Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Lay Aside Your Worry

Everyday I receive an email entitled, “Abide in Me,” and it consists of several various scriptures put together to produce an encouraging message for the reader. I recently received an email that stuck with me as particularly encouraging. The message read, “Abide in me, giving yourself to prayer as you begin each day. Lay aside every worry and run with patience the race that’s before you. Refuse to waste time on things over which you have no control. Worry can strip you of the comforts of life and eventually pull you down, separating you from My Spirit. Trust in Me and concentrate on My Presence, putting tomorrow into My keeping. Keep your faith strong, obey and pray for wisdom that you might see clearly what’s before you. Thus, says the One who is high and lifted up.” The scriptures that the writer gives for the content of this writing is John 15:4-7; Col 4:2; Heb 12:1-2; Matt 6:34 and Phil 1:9. There are many good lessons for the reader in this short message. In the first part of the writing, the scriptures tell us to begin each day with prayer and to lay aside all worry, because worry can pull you away from the Spirit. You can find the reference from Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The reading also notes one of my favorite scriptures concerning running the race that’s before us. This comes from Hebrews 12:1-2 which reads, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” And the last part of the writing that I would like to bring to your attention is that of wisdom. The writer says towards the end of the message to, “pray for wisdom that you might see clearly what’s before you.” You can read in James 1:5-6, James tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” I found this reading and list of scriptures encouraging to me and I hope that it has the same for you. - Jordan Hopkins