It’s been a week! Ever had one?
Steve and I were traveling for some meetings and all our flights were delayed, forcing us to lose our reservation at one hotel and making us scramble to get a new reservation at 12:30 AM in another city. When we got into our room, Steve paused and said, “Uh Beck, there’s a man in our bed!” We quickly exited!
When we finally landed in South Florida where we had meetings, there were tornado warnings.
Then, I had a problem with the service that runs my email list… many were accidentally deleted. Groan.
Yesterday, after a few meetings, Steve and I stopped at an outlet mall. While I was making a couple of purchases, the store clerk locked the doors. Swat teams were all around and the exits were blocked due to some type of suspected shooter in a nearby store. The clerks in the store ushered us out through the back entrance.
What’s ironic is during this week, I’ve discovered a new song. It’s so new, in fact, that I can’t find it on iTunes. It was sung this past week at Passion 2024 and it’s called, “My Father Has It.”
It starts, “Look at the flowers in all of their beauty,
I don’t have to wonder, you know what you’re doing.
So why would I worry at all, you’re faithful to supply all that I need…
Everything I need, my Father has it.”
As I listened to this song throughout the week, my prayer became, Lord, take me deeper in trusting you!
Canceled flights? My Father has it.
Tornados? My Father has it.
Strangers in our hotel bed? My Father has it.
Ministry challenges? My Father has it.
Jesus asked, “Why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. …Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:28-29, 34).
As a person who has wrestled with anxiety, I must continually lean into the bedrock truth that my Father in Heaven is good and He has it!
In your life, you likely have a lot of worries as well. It’s possible that anxiety has been your battle. Maybe your worries include a health diagnosis or a wayward child. Maybe it’s financial challenges or relational friction. I don’t know. I just know that anxiety is at an all-time high. Here’s the assurance I can offer you: your Father in Heaven has it!
How do we not just cope but live victoriously over anxiety? Here are a few practical suggestions:
Memorize a few key emergency verses. Know just a few verses that you can take your mind to and rehearse on a moment’s notice. Some of my favorites are Psalm 46, Psalm 27, and Isaiah 40:28-31.
Listen to worship music. Don’t just listen to the music, but allow it to prompt your praise. As you listen and praise God, the Holy Spirit will strengthen your courage muscles.
Get moving. Take a walk. Exercise stimulates your endorphins and helps bring calm. God has wired you as body, soul, and spirit. As you take care of your body and get enough sleep and exercise, you stand a better chance of lowering your anxiety.
Here’s the thing, Friends: we don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we can be assured that our Father who is loving, kind, and good has it. He will provide all that you need!
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This week on The Connected Mom Podcast, we’re talking with best-selling author Sharon Jaynes about praying for your kids from head to toe!