Sunday, December 13, 2009

Monday 12/14/09 - "GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS"

"GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS"

"The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds..."
(Philippians 4:5-7)

Sometimes I don't do such a great job of guarding my own heart and mind. There are times when my thoughts turn to the negative or anxiety creeps in. There can be anxieties about relationships, health, or perhaps financial concerns. It makes me sick. Anxiety robs me of my peace of mind, serenity, and stands in the way of my usefulness to God.

Having taken all the steps and being at step 12, my purpose is to carry the message of the 12 steps to other alcoholics, to others in general, and to practice what I have learned in Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. I can't do this effectively when I am in the grips of fear and worry.

God is my answer. I can take my concerns to God in prayer. I can take my gratitude to God in thanksgiving. I can ask God to guard my heart and mind.

I will pray tonight and again tomorrow morning that I may be an instrument of God's peace when I visit patients in the hospital.

Love to all my blogger friends,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: By Katiebar15)

14 comments:

wolfie185 said...

Oh so true PG, I had to use this today because the big I got in the way and I got very anxious over a commitment I made. I am glad you continue to post pieces like this, even though I may not remember you directly but it is the reoccuring message you and others either post or speak that reminds me where to go when I get messed up.

enchantedoak said...

I needed to read that Phillipians scripture tonight. Thank you for posting this. Got big stuff on our plate in the morning.

Zanejabbers said...

My mind may go to evil and vindictive thoughts, but I don' physically commit them. But I can laugh at them and continue on with my serenity, warm with the realization that I don't have to act like that anymore.

Shadow said...

the unwanted does have a habit of creeping in unnoticed. we just need to be aware...

Madison said...

It's wonderful that you know your purpose, recognize fear and have the perfect antidote.

Marcia said...

"the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds...." I love that.

Just Be Real said...

Very important post you do here PG! Amen. Blessings and hugs.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I love that scripture! Thanks for sharing it!

Lou said...

Isin't it wonderful to go to a blog, and read just what you need!
Thank you for the scipture, it is perfect.

Wanda's Wings said...

Great post. So uplifting.

Syd said...

I too have such moments of anxiety that it seems I can't breathe. That's the fear surfacing in me. I know that much of what I fear isn't real. But still...my mind can trick me into thinking something is so when it isn't.

Paula said...

Yeah I am so very good in letting anxiety and fear creep up on me. Slowly getting better though. Love to you too. Hugs across the pond

g-man said...

You have negative thoughts?
hahahahahahahahahaha...
You are a Peach!

sarah said...

I know the worry, the fear that robs all too well. I am at my best when I'm close to Him. And when you go to the hospital you will be a blessing. You have such a gentle spirit. Sarah