Giving My Concerns To God
I have to confess that a few days ago I was feeling quite stressed about my lengthy to-do list and all I need to accomplish before my sweet daughter arrives. I know, I know; she could care less if the bedding matches the window treatments or if I choose the perfect fabric for the glider. But between preparing the baby room and still settling into our new house, I was a little overwhelmed. (Okay, I still am.) I decided to take a bath and bring my Bible study with me to read some good truth. Actually, I brought two books: Faithful, Abundant, True by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I loved how God used both of the books to combine the truth into what I needed to take to heart.
Faithful, Abundant, True by Priscilla Shirer, pgs 96-98:
“Every single thing that concerns you concerns God. That’s right; all of it. Every little detail of your life is on the mind of God. All this talk about the grandeur and greatness of God may tempt you to think the little things in your life might not cross His mind. But you can rest assured that He cares about it all, not just if it’s big but also if it’s small…
Our attitude and ability to find peace in the midst of situations may often be directly tied to our understanding of prayer. Philippians 4:6 states, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” We can needlessly suffer anxiety due to our unwillingness to hand over our requests and petition to God…
Romans 8:32 asks, Since God delivered His Son up for us all, “how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (NASB). In other words, “If I loved you enough to die for you, don’t you think I love you enough to take care of you? Don’t you think that the little things that concern you are things that indeed concern me?” And honestly, there really are no small concerns, are there? Because if it’s something that’s bothering you, it is not small, is it? It certainly doesn’t feel that way. If it’s important to you, then rest assured that it’s important to God…
God has great appreciation for what we may consider the small details of life. Matthew 10:29-31 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Jesus pointed out how little earthy value is placed on sparrows. Yet despite their earthly value, the Father is keenly aware of their activity. Isn’t it comforting that our God is not just equated with generalities but is also concerned with our specifics as well?”
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, pg 220, July 29 entry
“Come to Me continually. I am meant to be the Center of your consciousness, the Anchor of your soul. Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far you allow it to wander. An anchor on a short rope lets a boat drift only slightly before the taut line tugs the boat back toward the center. Similarly, as you drift away from Me, My Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to Me. As you become increasingly attuned to My Presence, the length of rope on your soul’s Anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug–telling you to return to your true Center in Me.
Hebrews 6:19: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.
Matthew 22:37: Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
God reminded me that He wants me to bring everything that concerns me to Him in prayer and at the same time, to keep my eyes focused on Him as my Center. I have been breathing a little easier the past few days as I try to keep God the main thing in my life and give Him the other details floating around in my mind (like hanging pictures, picking paint colors, and organizing piles).
I may need to read this entry again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that to remind myself of this truth all over again!