Good morning. It is Thursday, September 10, 2015. 30 days to Playa del Carmen. 32 days to 30 years!
Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is ersatz. This is an adjective, meaning, “being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation.” The example sentence is, “If I’m going to eat ice cream, I want the real thing, not some non-fat ersatz version of it.” Great. Now I want ice cream.
Today is Swap Ideas Day. So get together with someone and swap ideas. Be as creative and wacky as you like.
Nothing much happened, yesterday. We got home from work after I had stopped and picked up breakfast burritos from O.C. Burger (and Sonic drinks), and watched Monday night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance, in which the final four danced in the last competition dances. The winner will be revealed next Monday night (so we probably won’t find out until Wednesday). At this point, it could be anyone’s game, but I believe that the winner will either be Jaja Vankova or Gaby Diaz. I really like all four of the final contestants, though. Christi believes Gaby will win.
Tonight, Christi has Huddle. Assuming her boss doesn’t come in at five minutes to five again, to talk to her about one of their projects. 😀
Today’s Psalm, from Heart Aflame, is Psalm 103:4-7.
who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
(From Solid Joys)
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Today’s reading is “How to Fight Anxiety.”
Psalm 56:3 says, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. What it does not say is, “I never struggle with fear.” The battle begins with fear. It is comforting to note that the Bible never assumes that we, as true believers, will never experience fear or anxiety. “Instead the Bible tells us how to fight when they strike.”
The focal verse, 1 Peter 5:7, says, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. It doesn’t say that we will never have anxiety. It tells us to, when we do have them, cast them on God. So, to people who feel anxiety every day (which is most of us, right?), it is comforting to know that this is, more or less, normal. How do we fight it?
“We fight anxieties by fighting against unbelief and fighting for faith in future grace.” We do this by meditating on God’s promises of “future grace” and asking his Spirit to help us.
Piper compares God’s promises to the windshield wipers that clear splattered mud off of our windshields so that we can see. He compares the Holy Spirit’s help to the windshield washer fluid that gives aid to the wipers. You see, it takes God’s promises along with the help of the Spirit to work in our lives. “Without the softening work of the Holy Spirit, the wipers of the Word just scrape over the blinding clumps of unbelief.”
Both the Spirit and the Word are necessary. “We read the promises of God and we pray for the help of his Spirit.” With the two of these together, as we cast our anxieties on him, they will be smoothed out and our faith strengthened.
Father, thank you for these reassurances that, when we do experience anxieties, your Word and your Spirit are there to help us deal with them. Help me to cast all anxieties on you, rather than letting the stew and fester within me. Teach me to let them go, and to stop worrying about things over which I have no control. When I have a measure of control over things, give me the wisdom to handle them properly.
I pray for this day, that our travel to and from work will be smooth and safe. I pray for Christi’s work day, as well as for her Huddle group tonight. May your presence fill the house this evening, as the ladies meet together, and may they know the strength of your presence. I pray for your grace to rain down on the rest of our family today.
Continue to bring comfort, peace, and strength to our brothers and sisters who have recently experienced tragic events.
Come, Lord Jesus.
You will have anxiety. Anyone who tells you that you can have life without anxiety is lying to you. But God gives us clear-cut instructions on how to fight it. May we run to him, crying out to his Spirit and meditating on his promises, when anxiety or fear strikes.
Grace and peace, friends.