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What – Me Worry?

Matthew 6:27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Life ChangeWhat – Me Worry? I wish I could say that and feel good about saying it. I tend to worry at times – do you? People worry about loads of things.

People worry about their finances. They often don’t do much about it – but they do worry. For instance – currently some in our area are experiencing the government shutdown. Since 1980 there have been shutdowns in 1980 – 1981 – 1984 – 1986 – 1990 – 1995-96 – 2013 – and the current shutdown. If I were a federal employee – I think I would plan to have an emergency fund saved up for a shutdown – because they will happen. I believe for all of these shutdowns – the impacted employees received their back pay.

People worry about their finances. I’m a big believer in budgets. We’ve had one in our marriage from the start. After 38 plus years of marriage we still have a budget. I’m a firm believer in the following statement. Aim at nothing – and you are bound to hit it! If we don’t budget or have a plan for our finances – we should not complain when we face financial difficulties. Even putting a small amount away each month will add up to a safety net for future unplanned expenses. Continue reading

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Seek His Face and Desire His Grace

1 Chronicles 16:11

Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night; The Message

profileHere we sit – facing another government shutdown.  A number of my friends and a number of the folks I know are being furloughed without pay.  Not sure how long some of them will be able to go without a paycheck.  Some folks don’t have a savings – for a variety of reasons – some beyond their control and some by their own decisions.  Either way – it may be a tough fall if the shutdown lasts for any length of time for sure.

Where will we find help?  We could spend this time debating politics and blaming first one side of the debate and than the other side.  We could blame the President and then all the Presidents men and women.  There surely is enough blame to go around.  What I’d like for us to do is realize that things are going to go from bad to worse as the age rolls along.  There will be wars and rumors of wars.  There will be corrupt governments and corrupt people.  The world is headed down a road toward total destruction – if and only if God doesn’t intervene. Continue reading

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What? Me Worry? Why?

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I was talking to a friend today about some issues in their life.  Even as we discussed them – they kept saying their concerns were so minor compared to some that others deal with daily.

We’ve always heard the saying I complained about having no shoes – until I met a man with no feet.  It seems most of us can always find someone worse off than ourselves.  Even if that is not the case and we have it worse than anyone else – God is greater than our troubles.

What is it you worry about – if you do indeed worry?  Is it about what you will eat – what you will wear?  Do you worry about things you have no control over?  Are you doing all that you can do?

Matthew 6:25-34 – 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 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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