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A Thankful Heart

by Ann Elaine Broughton  
11/22/2008 / Devotionals

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phillipians 4:6 NIV).

This is the time of year that we think about all the many things in our lives that we can be thankful for, but an anxious heart can totally destroy any idea of thankfulness and peace. The above verse is quite a challenge because the first statement seems impossible to accomplish: "Do not be anxious about anything." Let's face it our lives always seem to have something occurring that would make us anxious. But as Christians we are commanded to give all of our anxious moments to God so that He can give us peace. Seems impossible doesn't it? Have you tried it? Consider what is making you anxious at this moment. Is it something that you have control over? Then pray and ask God to help you find a solution. Then take action to solve your problem. If it isn't something you can control, than trust God with it and leave it in His arms. As you see in the second verse if you pray and thank Him for who He is in your life, then you will have peace both in your mind and in your heart. Peace is so wonderful. It means you aren't restless, worried, or nervous. You are at peace because you have faith that your Heavenly Father will take care of your anxious heart. This Thanksgiving consider all what God has done for you in your life and truly give Him thanks. Peace be with you.
Dear Lord,
Life is filled with so many anxious moments. Help us to remember that you are in control. Help us to be thankful for who you are and the peace you can give us if we trust you with our anxious moments.
In Jesus' name,

My husband and I have been in the ministry in one form or another for 37 years. I have had several poems published in the local newspaper. I write devotionals for my co-workers and friends. I own this article and have full rights.

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