an antidote for worry

So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? [Matthew 6:25 GW]

In the following verses Jesus compares us to the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.
He tells us that God cares for us more than He does for them.
Consequentially we should not worry about our needs.

Cognitively I think that we all know this.
Yet our brains, much larger and complex than the birds, seem ill equipped to deal with worry.
Oddly enough, our brains often contribute to our anxiety.

There are times when my mind begins to race about future events.
I start playing out the worst case scenarios.
In such times I find it helpful to pause and lean into my heart.

It helps me to remember that trust is something I do with my heart.
Leaning on my own understanding only brings anxiety.
Leaning into, and trusting with all of, my heart brings peace.

Lord, help me to trust you with all of my heart and not lean on my understanding.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.


  1. Maybe having a bird brain is not such a bad thing after all...

    There is such freedom in not having to worry about things. There is ice on the road, and my wife is not home yet, but I know that she is in God's hands. No matter what, I am too. Sometimes it is hard not to worry, but I am thankful that I can mix that with a peace that He provides. God is good.

  2. Bob, I have many things yet to learn in the journey of life in relation to the Scriptures... But I can say, I have learned to be content. One of the things that helped me was a book by Linda Dillow called "Calm My Anxious Heart" ~~Wonderful practical book that I've taught several times.

    This is the my motto ~~
    I am content with what I know...
    And not disturbed by what I don't.

    And this is what I know ~~ God is the blessed controller, and he has assigned my cup...he only puts in it what I can bear.


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