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He is With You by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

It has been difficult to watch my beloved pet, Jewel, decline. Now approaching twelve years of age, she has arthritis and high blood pressure so we don’t know how long she will be with us. However, last night Jewel’s situation became even more dire when she suffered a seizure for the first time. She was lying peacefully on our bed when it came out of nowhere. There was nothing I could do to help except helplessly watch her and remain by her side, petting her and telling her it would be okay, even though I wasn’t sure it would be.

When Jewel came out of the seizure, she was disoriented and I was shaking almost as much as she had been during the event. I kept praying, “Help her LORD,” and “Give me strength!”

I felt like God answered my prayers. She eventually calmed down, and we were all able to go to sleep. After this scare, I don’t think I would have been able to rest on my own. I was certain it was God who soothed my fears, as well as Jewel’s, and gave us His peace. This morning Jewel seemed like her old self, eating normally and playing, and I thanked the LORD for getting us through a difficult and scary night.

In what situation do you feel helpless? What fears do you need to turn over to God? Trust in this promise. He is there for you and will help you have peace not only during the ongoing trials but also during the storms that blow in without warning.

He is with you.

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Why Worry? By Mayada Naami

Pearls of Promise is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member, Mayada Naami. Mayada will take on the role of Assistant Marketing Director and has years of marketing experience with large companies. She is a Christian Iraqi who was born in Iraq but grew up in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of two books: Spiritual Rebirth: Thirst No More and Let Your Light Shine Bright. She will also serve Pearls of Promise as a backup POP Talk Television and Radio Host as well as a teacher and blogger. Today, she blogs for the first time with POP.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Mathew 6:34, NIV).

In today’s world of uncertainties, it is easy to give way to anxiety or unease and allow our mind to dwell on potential problems. Do you find yourself lying in bed at night, eyes wide open, thinking and stressing about tomorrow? The Word of God tells us to not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. So, why do we worry? Why do some of us have trouble turning off our thoughts?

Worry is an anxious way of thinking about what might or might not happen in the future. It can be immobilizing when we contemplate what might happen if we make a mistake or a wrong choice. This spirit of fear or anxiety comes from not being able to put our trust completely in God. We must trust that no matter what happens, even if we make the wrong choice, God will always be there to lead us to green pastures.

I believe we tend to worry when we lean on our own understanding instead of trusting in our loving Father who created us. In our finite mind we cannot comprehend God’s limitless power. We will never truly understand God fully, yet we can trust that God is indeed limitless both in His power and His love for us. When we embrace that knowledge and put our hands up in worship, the peace of God will transcend all understanding. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, NIV).

What is the benefit of worrying? Can you think of any? “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27, NIV) The answer is no, and in fact, I can emphatically say that it has the power to take hours away from your life. Yet, we still worry and lose precious sleep when all we must do is surrender to God all our anxieties. How do we surrender? First, we tell Him our worries. Pray and ask Him to take over. Surrendering is an act of faith saying, “Lord, I trust You.” Secondly, notice when you start to worry and with absolute confidence give all your anxiety to Him.

As we begin this new year and lay in our beds, let us spend that precious time in prayer and worship. We can choose to worry, or we can choose to worship. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6, NIV) As believers, the more we spend time with Him, the more we love Him. The more we love Him the more we trust in the God who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-wise. May the God of Peace comfort you always and in every way.

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