Monday, 18 January 2010

No worries! (today's purpose driven devotional)

How to be thankful in tough times
by Rick Warren
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done". Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Don't worry about anything.
Worrying doesn't change anything. It's stewing without doing. There's no such thing as born worriers; worry is a learned response. You learned it from your parents. You learned it from your peers. You learned it from experience. That's good news. The fact that worry is learned means it can also be unlearned. Jesus says, "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:34, NLT)

Pray about everything.
Next use the time you've been worrying for praying. If you prayed as much as you worried, you'd have a whole lot less to worry about. Some people think God only cares about religious things, such as how many people I invite to church or my tithing. Is God interested in car payments? Yes. He's interested in every detail of your life. That means you can take any problem you face to God.

Thank God in all things.
Whenever you pray, you should always pray with thanksgiving. The healthiest human emotion is not love -- but gratitude. It actually increases your immunities; it makes you more resistant to stress and less susceptible to illness. People who are grateful are happy. But people who are ungrateful are miserable because nothing makes them happy. They're never satisfied; it's never good enough. So if you cultivate the attitude of gratitude, of being thankful in everything, it reduces stress in your life.

Think about the right things.
If you want to reduce the level of stress in your life, you must change the way you think; the way you think determines how you feel. And the way you feel determines how you act. So if you want to change your life, you need to change what you're thinking about.

This involves a deliberate conscious choice where you change the channels. You choose to think about the right things: focus on the positive and on God's word.

Why? Because the root cause of stress is the way I choose to think.

When we no longer worry, when we pray about everything, when we give thanks, when we focus on the right things, the Apostle Paul tells us the result is, "The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

What a guarantee! He is guaranteeing peace of mind.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

In with the new - and a recap

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade!! Happy 2010 - twenty-ten, two-o-one-o, or whatever you may be calling it in your part of the world...!! I am excited about what this year may bring.

But first, a little update on my Christmas 'rant'.

So I eventually got ready, although the thought of so much pressure for just ONE DAY still seems somehow ridiculous to me... Because surely we should be challenged to always be celebrating the awesome meaning and message of Christmas, every single day of our lives on earth?!? Instead we make such a big deal of ONE DAY!! It confounds me: I want to WANT TO celebrate the birth of my Immanuel every day of my life!!

Anyway. (Think maybe I ought to get off my high-horse, and put my soap-box away for another year...)

It was a lovely family time, just us 5 on the day...
Here are just 'a couple' of pics.
Just to prove that I really am not Scrooge.

Then on Boxing Day we met up with the rest of the Wibbzes at Mr and Mrs Wibbs Senior, AKA Grandma and Grandpa. It was an equally fun-filled time, if a little more chaotic than the proceedings of the previous day!! Here we all are - all 12 of us.

And as a recap of the past year, I am in the process of compiling my Facebook 'status updates' for each month, and putting them up in a new Blog - which I will unveil when I eventually finish!