March Scripture Reading: Anxiety & Fear

Anxiety and fear are two emotions constantly clawing their way into our minds. Battle those negative feelings with March Scripture Reading: Anxiety & Fear

March scripture reading

Spiritual Amnesia

There is something unique about fear, anxiety, and worry. It creates in us spiritual amnesia. We forget about all the times God has rescued us in the past. We fail to remember that God has worked out our problems again and again. Fear creates spiritual amnesia. In other words, we forget how good God really is! But don’t think you’re alone. The apostles went through it too.

Jesus Calms The Storm

I love the book Fearless by Max Lucado. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. The first chapter uses a bible story we all know very well – Jesus calming the storm. The story can be found in three of the four gospels. Each one says Jesus is asleep in the boat and stays asleep even as a great storm arises. Why is he asleep? Because He’s in control of it! Our “storms” don’t scare Him. Furthermore, there is something unique in the gospel of Mark. As waves crash into the boat, the apostles cry out in fear.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

As Lucado points out, these men have been traveling with Jesus for years. By this time, they have seen Him cast out demons and heal the blind. He has raised Lazarus from the dead and fed a crowd of 5,000 with just a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. And yet, as soon as they were fearful, the spiritual amnesia sets in. It’s like they totally forget that He is Lord. They don’t ask Him to calm the storm. Instead, they question his character. “Don’t you care if we drown?” And don’t we do the same? When fear overtakes us, don’t we forget that He is Lord and in control of it all?

Our Small Prayers

The truth is, we limit God with our prayers. Allow me to share something deeply personal. My husband and I are currently going through a season of anxiety and fear. In August, my husband will be losing his job. His employer is closing down his office. Currently, we are scrambling to find an engineering job, but in particular one that will not uproot us from my hometown.

So I began praying, asking God to send us something here that would match his salary. After a few weeks of praying, God revealed truth to me. – one that I had forgotten. I was limiting God by my prayer. I’m not saying we shouldn’t ask God for what we specifically want, but we limit God when we do so.

You Do Not Have, Because You Do Not Ask

Read what the apostle Paul writes :

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Boldly! Some translations say “confidently.” To be confident means with no doubt. That is the first point I want to make – that we can confidently go directly to God and ask for help and be assured that He will indeed help us.

But wait, it gets better. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Ephesians 3:20. This verse is why I say we limit God with our prayer. Ephesians 3:20 is why we should pray “Your will be done, Lord.” Here is the truth: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”

Ephesians 3:20

That’s right. God can do more for you than you can possibly imagine. Even better, He wants to! And if you don’t believe me, read John 10:10: A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

This doesn’t just mean in heaven. Eternity has already started, my friend. His will is the best for you! It’s bigger and better than you can imagine. When you get scared or anxious, don’t run away. Instead, run to God and listen to Him comfort you in these scriptures.

Scripture Reading Anxiety & Fear

This month, I’d love for you to join me in scripture reading, anxiety and fear. I pray these verses bring your peace and remember that God loves you, He is in control and wants the best for you.

Anxiety & Fear

Colossians 3:15
Mark 5:36
1 Peter 3:14
Deuteronomy 3:22
Zephaniah 3:17
Psalm 34:7
Isaiah 35:4
Psalm 55:22
Proverbs 12:25
1 Peter 5:6-8
Psalm 56:3
Romans 8:38-39
Revelation 1:17
Exodus 14:14
Psalm 118:6Isaiah 41:10
Philippians 4:6-7
Isaiah 35:4
Psalm 34:4
Proverbs 3:5-6
Luke 12:22
John 14:1
Joshua 1:9
2 Timothy 1:7
Isaiah 41:10
John 14:1
Psalm 94:19
Jeremiah 17:7-8
Matthew 11:28-30
John 14:27
Psalm 23

In the comment section below, please tell me how I can pray for you in this season of anxiety & fear and I’ll add you to my prayer list.

Join me next month for April’s Scripture Reading: Grief and Depression. Also, if you missed it, see also February’s Scripture Reading: Love & Kindness

February Scripture Reading: Love & Kindness

Love and kindness, go hand-in-hand. Love should be the primary quality of a Christian. Connect with God and other people through my February Scripture Reading: Love & Kindness

Love is a remarkable thing. The world is moved by love. Love is the motivator that causes a man to fight in combat for his country or a woman to give up her life for her child. Love caused God to become a man and lay his life down for our salvation. Today, we are going to talk about love & kindness.

February Scripture Reading

What Love Is

Scripture, in the Greek text, has three words to describe love. Eros, phileo, and agape (pronounced ah-ga-pay). Eros is used to describe romantic love. Phileo is friendly or brotherly love. While agape is the great love – the unconditional love. Agape is the kind of love God has for his children and the kind of love we are called to show to one another. Why does Christ command us to love? Because he knows people can be “unlovable,” at least according to the world’s standards. Scripture touches on it so much, because God knew it would be a daily struggle.

Kindness is just an extension of love. I like to think of kindness as “love in action.” Kindness is patience, mercy, and tenderness. When we choose to be kind, we are willing to endure things and people in patience. We choose to extend mercy, even when it is undeserved. Furthermore, kindness means choosing to be tender instead of callous.

February Scripture Reading

God’s Call to Love

Don’t be mistaken. Love isn’t a feeling; it’s a choice. It’s easy to love someone who loves you back. We all love those who are good to us. That is not what God means in his commandment. The real measure of love is when there is little or no motivation to do so. Some people are hard to love. Then there will be times in life when someone you love hurts you and you will be tempted to stop loving them. Above all, we are called as Christians to emulate God’s unstoppable love (Rom 8:38-39).

Praying woman

You see, God loves us even at our worst- even when we are bearing our teeth, gnashing at everything around us. When we are at rock bottom, He loves us. When we have failed over and over again, He loves us. He is kind to us (patient, merciful and tender).

So how do we love like Christ? First, we must understand we are incapable of perfect, unconditional love. To be clear, we are incapable in our own flesh. We do it, by calling upon the Holy Spirit and thereby abiding in the love of Christ. Therefore, the more time we spend in the presence of Christ, the greater the works of Christ through us.

Romans 5:8

Join me this February, to discover what to Lord has to say to us about Love and Kindness.

February Scripture Reading: Love & Kindness

  1. John 3:16
  2. Revelation 3:19
  3. Hebrews 13:1-2
  4. Matthew 5:44
  5. Proverbs 10:12
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:24
  7. Proverbs 3:3-4
  8. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
  9. 1 Corinthians 16:14
  10. Ephesians 4:2
  11. 1 John 4:19
  12. 1 Corinthians 2:9
  13. Isaiah 43:4
  14. John 15:13
  15. 1 John 4:20
  16. 1 Corinthians 13:7
  17. 1 John 4:18
  18. 1 John 4:8
  19. 1 Peter 3:10-11
  20. 1 John 2:15
  21. 1 Corinthians 13:8
  22. John 14:23
  23. John 13:35
  24. Galatians 5:13
  25. Romans 8:38-39
  26. 2 Corinthians 13:11
  27. 1 Corinthians 13:6
  28. 2 Timothy 1:7

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Join me in March for Anxiety & Fear scripture reading. Looking for more prayer devotionals? Learn more in the post She Does Him Good

She Does Him Good

She does him good. That is the motto of the Proverbs 31 woman. Enjoy this month long devotional of prayer prompts for your husband.

She does him good
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“She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:12

There are certainly many ways to bless your husband, but the best way certainly has to be praying for him. To make sure I do this for my husband daily, I put an alarm in my phone that goes off just minutes after he leaves in the morning. In the stillness of the morning, before my day gets too frantic, I pray for him. This is where us wives must be careful not to complain about him to God, but rather to pray for him. If you’ve never prayed for your husband, I challenge you to commit to it for 31 days and see how it not only changes you but your spouse. Here are a few ideas, based on my own prayers.

31 Days of Praying for Your Husband

1.Pray that he desires to go to church.

2. Pray that he is blessed with wisdom and discernment.

3. Pray that he finds friends who are Christ-centered and will hold him accountable.

4. Pray that he finds favor at work.

5. Pray he will find the Lord’s help when he is sexually tempted.

6. Pray he will love truth and hate lies.

7. Pray he is a wise financial steward.

8. Pray he will find joy in family life.

9. Pray he will forgive easily and quickly, extending grace to those who may not deserve it.

10. Pray he will confess any sins that are hidden.

11. Pray he find freedom from any strongholds.

12. Pray he assumes the role of wise leader in your family.

13. Pray he uses his gifts and abilities to magnify the Lord.

14. Pray that he cultivates deep relationships with his children.

15. Pray he will desire to read scripture.

16. Pray he will use scripture to make decisions.

17. Pray he operates with equal truth and grace.

18. Pray he love Jesus above all things.

19. Pray he will never despair.

20. Pray he will desire to protect your marriage from anything that might destroy it.

21. Pray he have a heart of gratitude.

21. Pray he rejects Satan and all his empty promises.

22. Pray any feelings of envy or jealousy leave his heart.

23. Pray he tempers his words carefully.

24. Pray he will ask for help when he needs it.

25. Pray he will discern when to listen and when to speak.

26. Pray he protects his five senses from things that are not holy.

27. Pray God strips away selfishness from his actions and heart.

28. Pray his ego decreases and humility increases.

29. Pray for the blessing of self-control and self-discipline.

30. Pray he submits to God’s will.

31. Pray he become God’s perfect design.


Before You Go

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