Renee says on page 161, "There are times when I don't realize I'm worried. My mind is wired to think a lot, so I get used to the constant flurry of motion in my brain. Worry will slowly start to creep in, and before I know it there's a stirring in my heart, my neck gets tense, my mind won't shift gears, and little concerns kick into full-blown worries.
Too often, instead of talking to Jesus, I think a lot of times we just start talking to ourselves in our heads until our accumulation of concerns become worries. Yet Jesus invites us to come and talk to Him. He promises a resting place for our restless hearts. He says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28)."
Renee gives us three examples from Paul to receive God's peace when we are worrying:
1. Stop worrying - press the pause button on my consuming concerns.
2. Start praying - open my mouth and tell god what I need.
3. Keep thanking God - remind my heart of God's goodness by thanking Him for what He's done.
She ends this chapter with, "When you feel worried, talk to Jesus instead of talking to yourself. Instead of bossing others around, boss your heart around by reminding it to remember who God is - and how good He is at being God. Remember that more than simply serving Him, God wants you to seek Him. He wants you to sit with Him so He can give you His perspective and fill your heart with confidence in His presence each day."
Till next time, let your light shine!
*pg. 159, A Confident Heart. Swope, Renee.