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Anxiety/Doubt: Target Causes Preventing God’s Will

Anxiety/Doubt: Target Causes Preventing God's Will Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6,7 NIV)

Divine Appointments

Motivating Monday! Over the weekend, I purchased a new pair of tennis shoes. You know divine appointments happen across the board with people we do not know and ones we do. As I entered the running store, there working was a friend that we seem to have on-going divine appointments. Encouragement goes both ways. I left feeling empowered to check into our local Parks and Rec department for the Couch to 5K class. Now…let’s not be too gleeful for me…I never see myself running a marathon. However, I would like to have the accountability, my friend encouraged me with and many others reasons to take this class. Anxiety? Sure, there could be anxiety wanting to use fear to keep me from moving forward. Anxiety has a way to squirm into our lives, smiling with poison inside.


What thoughts have stirred within you? Any thoughts permeating excitement, then almost immediately doubt subdues flames. Where did doubt come from…possibly from the core root of anxiety? For me, doubt and anxiety like to compete with each other. I’ve never considered anxiety as a problem for me, yet, more I think about this…moving further into deeper unknown territory, something is stopping me- it has now for several years. I successfully stepped into unknown territory reaching this point and conquered. Then I became content, maybe too comfortable, like stuck in cement. Does anyone else ever feel like this? We want to move forward, in our minds we are going to do this…yet, anxiety grips our hearts. Could doubt be right along? If so, let’s take time to question what keeps this stuck feeling. If it is doubt and anxiety- We are encouraged in James 1:6,7- to not doubt, he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. I do not want any of us to doubt. We really have to work on not doubting.


Consider all Peter went through transforming into maturity, a beautiful image given- humbling ourselves under God’s mighty hand. Trust me- tasting an overwhelming amount of humble pie- humbling ourselves is a sweet aroma. Placing all anxiety on God. Actually, visualize transfer from ourselves to God – it’s freeing. For my friend, I was able to offer her an outline for a book she desires to write- it was amazing. Now…it’s time for me to cast all my anxiety on God- trusting in due time, He will lift me up. Not only in spiritual matters, yet physical ones, too. I know he will do same for you! Let’s start today!

Be encouraged!

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