May 24

SLL Week 7, Day 5 ~ Take Away & Give Away

 

Well Ladies, we certainly have had an eye-opening week!  We’ve learned the hard truth about how our attitudes really do affect the level of stress in our lives.  However, as we’ve seen this week when we make an intentional effort to fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable we actually do live a Stressed-Less Life!  As we leave Chapter 7 with Philippians 4:8 planted in our hearts, I want to bring one of my favorite scriptures to you that I meditate on daily.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34

Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries recently shared with me something she has done for years that has helped her keep focused on the day at hand.  Lysa said, each morning she asks, “What is my assignment for today Lord?” and that is what she would commit to focusing on for just that day.  Something about that simple question has personally changed the way I approach my days so that I don’t become so overwhelmed with stress.  I would like to encourage you to try approaching God in and throughout each day with this question as well.

Do you have any verses that help you stay focused on your day and help to wipe out the chaos that can so easily distract us from what God’s assignment is? If you do, write them down, identify them in your Bible, and share them with us. If you don’t, well isn’t it a great day to find some? (Hint, if this seems overwhelming, just Google it! I just googled, Bible verses about stress and Bible verses about peace. It led me to so many awesome verses!)

Leave a comment today and share with us ways you’ve found helpful to stay focused on today and any verses that you find to be helpful in your everyday life. By sharing, we can learn so much from each other and grow closer to God through the power of His Word.

Week 7 Winner!

Thank you everyone for leaving comments and sharing your heart throughout the week.  I have truly been blessed and inspired by all of you!  This weeks winners for the Virtual Mini-Retreat Discovering God’s Will for your life with Christian Life Coach, Linda Kuhar are…..drum roll please…..Kym who commented May 20 @ 2:46pm and Marisa who commented May 22 at 4:34pm!  Congratulations ladies!  Please send me an email at linda@lindakuhar.com to receive your tickets.

***If you missed the Day 1 assignment you can access it here.

***If you missed the Day 2 assignment you can access it here.

***If you missed Day 3 you can access it here.

***If you missed Thursday Blog Hop access it here.

Melissa

Comments

  1. Janet F says:

    John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”

    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

    Isaiah 40: 30,31 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

    Romans 16:20 “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

    Philippians 4:6,7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.”

    1 Peter 5: 6,7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

    Psalm 103: 1-5 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

    Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

    Psalm 9: 9,10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

    Psalm 34: 17-19. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

    Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

    • Paige Ward says:

      Thanks for the verses. A couple of them really stuck out to me!

    • This is a great list, thank you for posting them!!!

    • Janet! Wow, you get a gold star today! Thanks sooooo much for posting all of these verses. I feel like I just got a GIANT hug from God!

    • Marie (Ree) says:

      Thanks Janet! Some I have already committed to memory, and you have offered up some new ones for me to contemplate as well.

    • I love all of these. If I could only forever get beyond my screwy thinking about the fact that bad things still happen to God’s people. I know in my head if He allows it He has plans to use it, but I still have to fight the terror of it:(:(:(

      • Janet F says:

        You are all welcome, isn’t God’s word awesome!! I get goose bumps thinking of being in heaven and hearing Him speak to me face to face!!!

    • Lee Roberts says:

      Thanks for the verses I seem to always get them when I need them the most.

  2. Stephanie W. says:

    It has been a full week. I love the idea of googling verses on stress. I did that just now (and included worry) and now have a long list of verses to meditate on! Thank you!

    One of my favourite verses to refer to is 1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (NLT)

    I am working on using this verse every day. Some days it works and some days I forgot to turn to it.

    I think I will make up some little cards with these verses on them and just have them on my desk. Kinda of like the old-fashion roladex we used to use for phone numbers! A great project for this raining day!!

    Blessings to all!

    • I love the idea of a roladex for scriptures at my desk!!! I think that everything I look up a phone number at work now I will be reminded of scripture – that is a good thing!!! 😀

    • GREAT idea!!! Love the rolodex idea~ that’s awesome!

    • Katrina says:

      Stephanie, I love, love, love your rolodex idea! I had gotten inspired to start making “scripture bundles” this morning and I think organizing them into a rolodex would be perfect for my desk! One of the things I struggle with is retrieval when it comes to scripture references and so when I’m writing, or even just struggling with something throughout my day, the perfect scripture will often come to mind, but I can’t remember where its at, so I end up spending a lot of time trying to find them. Which isn’t all bad because it really helped me in learning where the different books are in the Bible, but can still be frustrating at times. I think this will help me with all that as well. thks for sharing!

      • I have written out all of our verses and a few more, plus things that people have posted or said that were inspiring to me. I have them in 3×5 cards on my desk at work and I look at them each day if I can. One of them usually jumps out at me and I keep that on top.
        I’m working on a photo board for my office and of course I have family photos there, but I am going to include each word typed out as its own and sprinkle them on then then board to remind me of …things that are pure, admirable, lovely, noble,excellent, praiseworthy.
        I gotta keep it in front of me in order to keep it fresh.

  3. Paige Ward says:

    Today I feel weary. But I am going to concentrate on God’s truth and not satan’s lies.

    Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

    2 Corinthians 5:7 – We live by faith, not by sight.

    1 John 4:4 – You, dear children (me), are from God and have overcome them (giants), because the one (God) who is in you is greater than the one (satan) who is in the world.

    Psalm 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and He answered me, He delivered me from all my fears.

    • These are wonderful versus, I always look to Galatians 6:9 for when I am feeling weary as well. Praying for energy and peace for you today :)

      • Paige, I’m there. Right there. Hebrews 13:5 is of great comfort today: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” May God lift you up and bless you today!

  4. I have always felt like a secret agent…I have a full time job; but my first priority is Sharing with the World who Christ is…in fact a friend of mine wrote a song Secret Agent Man- talking about the undercover work of the Christian! But we don’t want to keep it a secret…we want to share with the whole world – that Christ is Lord of All!!

    Thank you so much for the teaching you ALL provide…You are greatly appreciated!
    God Bless….

  5. MarcieSpencer says:

    What an awesome week of devotional blog posts! Here’s a verse I found for today~I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34: 4 NIV~~ Thank you, Linda Kuhar for the great take-aways!

  6. So many great verses! It just makes me want more of God’s Word! Don’t you just crave more!? Thank you, Linda, for leading us this week. I love the team effort! The verse I have tucked in my heart to deal with stress is Romans 8:31 “if God is for us, who can be against us?”! That verse has given me strength since I lived in New Jersey for 2 years. They were the toughest but most rewarding 2 years of my life.
    Love this community of believers! So glad we get to do life together :)
    Beth A. (OBS Group Leader)

    • Martha F. says:

      I love that verse too Beth….thanks for bringing it to the forefront of my mind this morning!

  7. Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” I had never read this verse from the message until today, but I love this translation! I have experienced rare glimpses of living in the moment without fear or worry and pray for that to become the norm.

    • I LOVE The Message! I feel like every single word speaks to me in it, and the way it is written it just “makes sense” so much more to me than any other translation. Praying that you experience living in the moment without fear or worry as the norm!!! :)

    • Katie – The message version of that verse is so powerful!! Thank you for sharing it.

  8. I love Matthew 6:34. I have been using this verse for years to help me stay focused each day. Every morning on my commute to work I pray and ask God to nudge my heart when I get off task and remind me to stay focused on the task at hand. If I get overwhelm, to remind me that everything will get done just as He planned. I will take guick prayer breaks to get through the day.
    This OBS has really helped me to focus on what is important and realize the only I can control is how I respond to everyday situations. To stay focused on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, I will go through the alphapet give God praise with a word from each letter. It’s a wonderful way to start the day. I praise the Lord for He is good.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      I love that, Gail. What a great idea. The alphabet thing is magnificent. I am going to pray the same thing so i don’t get off track. I want my focus to be on Him! Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas:-)

  9. Tristine says:

    Hi everyone. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing what Lisa prays daily. Without searching two come immediately to mind.

    Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God

    Psalm 34:6 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

    Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Matthew 6 :26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

    Isaiah 30:15a In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,

    Isaiah 40:30,31 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

    Psalms 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

    Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

    Psalms 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle

    Jeremiah 17:7,8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

  10. Karen R. says:

    Psalm 119:50
    This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.

    Col 4:2
    Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

    I love a lot of the others that have been listed too: John 14:27, Phil 4:6, etc.

  11. Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) – “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    This translation of the very always speaks to me. Anything throughout my day when I think about how I feel tired, or worn out, or like I cannot take another minute of whatever the day is throwing at me, I remember this verse and remember to seek Jesus. As soon as I do, my day immediately turns around, and if I walk with Him the rest of the day, I am no longer weary but joyful and energized!!! :)

  12. I love that verse… but this week, I tend to need the verse that says “Don’t worry about YESTERDAY!!!” :)

  13. Linda, thank you so much for your teaching this week! It’s been practical and so applicable this particular week.

    Two verses that I tend to go back to again and again are:

    Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

    1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

  14. This has been a great week of learning and challenge for me. I love Lysa’s practice of asking the Lord for today’s assignment. If only I could focus on just what God wants me to do right now. I have found these verses helpful when I start down the path of listening to the evil one and getting stressed.

    2 Thessalonians 3:3 – “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”

    John 16:33 – “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

    Psalm 37:1-5 –
    “1 Do not fret because of the wicked;
    do not be envious of wrongdoers,
    2 for they will soon fade like the grass,
    and wither like the green herb.
    3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
    4 Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.”

    • Barbara Prince says:

      Kim, I love the Psalm 37:1-5 verses. They are among my favorites. It helps to remember that God is God and He has me in the palm of His hand, nothing happens to me that He was unaware of before it even happened.
      B Prince, OBS small group leader

  15. Thanks for sharing all the verses, ladies. I know there are so many more but I will add one : Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes ALL things to work together for GOOD to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” If I could just discipline myself to remember this, I would never worry or be stressed. Lord, help me to focus on You, Your Word, & all the wonderful promises You have for me!

  16. Courtney says:

    OBS Sisters, thank you for all the verses! A few I use faithfully, and you guys gave me some to meditate on. Instead of repeating some of these great verses, I want to share on with you and explain why… It’s a little different… when I sometimes get stressed, I like to meditate on Proverbs 31:15a: “She also rises while it is yet night.” (Crickets)…

    I chose this one to share because an awesome speaker name Holly Wagner shared with the women of my church how to look at this verse differently. When stress come, problems, darkness, chaos, uncertainty, etc… SHE rises! SHE does not stress. SHE does not complain. SHE does not fret about tomorrow. SHE does not find the easy way out. SHE has the courage to rise. SHE has the courage to trust God with that crazy, unbelievable faith. SHE does not doubt, but accept what God allows. SHE remembers Jesus was faced with stress and darkness, but he remembered that he had to view the big picture and continue the mission to glorify God. SHE listens for God’s voice in all the clamor on what to do and how to proceed. SHE remembers to control what she can and trust god with all the rest.

    So while it is dark… SHE rises. :)

    I pray that this touches someone’s heart. God bless!

    • Barbara Prince says:

      It touch my heart, my dear sister. I love that thought and it is very uplifting. More importantly it is exactly what I must do to succeed. Thank you for sharing.
      Love in Christ,
      B Prince OBS small group leader

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      It certainly touched my heart. Wow! Love that.

    • Love it! What a great interpretation!
      Beth A. (OBS Group Leader)

    • Courtney – that touched my heart too! Oh, what a SHE can do with the power of God moving within her. Even getting up while it is still dark. (HA about the crickets!)

  17. Diane W. says:

    Linda, thank you for leading us. You always have encouraging things to say.

    I love Matt. 6:34 that was one of our stress busting scriptures, and also what you wrote today. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. Another scripture that I would love to tattoo on my forehead! That also goes along with our verse for the week. Phillippians 4:8. I have found myself, constantly saying this verse when negative thoughts come into my mind. I’d like to find a poster of this verse and frame it!

  18. Katrina says:

    The excercise today has me inspired to start making what I’m calling “scripture bundles.” For example, when I find myself becoming grumbly, it would be handy to have a “praise pack” to grab and read through that is filled with scriptures like 1 Thes 5:18, Psalm 86:12, and Rev 4:11. A “blessings bundle” would also be helpful in this case, to help us remember just how blessed we are when we become unappreciative. This could include our blessings list we’ve started through this study, in addition to scriptures about being blessed.

    This can be done for any area in our life we need to focus/work on. For a “pride pack” – John 15:5, Psalm 20:7, Proverbs 16:18. A “beginning bundle” would be great for scriptures to start your day out – scriptures that get you in the right frame of mind for the day. I like starting my day out with Psalm 5:3 and Psalm 63:1. New bundles could be created as needed and all bundles could be added to as you come across them.

    I’m got started on this today and plan to keep the bundles in my nightstand, but it would be great to eventually make a pack for my car too for when I’m on the go. I think I will also create a pg on my blog that keeps a list of bundles with the their coordinating scriptures so that others can access this and perhaps access this info and begin bundles of their own.

    As for today’s question, the scriptures that came to mind were 1 Cor 1:9, Jer 29:11, Phil 4:8 and 13, Prov 3:5-6 and 29:11 and 22, Math 6:33, Eph 4:26-27 and 31-32.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Wow! Another awesome idea. This is great. Thanks for the idea:-)

    • I love this idea, too! Stormie O’Martian and Beth Moore both have fantastic resources out there that help you pray God’s Word in particular areas of your life that you want to focus on – for those that don’t even know where to start! Thank you for sharing this idea, Katrina!

  19. Amber Oatman (OBS leader) says:

    Whenever I face worry or stress about a situation I like to reflect on all the times I have faced something similar and God has been faithful. I remember that God has seen our life from end to beginning and He is working everything for our good and His glory. We are being refined.
    “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
    “Resist him (the devil), steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:9-10

  20. Ephesians 3: 20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”

    God is bigger than anything I may face and He can do more than I can even imagine.

    Thank you for your wonderful teaching this week, Linda!

  21. Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

    I have so many but I will just a name a few that He has given me lately:

    1. When I was a little angry with God about my husband’s skin cancer (basal cell)…He gave me Hebrews 11:1. Just because I can’t see my answers right in front of me means nothing. That is not what faith is.

    2. John 15:5, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” I must depend and rely completely on Him.

    3. Romans 8:13, ” For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” The world is not my master. I only have ONE God.

    • Hebrews 11:1 is a great comfort and challenge to me, too, Kristy. We LOVE YOU SISTER and are keeping you and your husband lifted high!

  22. Rebecca says:

    I love the scriptures people are listing on here. My go to is the scriptures or certain quotes that I see on pinterest or different places that might go along with my scriptures or music.

  23. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Ps 46 10

    Ahhhhh… peace

  24. I am working on my attitude and putting God first.I am twice a cancer survivor and I know what it is like to have fears. I have tried to turn my fears over to God,When I do this the fears are less and easier to manage.God has taken care of me and he will never leave me.

  25. Beth S. says:

    I just finished reading this chapter this morning! I was behind, and I now feel like I can proceed with the group once again. Yeah! I still need to answer the reflection questions, add some things to my journal/blog, and look for Bible verses, but I feel confident I will be ready for the next chapter on Sunday!

    Two things to share:

    My husband is making a decision about his role in the basketball program at the high school where I used to teach. Every time we talk about it, I feel my stress level rise. I am upset about several aspects of the situation, and I usually let that affect me to the point that I am affected physically. Today was different. Today nothing about the situation bothered me. Why? Because I can’t change anything about it. I have prayed about it and turned it over to God (asking him to lead my husband to the decision that needs to be made). I have no control over it. It doesn’t affect me except through how it affects my husband and the decision has to be his. He talked; I listened. I felt peace; we moved on to a different topic of conversation without my interjection of ANY of my opinions and frustrations. Better for me. Better for my husband!

    Item #2 was an email and subsequent phone class from my school dean concerning a plagiarism issue. At the end of the semester I was quite stressed about this issue to the point where I couldn’t sleep and my chest was hurting from just thinking about it. Why? I abhor plagiarism, in this case a student copying passages from websites into a research paper and not citing. I had spent two hours one evening Google-ing passages and color-coding copied passages from the sites to the passages in the submitted paper. Often we instructors have been encouraged to talk with the students and use these situations as ‘teachable moments’and there is no penalty to the student; however, this was so serious (at least 70% of the paper was copied with no citations), that a report of academic dishonety had to be filed. When I received the call today, I was totally calm, and my dean was totally supportive of my position. No stress. No rise in BP.

    Score TWO for me today!

    • God Bless you. That had to be an overwhelmingly diffiucult issue. Thank The Lord he was able to bring peace to your heart and your reaction was calm. That could only be made possible through the greatness of God”, the student needs to learn a lesson, but so did you….Lean on Him.

  26. Chantale says:

    “Renew in me a pure heart, create in me a steadfast spirit” Psalm 51:10 a quick prayer that recalibrates my soul and focuses my thoughts. Amongst so many other verses…God’s word is amazing and the more of it that is hidden in my heart the greater His peace in my spirit.

    I am so blessed my this group and everyone’s sharing. It is encouraging and inspiring!

  27. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). It is extremely reassuring to me that even when I can’t see it, God is working in it for my good.

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      I have found myself quoting this scripture a lot lately:-)

  28. Ok nobody laugh, each morning I take an elevator down to my parking garage and as it goes down I mentally put on the full armor of God to get ready for my day. By the time I get out I am fully dressed with God’s protection. It’s awesome!

    Ephesians6:10-17
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

  29. kim in ma says:

    Good morning, sisters in Christ! I didn’t see the prayer & praise section for today, so I hope that many of you will get a chance to see this. I am asking for prayer for my cousins little boy. Charlie went to his 6 month check up yesterday and the dr. found a mass in his abdomen. They immediately sent him to Children’s Hospital for tests, but are pretty certain it is Nuroblastoma. From what I understand the mass is pretty large. Of course, these young unbelievers are beside themselves with worry and fear! I ask to pray for a miracle, but whatever God’s perfect will is, I pray that this family will be brought to Him through all of this. I thank you all, precious woman of faith for sharing this prayer request with me!

  30. Kim, count me in among those praying for Charlie.

  31. I did a search for verses on peace and it took me to the verse right before week 7’s verse, Phil 4:7- And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    I don’t believe this was coincidental. God is good and faithful to reinforce what we need to do in order to gain peace in our lives.

  32. Just wanted to say what a fantastic group of women ! This group is a powerhouse of peace ideas – amazing what happens when a group of women, who are looking to reduce their stress, can do to help create less stress in each other!! Way to go girls! :)

  33. Ephesians 3: 20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

    I was sitting on porch, looking at a full moon last night and this verse popped into my head. I was thinking if God is able to hang the moon and stars in their place, how much more is He able to take care of us. Nothing is too big for our God!!

    This chapter had so much that really spoke to my heart, about my attitude during trials(chronic illness and finances), and just my perspective on things in general. God doesn’t want us walking around battle weary, He wants us to depend on Him for all things- He doesn’t want us to be afraid of the giants in our lives, He wants us to trust Him, even though the giant is still looming in the distance.

    So thankful for this study, my small group leader and Melissa Taylor and Tracie Miles for caring so much about us and helping us draw closer to God!

  34. One of the things that helps me keep my focus each day is to start each day praying that God will direct how I spend my time. Some days he allows me to stick to the plan, some days he may ask me to put something down and go out and spend some time outside with my little boy, some days he might ask that I take some time to help out my hubby with something, and some days he may ask for me to give up the entire day for a friend, but I find that I am most fulfilled and at peace when I start out by committing my day to him and keep checking in with him through prayer to help keep me on track. Of course there are days when I get busy, unfocused, and God gets left out, and those seem to be the days when I find myself getting stressed. God truly does know our hearts and what he created us for, so it make sense that we are most fulfilled when we are walking in his ways and seeking his will in all that we do. One of my biggest temptations is to make my time about me and my wants and desires, so starting the day submitting to his will seems to make all the difference.