Today I was able to go back to in-person church service for the first time in months. My church put new restrictions in place to ensure that the occupancy remained below 250 people (I go to a huge church where the weekly attendance was around 4,000 per week before Covid-19). We had to register in advance and were seating by ushers so that we were distanced from other attendees. We even had to park distanced from the other cars! Overall I felt very comfortable and loved how they were able to implement a “no touch” experience! It was amazing to be worshipping with the crowd, and listening to the sermon in person, especially after being away for so long. My heart has been longing for this!
Today the sermon was about something near and dear to my heart and that is dealing with worry and anxiety. Our pastor talked about how God teaches us to deal with anxiety through scripture. And he touched on one of my very favorite verses, and that is Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I love this verse because it reminds me that God did not intend for me to feel anxious. I can pray to Him and give my worries over to Him and He will take care of them for me. I am reminded that God has my back and He will help me through anything! Keeping my focus on that during difficult times (i.e. a global pandemic) is so hard but also so helpful!
My pastor also shared a clear action plan of how to deal with worry based on Phil 4:4-11: Pray, Think, Act. First take your prayers and petitions to God. Pray about your concerns. (Phil 4:6) Next, think of what is true, noble, right, pure, and just. Think about the things that are excellent and praiseworthy. (Phil 4:8) Finally, take action and put what you learn into practice. Focus on serving others rather than serving yourself. (Phil 4:9)
Do you have a spiritual practice or verse that helps you through difficult times? Leave it below in the comments!