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Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” I think we sometimes really get this verse mixed up, and read it one way but apply it another. We often are anxious about everything and not praying about anything. It’s so easy in this day and age to become anxious over everything, and rightfully so – the news is absolutely filled with disaster and tragedy. We fret about sending our kids to school, where the money for the next bill is coming from, our health, job security…

Nehemiah 4:14 “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” There will always be people who want you to fail. I don’t understand it myself, but some people just hate to see others succeed, and this was the case in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah. They were working tirelessly to complete the wall, and at every turn they had…

When my kids were really little and I was new at “mommy’ing”, I would spend many nights lying awake beating myself up or feeling guilty about how my day went.  I would replay the events of the day over and over in my head. I’d be mad at myself for yelling or losing my temper, for not feeding them more vegetables, or for staying home in my PJs when I felt all the good moms probably had their kids at the park. I would feel like such a failure based on what seems so trivial in hindsight. Then one day,…