Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An Anxious Heart

The following post appears on Pilgrim Scribblings today but I wanted to make sure that each of the Pilgrim Pals read these encouraging words. Be blessed today, dear friends, and be a blessing to others.

My dear friends Stephen and Brooksyne Weber (pictured) carry on a vital ministry of encouragement online. Their Daily Encouragement devotionals are always meaningful, Christ-centered and uplifting. Today's was no exception.

I've already been the recipient of God's loving kindness today. I was battling an anxious heart. Feeling overwhelmed by the cares of life, I called my dear friend and mentor Paul Collet and came away with a refreshed spirit. He cheered me up and my anxiety subsided.

Enjoy Stephen and Brooksyne's thoughts today:

"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up" (Proverbs 12:25).

Have you personally experienced the first part of today's verse? That is; an "anxious heart""weighs a man down." Of course I know what your answer is to that question. Someone once defined worry as "a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind, cutting a channel into which all other thoughts flow."

The perspective of trust is at the very heart of being a child of God. It's great to be a child of God today! My sins are forgiven and the God of the universe beckons me to call Him "Father." I have an assurance that He cares for me and His promise is that He will never leave me nor forsake me. Wow, if I just keep that bright perspective the troubling "things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

But I still find myself identifying with the first phrase in the daily verse. An inner battle rages between trust and worry. Trust dispels worry, but much like the popup figures in an arcade shooting gallery, worry tends to keep popping back up!

The anxieties of this life really do weigh one down. Sometimes it seems they really press on the heart and one can literally feel the weight (the KJV says it "maketh it stoop"). I'm sure most of you know what I mean. And I wouldn't be surprised if some of you reading this message are experiencing a heavy anxious heart even now.

Thank God for the power of a kind word! I have so often been the recipient of such words. An earnest "I'm praying for you", a caring "How's your health?", or a sincere "I really appreciate you." Words like these really cheer the heart up and in each of the above examples I can recall a specific instance that I continue to draw energy from. The word for "cheer" is literally derived from a Hebrew word meaning to "brighten up."

I hope you receive some kind words today and dispense some kind words yourself, as you fulfill the Biblical principle of sowing what you desire to reap.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, the cares of this world often press in on us and weigh our hearts down. It's not your desire that we carry a heavy load because You are the Burden Bearer. You use the difficult circumstances of our lives to bring glory to Yourself as You bring spiritual maturity into our relationship with You. Our faith is strengthened and our understanding deepened as You take the evil that Satan hurls at us and turn it into glorious occasion for Your power to be released and deliverance to take place. You are the same God who led us into battle that will also lead us to victory in Jesus name, amen.


hebrews 11:1 said...

This is a good post, and one I a good friend said to me last night as I poured out ym heart to her, "God is NOT very happy with you! You are not giving Him your worries!" It seemed so December and January I was the one encouraging my friend to not worry as her mom was dying, and here I am thinking everything through ahead of time, and she is reminding me not to worry!! I just keep mentally preparing myself, but I don't think it does any good, because every so often I become a little overwhelmed and the tears threaten to overflow at all the wrong times! Ohhh....

The time is very, very near, by the way...

Thank you for your prayers. I really do appreciate them. My mom went through the service plans with my dad today and I said I want to sing Praise You in This Storm, but I have no idea how I'm going to, because I'm afraid I will break down. Please pray that I can do it when the time comes! My sister wants me to sing with her the country song "When I Get Where I'm Going"....if you haven't seen the music video on youtube, you've got to check it'll make you cry, but it's so beautiful! and very appropriate for my dad, too! I told my sister I cannot see harmonizing with her with that song...I love harmonizing with her, but I am having a hard time just singing without thinking about the words and what they mean and what is going on...


I love you all and pray for you!

Love and Prayers,

Terry said...

Oh Little Pilgrim...I just don't know how you are going through this so finely. It is so easy to tell you not to worry. You are human and I know that I would not be taking it as good as you are. You are looking everything right straight in the face and I have a great respect for Mrs. Shirkie

Felisol said...

Dear Pilgrims,
I have no good way to comfort people struggling so hard as you are doing these days, except telling that I am laying your cause on the altar of the Lord Almighty all the time. Good thing is that living across the water, I can pray when you are asleep. Thus the prayers are rising around the clock.
From Felisol