ANXIOUS NO MORE
Read Philippians 4: 6-7
Do not be anxious about anything.
I sat on my sofa reading. My left hand was gently strok-
ing the fur of my 9-year-old pet rabbit, Alice. Suddenly, she
sat upright, her long ears
focused on some threaten-
ing sound that I could not
hear. There were no pred-
ators in our home to cause
her harm, but I thought
she might jump from the couch and bolt under the bed as she
often does when startled. I spoke softly to her and continued
to pet her, and she began to relax into a peaceful state.
At that moment it occurred to me: How often do I feel
anxious about insignificant things even when I know God is
there? Alice’s threat felt real to her. I knew she would be fine,
but she had to trust that I would take care of her.
God encourages us not to be anxious about anything and
to turn our anxieties into prayer. Yet so often, like Alice, we
allow our fears to control us. How much more peaceful would
our lives be if we trusted the passage from today’s reading:
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds”? I find that each time I
trust in those words, I can experience peace and rest with
Prayer: Father God, help us to remember each day that you
are bigger than our worries and that you can always grant us
Michele C. Baker (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO FEELS ANXIOUS
— Philippians 4: 6 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Today I will allow God’s peace
to fill my heart and mind.