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Spiritual Ramblings from a Modern Day Husband and Dad

Give Your Worries to God

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  (Philippians 4:6)

Ramblings from Evan’s dad “Give us this day our daily bread”…that is a very comforting thought in today’s world. Watching TV last night I saw a couple being interviewed that had lost much of their 401K. They were concerned and worried about retirement. They weren’t just worrying about their daily bread, they were worrying about their lifetime bread.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the fears of this world. Don’t get me wrong, its OK, to try and be wise with your money for the future. I like what St. Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depends on you.” But it’s nice to know that as a follower of Jesus Christ, God gives us this promise of providing our daily bread. It should remind us to live today with our eyes wide open, soaking up God’s goodness, and enjoying His creation. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow.

This text from Philippians is one of my favorites. I memorized it early on with Dr. Jim, yet there are still many times I don’t apply it to my life like I should. A problem or dilemma arises and I worry about it, instead of taking verse 6 at face value and “worry about NOTHING, but in everything with prayer, and thankfulness, present it to God.”  When you present something to someone, it should be an act of giving, and not giving Him the concern and then taking it back so you can worry about it some more. The other thing I need to remember is the God of Creation wants to know my concerns. He wants to take care of my daily needs (not daily want’s). I like what Rick Warren says, “Gratitude is the healthiest emotion you can have…The more you develop an attitude of appreciation for God, your family, and other people, the healthier you are emotionally.” Considering what we are hearing on the nightly news, I think we could all stand to be a little healthier emotionally.

In Philippians Paul goes on to tell us in verse 7 that if we do verse 6, “the peace of God that goes beyond our understanding, will guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus”. Why can’t I get that through my thick skull?

When I slow down for a minute, close my eyes and meditate on the peace of God through Christ Jesus, my whole perspective changes. The brevity of life here comes into focus, and I truly have a peace that passes all understanding, with a grateful heart to my Creator and my Savior.

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Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

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Getting Stuck on Spiritual Infancy

Come, be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9 NLT)

Ramblings from Connor’s dad  I can’t help but think what we would be like intellectually, if we went to school exactly like we go to church. Once a week, for 20 minutes of singing and then a 45 minute lecture (that we are never tested on).

As one friend would say, “we’d all be dumber than a bag of rocks!” Yet that is what many do when it comes to our faith. We have a moment in our life when we feel the Holy Spirit beckoning us to come, and accept the gift of salvation through Jesus and the blood He shed for our sins. Then we seem to want to check that off, and say “ok, got that out of the way, now I need to go on about life”.

Sadly, those of us who do that, spiritually, stay “dumber than a bag of rocks”. What’s worse, we tell people we are Christians and then, ignorantly mislead them. Imagine being the unchurched neighbor, that see’s them leaving for church on Sunday (for their 45 minute lecture, that they listen to, while checking their friends FB posts!)  Then the immature Christian, has opportunity after opportunity with said neighbor, and drop’s the ball miserably because they are still an infant.

Imagine the mistakes we make as we attempt to grow in Christ, and then multiply that by 100, and that is what kind of Christian the world seems to see the most.

Whenever I read Romans 12:1 it always convicts me to strive to grow in Christ by Paul telling me “I beseech you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your REASONABLE service.” He was telling the Romans, and us, that Jesus died a horrible death for our sins, so living a sacrificial life for God is only reasonable service.

In other words God doesn’t want us laying around like a bag of rocks.  We are told in Luke 10:27 that He wants us to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength…and all our mind!

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But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

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