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Wednesday, July 23 2014


In the midst of sudden panic, on–going anxiety, fear or even terror, it is often hard to have faith. It’s hard to remember to breathe, cry out and know that God is there and at work on our behalf. We often get stuck in the fear. Yet, He’s right there waiting for you to TRUST, to HOPE, to LOVE, to OBEY, to REST, to be FAITHFUL, and to PRAY. Our Heavenly Father wants our burdens. But how do we change our ways to become less anxious and more willing to give them to Jesus when life’s circumstances get difficult? We have to practice our part in remaining in faith before the fear hits. Our brains need exercise, just like our bodies. And the more we practice our part, the easier it is to access Him when a crisis hits or fear wants to take over.



Trust is a hard one for most of us. Trust in mankind is shaky ground. There ARE trustworthy people, but God knows our human weakness and the best of man will somehow fail or forsake us. But God assures us He will NOT!  When life gets messy we must trust that He is working behind the scene and has a good plan for us. No matter what our situation looks like at the moment, His plan is for our good and His glory.

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”


Hope allows us to dream and imagine circumstances to be better or improved. Our trust and faith in God and His almighty power offers us hope. When we commit to walking obediently with the Lord, we know our life will be better. We have hope of things yet to come!

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”


Fear and difficult circumstances tempt us to lean on our own understanding and strength. We get caught up in trying to figure things out, fix them and subsequently end up turning away from God. If there is a problem, then God already has a solution in mind. The more we obey and cling to his promises and remember His faithfulness, the more readily we can live in faith and that will overcome fear!

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.


Physical and spiritual rest is one of the most important gifts we can receive.  If Jesus, himself, required rest then it must be important! Rest requires us to give up our worries to God. Hand Him your worries and burdens, whether big or small, and feel the peace move in. HE is the burden bearer, not us. Let Him do his job and take up our part… His light yoke!

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


We love because God first loved us. He is love and we are called to love above all else. Love requires us to trust. We must trust God’s love for us and grow in the knowledge of that love. When we do this, fear and worry cannot exist. His perfect love expels fear. Our love for God and for others flows out of His love for us. We must practice receiving His love.

Romans 8:37-39 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."


Often it is hard to believe or imagine that things can be different or better. However, the more we operate from the belief that God is in control and loves us, the more clear the concept will become and more evident our new reality.  Faith keeps us free from fear. We believe even though we do not see God, and believe that He is ever present and working for our good. Our faith gives us courage and staying power when storms hit because we know we are not alone.

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


In any relationship, communication is the key component and it is no different with God. Our Lord desires to connect with us and prayer is the vehicle.  He created us to be in relationship with Him. In prayer, we hear His heart of love for us, and take hold of His solutions.  We are not limited to our own finite solutions! Prayer is the pipeline to the creator of the Universe.  All His resources are available to us and work on our behalf. Prayer is vital!

Philippians 4:6-7 “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, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.


Practice Trust, Hope, Obedience, Rest, Love, Faith and Prayer and see what happens. You will be amazed at God’s presence in your life and how different you handle life’s curve balls.  Fear will no longer have a grip on you, and faith will get you through anything. So walk with God daily and experience peace.

Things go better with Faith!

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Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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