Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Since my attending the Awaken Workshop, I have developed a renewed excitement when I take the time to read God’s Word. I find myself forming new thought habits. My prayers are now in the form of praises.
When I think of my past, the choices I made were out of fear – mostly fear of what others would think of me – now fear is being replaced by trust and hope. I’ve always known God has only good planned for me and now my thoughts are beginning to line up with that. Worry was another constant companion of mine, intricately tangled up with fear. But now I’m finding joy, peace and confidence flooding over me and washing away my worry, making me wonder if it had ever been real.
The first week after the workshop, I was so full of joy, I was giddy! I would love to be like that all the time it was so wonderful! Living life is full of a grand assortment of the good, the bad, and the mundane and though I may not be happy all the time, the fruits of the Spirit reside in me and in just a turn of my thoughts I can see them there, and I am truly thankful and amazed!
So let this prayer be spoken for you:
God of peace, I thank you for your Spirit, a fountain of life, free for the asking, endless in supply. Rise up to overflowing in the person reading this, filling them with your joy. I thank you that you love them and have only good for them. May they have open hearts to receive. Amen!