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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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Royal Provision by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

We are making plans for our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference October 9th but this week we found out there are two other events on the same weekend. This could cause worry, but I choose to trust in God’s provision and to remember how He has blessed this event in the past.

This morning I was reading in Mark 8 about Jesus’s feeding of 4000 people, using only seven loaves of bread and two fish. After the disciples witnessed this miraculous event, they got back into their boat, and realized they only had one loaf of bread for their journey. They fretted. Had they not just seen how Jesus multiplied the bread? Didn’t they understand He could do it again?

Sometimes we forget what the LORD has provided in the past, and we focus on the potential problems rather than the problem solver—Jesus.

I have been reading a book by Kris Valloton and Bill Johnson, pastors at Bethel Church in Redding, California. It’s called The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. In this book, Vallotton talks about the “pauper” mentality he had to overcome, due to his dysfunctional childhood. He says “a pauper is born into insignificance. He grows up, he learns through life that he has no value and his opinions don’t really matter. Therefore, when he becomes a king, he is important to the world around him, but he still feels insignificant in the kingdom that lies within him.”

Even at this point in my life, I have to fight a pauper mentality due to my own dysfunctional childhood, as in the case of our Level-Up Women’s Conference. I could believe that our numbers will be down, or that we don’t compare favorably to other events, but Jesus promises abundance to us as daughters and sons of the King. It is the enemy of our souls who wants us to think differently. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

We have a royal inheritance and we have to expect that He will provide as He has before, and this royal provision will be more than we ever imagined. I refuse to have a pauper mindset.

What about you? As a believer in Christ, do you let the circumstances around you rule your thinking, or do you trust the God of abundance who wants to shower you with His provision because of your royal standing? It’s a choice we all have to make.

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