Our family just endured a 2,000 mile move from northwestern Minnesota to southwestern Florida. I know you are not going to shed any tears for us, but if you’ve never tried moving a family of eight across the country, I don’t recommend it. In fact, I don’t recommend moving at all. Ever.
Worry can hang like a dense fog in our lives, weighing us down and keeping us from seeing what’s really there. When we look at our problems, all we see is this huge, dense fog covering everything, clouding our view.
Here are two practical ways to dissipate the fog of worry.
Being worried about the legitimate threat of harm is understandable. That’s why God’s peace exceeds anything we can possibly understand. It’s natural to worry. It’s supernatural to be at peace.
Worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems that many people live in. When we worry, we allow our minds to dwell on the difficulties and troubles, whether real or perceived. This can have disastrous affects on all aspects of our health.
The decision to wholeheartedly seek God’s will and obey is the best decision we can ever make.
Here are four practical things to do when you can’t decide.
We don’t really want to know God’s will in all we do. We want to know God’s will for our lives. It’s a subtle difference between discerning God’s will in every situation and trying to discern God’s will for me in every situation, but the resulting consequences are monumental.
If I’m waiting until I fully understand what, why, where, and how before I make a decision, I will drive myself crazy with endless “what-ifs” and never translate a single conceptual idea into a concrete reality.
Our family has been praying about and wrestling with a big decision for the past year and a half. Our prayers almost always focus on clarity. We want to know for sure what we should do, which way we should go. Yet, after nearly 18 months of praying, it seems the waters are more muddied than ever before.
Do you feel like the heat is on? Like you’re in the pressure cooker and the steam is about to blow? Is your faith being tested? This story from Daniel shows us three ways we can walk through the fires of life and not get burned.