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Why Worry? Day 1

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Scripture: Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Devotional: Worry.  It’s a common problem that we share, and it will be the subject of our next two weeks of devotions.  We often make light of the things we focus on to worry about, even having a term for excessive worriers: worry warts. 

But worry isn’t something to take lightly.  Studies show that excessive worry not only doesn’t add to your life, as our Scripture suggests, but it actually takes away from your life. Excessive worrying has been shown to lower your IQ, increase health problems and shorten life. That’s enough to cause a worrier to worry.

But be encouraged.  And let’s dive in together for the next two weeks to seek to alleviate the worry from our life. Sure, the temptation to worry will always be there.  But the good news is you don’t have to bite.  You CAN learn to think differently. 

Reflect:

  • On a scale of 1-10, where would you rate your level of worry on a daily basis?
  • What things do you most find yourself being anxious about?

YOUNITED Day 7

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Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Devotional: Being able to live a life where we do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God takes a continual practice of self-examination and absolute transparency before God. 

Nowhere is this demonstrated more than in these words from King David.  Imagine if you would pray this prayer at the beginning or end (or both) of each day.  These are the kinds of prayers God loves to answer.  When we earnestly seek to do His will, He always honors that prayer.

Reflect: Take pause right now to pray and listen:

  • Search me God and know my heart…
  • Show me my anxious thoughts…
  • Reveal the offense in my heart and actions…
  • Lead me in your way.

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