So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.~Colossians 2:6-7 NIV
Every day I wake up and meditate on Scripture. Being in the Word grounds me and has a positive impact on my life. However, there are some days that I have gone sideways despite my routine. I was disconcerted about this and so I shared my concern with a group of friends.
One friend shared a scripture that spoke to me, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). Then she prayed with me and the whole group agreed with her intercession. I felt the prayers!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.~Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Peace came over me and I let go of my worries, knowing God was willing to carry my burdens. I didn’t worry about deadlines or letting people down. I left all my worries at the feet of Jesus. I knew my spiritual life had been under attack and I had to change my mindset. I needed to ground myself in the Word of God, knowing that eventually, my emotions would catch up with my decision to follow Christ Jesus and to believe He was looking out for me.
I let go of my worries, knowing God was willing to carry my burdens.~Maria T. Henriksen, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
God says in His Word, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7 NIV). I found good, even in the midst of turmoil, and as God showed me, that He was still in control peace washed over my soul. I am profoundly thankful that I have a God who takes care of my needs and that I have friends who pray the Word.
God is good and He is faithful.
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Share a time a friend’s prayers has made a difference in your life.
Heavenly Father, I am humbled by your sovereignty. Thank You for taking care of my worries so I can rest. Remind me often that you have my best interests at heart. Thank You for giving me friends who know Your Word, and who uphold me in prayer. Help me in my quest to know You with my whole heart.
In your Son’s precious Name, I pray. Amen.
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MARIA T. HENRIKSEN
Maria T. Henriksen is the author of Not Again (Maria T. Henriksen Publishing), a young adult Christian romance novel. She is working on the sequel entitled, Not Again: The Fallout (Maria T. Henriksen Publishing), to be published in 2021.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Maria hosts a ministry through her blog, Maria’s Ministry. She manages a Facebook group, Maria’s Muses: Inspirational, Christian, & Close-to-the-Heart Readers, which consists of Christian writers, readers, and contributors.
Maria graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. She has experience in graphic arts, finance, banking, health, fitness, and beauty, and substitute teaching.
As a wife for over two decades, Maria considers herself blessed. She and her husband are the proud parents of twin boy/girl teenagers. In her spare time, she runs, writes poems and songs, creates graphics, enjoys family activities, and reads. Maria’s greatest desire is for lives to be transformed through her inspirational writings.
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