Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LifeLines #4

Feeling depressed, anxious or stressed?  

LifeLines offers biblical wisdom as a source of HOPE for today and tomorrow.



Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

There is ancient wisdom that says, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  Like worry, anxiety does nothing to lessen your concerns but only serves to magnify them by distorting your sense of reality.  Left alone with this distorted reality, without a source of help, will inevitably highten your anxiety and literally rob 'hours' from your life. Whereas, sharing your reality with another invites a different perspective and reminds us that we don't have to struggle alone.  From a faith perspective, when we present our concerns to God in prayer, we are inviting the Creator of the Universe to handle what is beyond our control and to help us with what is within our control.  Through prayer and petition we affirm God's power while acknowledging our powerlessness.  Author Philip Yancey writes, "Prayer is a declaration of dependence upon God."  From this posture, we need not be anxious about anything!

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