Books, Food for the Soul

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Daily Grace for Teens–Devotional Reflections to Nourish Your Soul

I got this devotional book from another book sale! It’s always nice to have these kind of books for inspiration and encouragement everyday, especially during down times. I’ve had those times only recently, and this book helped remind me of God’s promises and plans for me.

Daily Grace for Teens has this “Week Ending” articles that features insights from well-known Christian authors and ministers. This particular article affected me the most because I’m the type of person who worries a lot.

Expressions of Worry
 by John MacArthur Jr.

The word worry comes from the Old English term wyrgan, which means “to choke” or “strangle.” That’s appropriate since worry strangles the mind, which is the seat of our emotions. The word even fits the notion of a panic attack.

We’re not much different from the people to whom Jesus spoke. They worried about what they were going to eat, drink, and wear. And if you want to legitimize your worry, what better way than to say, “Well, after all, I’m not worrying about extravagant things; I’m just worrying about the basics.” But that is forbidden for the Christian.

As you read through the Scriptures, one thing you learn is that God wants His children preoccupied with Him, not with the mundane, passing things of this world. He says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NASB). To free us to do that He says, “Don’t worry about the basics, I’ll take care of that.” A basic principle of spiritual life is that we are not earthbound people. Fully trusting our Heavenly Father dispels anxiety. And the more we know about Him, the more we will trust Him.

I believe in wise planning, but if after doing all you are able to, you still are fearful of the future, the Lord says, “Don’t worry.” He promised to provide all your needs, and He will.*

*Anxiety Attacked by John MacArthur Jr.

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