Worry?

"Do not worry..."


"And why are you worried about clothing?
Observe how the lilies of the field grow;
they do not toil nor do they spin,


"yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory 
clothed himself like one of these."


"But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace,
will He not much more clothe you?
You of little faith!" 


"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things;
for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."


"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, 
and all these things will be added to you."


So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:28-34


"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, 
she shall be praised."
Proverbs 31:30


Do you struggle with worry, having the right style of clothes, not getting every new gadget that comes out, making sure all the furniture in your house matches, wanting all the right landscaping so it "enhances" your home, check out the latest magazines, catalogs, and sale papers that come in the mail or in the check-out lines, trying to look a certain way whether it is hair, makeup, your body, abs, calves, arms, or a host of other vain ambitions?
Well, I Do!!!
I Do!!!
"Oh, if I could only see, really see, the lilies of the field and know God has my best in His plan, and I don't have or need to worry, by staying up late at night thinking, or seeing "perfect," (in our cultures eyes) beautiful ladies, (who probably has had surgeries, procedures, touch ups and devotes all their time to vain ambitions), wishing I could be them.  

Why not be content with who my God created me to be and how He loves me and only wants the absolute best for me.  Do I need to do more to be healthier?  Yes, so why struggle too much with things that really do not matter in the overall scheme of His plan.  

Our culture does everything it can to distract us from Who really matters, from the One who provides, Jehovah Jireh, and we fall into its trap, oh, so easily.  When we study God's Word we find our culture we are living in is at the opposite spectrum of what and how we are to live.  Are we to be wierd and live as castoffs?  No, but we are to be a peculiar people, so others may ask what it is you do differently; why do you live, look, or dress the way you do, and we can say with all authority that Jesus Christ lives in us and our desire is to reflect Him in ALL we do and say.  

Sounds easy enough, but oh, Jesus, how many times I have failed You and fall into the trap of living like everyone else.  We are imitators, just look in the magazines, or newpapers and see how pictures of groups of girls will all have the same hairstyle.  We should strive to "be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma."  Eph. 5:1-2

My Jesus, the Lord and Savior of my life, the King who reigns supreme, Jehovah Jireh, my Provider,  please give me the strength I need to live close to You, as I listen to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit and You guide my EVERY step.  


I love You, Lord 
And I lift my voice
to worship You
O my soul, rejoice

Take joy my King
in what You hear
may it be a sweet, sweet sound 
in Your ear.

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

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