Overcoming Our Greatest Anxiety - There is Enough

October 12, 2014

"Don't be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God's will is - what is good and pleasing and mature." ~ Romans 12:2

Today's Scripture: Luke 12:22-34/p>

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Luke 12:22-23; (CEB) Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Therefore, I say to you, don't worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing.

    Reflection: Do you worry about your life? Make a list of your worries. One of the most powerful practices we can have is to make time each day to write down or name out loud the things for which we are grateful. Gratitude is the pathway to the abundant and joy-filled life God wills for each one of us. Consider keeping a gratitude journal as a reminder of the many ways your life is abundantly blessed. Begin today your daily practice of gratitude. It will literally transform the whole of your life. Pause for two minutes naming the things for which you are grateful and take a moment to give thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: Enough.
  2. Monday: Luke 12:24; (CEB) Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds!

    Reflection: Jesus said that, "You are worth so much more than the birds!" How might you live each day doing what you can do and trusting that in God there is enough? How can you find rest and peace in God's provision for you? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough
  3. Tuesday: Luke 12: 25-26; (CEB) Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? If you can't do such a small thing, why worry about the rest?

    Reflection: How is your worrying working for you? Are there ways in which you and your loved ones have benefited from your worries? Does your worrying increase your productivity? Does it bring you peace or make you a better, kinder person? If not, what is your alternative? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  4. Wednesday:  Luke 12:27-28; (CEB) Notice how the lilies grow. They don't wear themselves out with work, and they don't spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn't dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it's alive today and tomorrow it's thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith!

    Reflection: When was the last time you noticed, really noticed, how wild flowers and trees grow without human effort? Set aside time today to notice the ways in which God is at work in the world around you and in you. Do you wear yourself out thinking that everything depends upon your work alone? How long can you sustain that pattern of living? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough
  5. Thursday: Luke 12:29-31 (CEB) Don't chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.

    Reflection: What do you think Jesus meant when he said, "Don't chase after what you will eat and what you will drink"? What do you chase after? What are the things of God's kingdom that should be desired? How might these things provide a pathway to releasing your worries? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  6. Friday: Luke 12:32-33 (CEB) Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don't wear out-a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys.

    Reflection: Jesus seems to be setting up a paradox in this passage. On the one hand, God delights in giving us the kingdom and, on the other hand, Jesus is telling us to sell our possessions and give them to those in need. Spend some time pondering the deeper meaning of this teaching? What is Jesus really seeking for us to understand here? How might God be asking you to live out this teaching in your own life? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is...Exhale: enough
  7. Saturday: Luke 12:34 (MSG) It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

    Reflection: What are the deepest treasures of your heart, the things that make your heart sing? Make a list of the things to which you give the highest priority in your daily life? How do your treasures align with your day to day priority list? You may not have everything you want, but is there enough? Can you live for today grateful for God's abundant gifts to you? Pause for two minutes to name the things for which you are grateful today and offer your thanks to God for God's provision for you.

    Breath Prayer: Inhale: There is... Exhale: enough

 

Speakers: Dave Norman