Jon Stolpe Stretched

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

The past few weeks, I have been wrestling with a work related opportunity. Without going into tremendous detail, I know I’ve been a little excited and anxious over the possibilities of a new challenge. Several verses have come to mind recently that have helped to set my mind at ease:

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (recently memorized as part of my evangelism verse pack – thanks Bob Lewis)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34


22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” Luke 12:22-23

Sometimes it sounds easier than it really feels. I’m thankful that God has given us His Word to guide us, comfort us, and to share.

Until the next post, don’t worry… be happy…

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February 16, 2008 - Posted by | thoughts

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