Take A Pill!!

How many times have we heard this expression?   As one who has had a hard time calming down, I have taken this advice and the pill to go with it.  The world we live in is moving at an accelerated pace.  I truly admire women who have full time jobs, kids, husband, and a household to keep up with and successfully juggle them all.  I don’t know what I do all day, but it takes me all day to do it!  It seems as though I never get caught up, even though I do not work outside of the house.  The stress of trying to get all the things done in a day to keep family and home running smoothly is tremendous.  The stress that Christian husbands go through to make a living in this sinful world of temptation can bring some to the breaking point as well.  Adding to this is that now it is common for families to be separated by hundreds if not thousands of miles.  The pressure to find a good town and neighborhood to raise the family in is a big factor.  I could go on and on.

There is help, and it is not in an amber colored bottle of pills.  It begins in the pages of the Bible.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  “Be careful” here means to not be anxious or worry about the things of this life.  “Let your requests be made known unto God”, the Bible says He already knows what we need, but there is something powerful in just asking Him for help.  Prayer keeps the lines of communication open between us and God.  He wants to hear from us.  I know as a mother how much it means to me to hear the phone ring and know it is our daughter.  I always thing of the song Jesus On The Main Line here!  One of the lines in it says “you can call Him up and tell Him what you want”.  It is so true that once we invite the Lord into our lives He does bring a peace that endures through all the trials we face.  The peace God brings “passeth all understanding” of those who do not call Him up.  When they see the calm the believer has in the face of life’s storms it is beyond comprehension to them.  When our world seemingly is falling apart, we have the assurance that a better world is waiting for us.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

To avoid anxiety we need to avoid the things that cause anxiety if at all possible.  Paul lists 8 things that should fill our hearts and minds.  Some may say that I am burying my head in the sand but I have greatly limited the amount of news I read about or watch on television.  I had to quit.  I would hear about things that would haunt me long after the television was turned off.  I know how evil the world is.  I also know Who is in control. Satan may have temporary reign, but God has got this!  God is working all these things according to His divine plan.  This too is something that passes my understanding, but I have peace knowing that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. (1John 4:4)  The greatest battles are in the mind of the believer.  Paul is telling his readers to follow his example.  Follow the teachings of Jesus; fill your mind and heart with the Gospel to reduce anxiety.  Our situation may not change, but our thoughts will for “the God of peace SHALL be with you.”  It don’t get any better than that!

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

In the love of Christ,