But I lean on and lean into God, trusting Him. I continue to intercede in prayer. God will never leave us or forsake us, and He will remember His covenant with His remnant.

The good news is that despite the world growing increasingly darker and more frightening, God is still in control.

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We as Christians can be God’s light shining forth, God-colors in the world, His glory and His¬†treasure inside jars of clay to show His surpassing power.¬†

So no matter what is happening around us, or what is coming, don’t be afraid. Trust God. His promises are true and forever.

 

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What are you afraid of?

mountain sunset highwayThis past week I was in Diane Cunningham‘s Five Day Be Brave Be Seen Challenge on Facebook. Diane encouraged the women to conquer their fears, step out to be brave and courageous, and to become more visible online with their business.¬†

Everyone battles fear. Fear is your enemy. It will stop you from fulfilling your great potential and purpose. You won’t be able to run the race and get to the mountain top of all that God has planned for you if you allow fear to take you captive.

What are you afraid of? What fear(s) is holding you back from what God has called you to do and to be?

Below I share more about fear in my video, Push Past the Fear. Click on the link below to view it.

Push Past The Fear

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