|By Darrell Boger, Worship Leader|
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
October is a month of great, predictable change. Historically it has proven to be a difficult month for me. The same challenges seem larger and more daunting and routine tasks become more difficult to manage. And each October I seem to lose a focus on God and stand facing seemingly unmanageable obstacles. The feelings pass eventually – often after a harsh, heavenly, reality check.
Our mental wellness in this season of change often gets put on the back burner when our schedules are filled up with the bustle of daily life. The past week John Sowash preached a thought-provoking sermon, wherein he reiterated the importance of spending time with God. Both in prayer and in scripture. These positive habits not only help us build compounding growth in our walk with Him, but establish a framework of routines essential to regaining mental control.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I Praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” – Psalm 139:14-15
As creatures made in the likeness of God, we are perfect in our imperfections. He knows our thoughts and fears. As Christians, we believe that this life is not our own – it is to be used to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why then, do we declare ownership over the struggles, trials, and hardships we face? Regardless the situation, we can take comfort in knowing that He is with us and He for us. So what could stand against?
“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; Though war break out against me, even then I will be confidant.” – Psalm 27:3