Devotionals, Redeemed Weekend, Self-Care
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Redeemed Weekend – May 21, 2016

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A few nights ago, a friend asked me, “So, how do you get all of your ideas?” The truth is that almost every idea I’ve ever gotten has hit me suddenly, manifesting out of nothing. My mind is always running, so it makes sense. The idea for Redeemed Weekend came about in the exact same way – suddenly – and I immediately sent our Head Editor, Kristina, a message about it.

Every Saturday morning, we will prepare a devotional and quiet time playlist for you. Our prayer is that we will bless your weekend and your walk with the Lord. Please enjoy the first Redeemed Weekend.

Nina xo

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Devotional: Anxious For Nothing

Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6, 7 NKJV (emphasis added)

This passage has become a part of my daily walk in recent months. As someone who has struggled with anxiety in the past, it’s become one of my go-to scriptures when I begin to feel my mind wander into a battlefield of lies from the enemy.

Paul wrote to the Philippians to be anxious for nothing. As Christians, we have nothing to be anxious or worry about. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry about anything — what we’ll eat or drink or wear. In Matthew 6:26 He tells us to look at the birds, “Are you not of more value than they?” If God is able to take care of the birds, how much more will He care for us… His children?

When you worry…

Pray. There’s nothing more effective than prayer. James 5:16 says, “… The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” When God’s children pray, something happens in the atmosphere. God hears your every word, spoken and unspoken. Your prayers will not go unanswered. Keep praying. Keep making that special time with Him, for He will bring you out.

Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is defined as expressing gratitude. When you come to God with thanksgiving and praise, you’ll find that it automatically brings joy and peace. Don’t believe me? Try it. There have been so many times when I didn’t feel like praying, let alone expressing my gratitude while I was in the midst of a storm. But when we come to God with a thankful heart, it is then where we come to realize that it’s not about us… but it’s about Him. It is in the moments of thanking Him for the things He’s done, what He’s brought us through, and what He will do that we humble our hearts and truly give everything — every care — to Him.

It is in these moments of prayer and thanksgiving that we find true peace.

A peace that passes all understanding. A peace that guards us. A peace that comforts us.

What are you worrying about today? What thoughts are consuming your mind? What’s weighing heavily on your heart?

I encourage you today to set some time aside and pray… talk with God. Let Him know what’s on your mind. Then write Philippians 4:6–7 down on a piece of paper, a journal, a sticky note… and put it some place where you’ll be able to see it every day. And every time you see it, remind yourself: Be anxious for nothing.

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Kristina Shaffer is a Pennsylvania girl, born-and-raised, who recently relocated to North Carolina where she feels God has called her. She enjoys writing, drawing from her experiences as a pastor’s kid and worship leader to instruct and encourage others. She’s passionate about God, discovering new tea flavors to get her fix, books, photography, journaling, and running her blog called That Christian Girl.

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