Fret Not 1: “You Worry Too Much”

Fret Not Day 1 - “You Worry Too Much” “Fret not yourselves.” (Psalm 37:1, ESV) “You worry too much.” This was my daughter’s response to my voicing a concern over my youngest son’s driving a friend home in the snow. Said friend lives twenty minutes away… down a busy highway… and a backroad. Plus, it was dark. And did I mention it was snowing heavily?  “He doesn’t have that much experience driving…

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The Life of Elizabeth 5: A Surprise Visitor

The Life of Elizabeth Day 5 - A Surprise Visitor Yesterday we discussed how remarkable Elizabeth’s attitude was in handling her infertility, and then in not flaunting her excellent news of blessing. Yet Elizabeth’s superior example doesn’t end there; we still have more to learn from her story. In fact, the next major event in the lives of this godly couple was their visit from Mary, Elizabeth’s young cousin from Nazareth. Her…

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The Life of Elizabeth 4: Her Superior Example

The Life of Elizabeth Day 4 - Her Superior Example Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. (Luke 1:45, ESV) When something good happens to someone you know, how do you respond? Is it easy for you to rejoice with them? Or is there a little feeling inside that makes you wish the good thing was happening to you…

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The Life of Elizabeth 3: Her Wonderful Surprise

The Life of Elizabeth Day 3 - Her Wonderful Surprise Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, ESV) Don’t you love a great surprise? Some people say they don’t like surprises, but for most of us, we find them so fun, especially in a plot twist that takes a remarkable turn, resulting in remarkable joy, and landing straight on the page of our story! Few…

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The Life of Elizabeth 2: Her Steadfastness

The Life of Elizabeth Day 2 - Her Steadfastness And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. (Luke 1:6, ESV) The absence of details from Elizabeth’s early years leaves me wanting. I want to know if she accepted her lot of barrenness humbly. I wish I knew if there was anyone, aside from Zechariah, to comfort her. Did she have another woman…

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The Life of Elizabeth 1: The Shame of Her Infertility

The Life of Elizabeth Day 1 - The Shame of Her Infertility A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. (Proverbs 15:13, ESV) Have you ever felt the crushing weight of sorrow so heavily you can barely breathe? I believe Elizabeth knew that feeling. For the next few days, I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned and come to love…

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Fret Not 5: Fight Stress with S.T.R.E.S.S.

Fret Not Day 5 - Fight Stress with S.T.R.E.S.S. "Lord, we don’t know what to do.” It had been the phrase on repeat over here at our house. In the midst of circumstances that were out of our control, coupled with a new surprise fork in the road we never saw coming, we were genuinely without answers. And it was causing a lot of stress. Interestingly—and providentially, in my opinion—while driving to…

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Fret Not 4: God Is in Control

Fret Not Day 4 - God Is in Control “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27) I think you and I both know the obvious answer to this question: None of us. Not a single one of us can add any amount of time to our life by worrying. In fact, many studies and statistics have proven that worry and…

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Fret Not 3: Turn Worry Into Prayer

Fret Not Day 3 - Turn Worry Into Prayer How many times, over the past week, did it come to mind that there was an alternative to fretting, that there was a way to escape the nagging thoughts of despair and receive peace instead? I caught myself a number of times purposing to exchange my worry-filled thoughts with this little routine: …trust in the Lord …find someone for whom I can do…

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Fret Not 2: Worry Is Crippling

Fret Not Day 2 - Worry Is Crippling "Historians will probably call our era ‘the age of anxiety.’ Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.” —Billy Graham Who knew, when Billy Graham wrote these words in 1965, how true they would be so many years later? Actually, there is Someone. God knew. And because He knew, He gave us…

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