Sunday, April 3, 2016

THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY ~A FEW MORE NUGGETS




It's been several Sunday's since I  shared the"nuggets" from Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow so here are a couple more.  

LESSON #9 ~ FAITH
The bridge to contentment is called FAITH.  Faith raises us above our circumstances.  Faith enables us to be content even when life doesn't make sense.  Faith is the bulwark that keeps us strong even when we're assailed by agonizing thoughts about what MIGHT happen, or by what HAS happened.

Remember:
  • God is Sovereign
  • God is Wise
  • God is Love

LESSON #10 ~WHAT IF?  WHAT IF?  WHAT IF? 
What If's look to the future, and worries about what God might allow.  This brings anxiety to the heart.  

Remember:  Blessed is the (woman) who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  For (she) will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit" (Jeremiah 17:5-8)

The "How To" for combating worry.
  • Ask yourself what is the worst that can possibly happen.
  • Prepare to accept it if you have to.
  • Then calmly proceed to improve the worst.
Its been said that over 90% of the "what if's" we dread NEVER happen.

But sometimes they do.   What if I get cancer, what if my child is in a horrible accident, what if my husband has a heart attack.  By the way all three of these things happended to us, but worry wouldn't have changed anything and God was faithful. We accepted it, and tried to calmly moved on with our lives.  And through all those life challenges, we became closer and stronger. 

I know many of you are going through difficult times but I encourage you to cross the bridge of Faith, and trust God with the outcome.

Love you all, and pray you have a great week.

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    1. I'm so glad you found it so. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks Tammy. Sending blessing back to you.

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  3. A very beautiful and thoughtful blog Wanda.

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  4. Amen to that, Wanda. I struggle with what if's even though most have never happened. I keep a journal of all the ways God has seen me through and the what if'shave to leave as I recall those times. Happy Sunday.

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    1. I like your journal idea. I journal too and it's always a gage of where we were and where we are, and hopefully we have moved forward.

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  5. thanks for these inspiring lessons, really calming advice.

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    1. It's a wonderful book, and I'm only sharing some nuggets from the chapters that have changed my way of thinking.

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  6. I love your gentle way of giving encouragement. Life is nerve wracking to say the least, and every one is filled with opportunities to grow and find God faithful. The woods are still dark and sometimes scary. Looking into the shadows can leave me frightened and unsure, and I often have to remind myself that although I often feel alone, He is with me.
    I love you.

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    1. Dear Martha...I just finished Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English. Just a few steps away, you may find the meadow at the edge of the woods. If you do....don't turn around and go back to the woods and shadows. There is so much waiting you ahead. I've been so encouraged by Pilgrims Progres in Modern English, as I finally understand the book.

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  7. for some reason this post brought tears to my eyes,,
    thank you so much for your inspiration,,

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    1. I'm brought to tears many times when something touches my soul. This book made such a difference in my life as I read it for the first time years ago, and have taught it to several women's Bible studies. Thanks for your moving comment.

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  8. Wanda, Thank you. I like reading these lessons. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Susie, so glad you are reading and enjoying these nuggets. The book is so full of rich stories and lessons...but the nuggets capture a lot of the meaning.

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  9. I try not to be a what-iffer, but I am. Doesn't do any good though... so I try to just live in the moment. Easier said than done some days!

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    1. You got that right...it a battle to be lost or won. Some days are easier, I agree.

      One day at a time...that's all we get!

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  10. This is a very good word, Wanda, and you are a testament to not letting that fear dominate but to keep moving on. Faith truly shown in action. Thank you.

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  11. I just started reading Calm my Anxious Heart !!! Thanks for blessing me with your wisdom and sharing this book reference ....loving it so far ...only on Chptr 3 ... HEART = MIND (calm my mind, thoughts & emotions) is what I needed to work on !!! Yes I am in a STORM been here for quite some time ... I am keeping my faith in the process quieting my mind to find peace ...I know this will pass ... I need to LET GO ...(STRONGHOLD) move on and let God take over from here ....So glad I found your blog ...truly has blessed me (hugs) ;)

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