Greetings my fat-burning friends! I have been wandering and floundering since I returned from my three week adventure in Ireland. I’m going to confess to you all that I have been experiencing a level of anxiety that I am not familiar with – and so I am writing this post in a direct response to the verses from my bible study today. Right now I am studying Philippians and am being reminded daily “What Matters Most”. I’m following along with the First 5 app, which is a daily study that I highly recommend! Here is today’s scripture:
Philippians 4: 4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And the prayer from my heart:
Heavenly Father, as Paul reminds me, I come before you with thanksgiving in my heart and truly humbled by all the blessings in my life. I thank you for restoring my joy in living. I thank you for my renewed energy that you have given me. I thank you for all the ways that you are going to use this energy to share your Good News! I thank you for all you have been teaching me on this journey and for the passion you have ignited in me to share this message of how you provide for all our needs – spiritual, physical, and emotional. Thank you for this message of hope.
Thank you that I can rejoice in every circumstance of life that is thrown my way. I confess that I have been riddled with anxiety and my “to-do” list for the past three weeks, and I am thankful that I am able to see through this with a spirit of joy. I will continue to seek your will and direction for this crazy new adventure of my life. I pray for clarity of mind and ears to hear. I ask that you remove the anxiety and fear and give me words to share that come only from you. I also ask that you prompt me to pray any time that spirit of fear sneaks up.
Right now, I also pray for everyone that will read these words. I know that their health struggles are real and present in their mind, Lord. I ask that you be with them and calm their anxiety and fear, as well. I pray especially for the ones right now that are feeling chained to their poor health – especially those that are finding difficulties with kicking the sugar addiction, or binge eating, or round the clock eating, or any stronghold that prevents them from finding victory in improving their health. I pray for their chains to be broken and for them to find complete freedom in your provisions of healthy food to nourish their mind, body, and soul. I also pray for a blessing over their daily routine so that they may easily discover the way of eating that works for them (whether that be Keto, or low-carb healthy fats, with or without intermittent fasting)! We know that you can free us from the bondage of poor nutrition and health and set us free to serve you with an abundance of energy every day. Thank you, again
Finally, thank you for the peace that truly transcends all my understanding – for without this peace, I feel like I’d be in a fetal position crying in the corner today. Instead I focus on these words written by Paul:
Philippians 3: 12 – 14 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Blessings, Peace, and JOY! Amen.