The Gift of Discovery

By: Traci Payne Sitting on my patio one morning writing in my journal, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a vivid daydream, spurred on by the thought: “Social Media is like a party.” I saw myself attending this “party” by “walking in,” “visiting” with different people by making comments or “having conversations” and wanting to know what everyone …

Scattered

Do you ever feel that you can’t focus on any one thing? Does busyness, anxiety, and worry “draw you away in differing directions”? “Drawn away in differing directions.” This is the very definition used for the word “worries” in the parable of the sower. Instead of “and the worries of the world…enter in and choke the Word,” we could read …

Failure to Pray for World Issues

Holy Father,   Thank You for Your kind and gentle words regarding my weak faith. Sometimes, I wonder how You can be so patient – especially when my sins continue to revolve around the same issues year after year.   I confess to You that my thoughts haven’t been on trust, but on worry. I’ve worried about Ebola, our government, …

Toss Away the Worry

  Remember learning about “merimnao”?    (We talked about it last Monday, if that helps).    It had the root word meaning “to be drawn in different directions”. Basically, distractions.    Let’s dissect another verse that has that same word, “merimnao” in it.    “…casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).   “Casting” …

Worry and Control

  My friend Kathy and I recently discussed this idea of worry and worship.    She said, “We want to control the situations that affect us. When we realize we can’t, we turn to worry.”   Hummmm. That’s true.    But He has promised to accomplish all that concerns me and you.    Then isn’t worrying about it a lack …