Philippians 4:4-7

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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. - Philippians 4:4-7

Dear Jesus, 

I love this passage because it gives me your divine plan for what I am to do with my stress.  I can bring every problem to you and dump it off at your feet like your mother did at that the wedding of Cana in John 2.  I do not have to helplessly mull over all the scenarios of how things might go for me and my loved ones.  Instead, I can give it to you and let you handle it.  Then I can be stress free, gentle, and loving to all those around me.  Thank you for teaching us through Paul the secret of spiritual stress management.  It's a relationship with you, our loving and powerful Savior, who listens to our needs and promises to work out the best for us.  Oh Jesus, guard my heart and mind from the ravages of worry!


Pastor Don Patterson

God loves being God. Not just of the universe, but of our vulnerable hearts.