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Anxiety check for this Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful for birds and bees, here’s why…

Have you looked at the birds today? Have you thought of who takes care of them? Who provides food for them? Who makes the bugs that they should eat?

Matthew 6:26 makes us turn our gaze towards the sky and look for the proof that will back up Jesus‘ statement. It raises the question of control. Who is really in control of life today, right this second? It’s not you for sure! You are not seeing that all the birds have enough water, or food or shelter, not even for yourself.

Even if we become anxious about all the birds in the sky, we cannot give them the next breath. That’s when we realize how powerless we really are! So why bother in being anxious? If we can’t even add a single hour to our lives?

Why add anxiety to our hours, if we can choose to add joy to our day!

This whole passage of Matthew 6 is a big reality check. The climax is when Jesus says we should not be anxious about our life. How does He convince us that it is not profitable or something we ought to do? Well, He makes us realize our littleness. We are but a vapor and He is in control of the whole world.

When we worry, the least thing we think about is BIRDS. Or FLOWERS, or the other millions of people in the world, we just focus on SELF. What we need, what we are missing, our troubles, our lack of “you-name-it”. So to get us to stop being self-centered Jesus just invites us to look up, look outside and look to Him.

We are not the only ones on earth, yet, God is still in control of everyone and us at the same time! He makes His point so clear that bringing up something so trivial like lilies of the field, something we do not worry about, but still need care, breaks any reasons we might have to defend our worry or anxiety.

I am not writing this as an expert on dealing with anxiety, I write this because I need to preach it to myself too! And I thought someone else might need to be reminded of this. So I hope you enjoy todays little reminders of Who really is in control of your life!

What makes you anxious the most? 
What else helps you exchange anxiety with joy?

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Thankful Thursday

It’s the very first Thankful Thursday this November!

Here are 6 things to be grateful for this month:

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1. Adoption Month video @  Joni and Friends

Did you know November is Adoption Awareness month? Well, neither did I. Adoption makes my heart melt, so I’m thankful for the families that bless the fatherless.

2. 30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is here!

Thankful for the blogging community and the challenges of NaBloPoMo!

3. No-Shave November

Do I need to say more? haha

Ryan and beards

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5. Pan de muertos

I don’t celebrate El Dia de Muertos at all. But around November 1st and 2nd in México you can find in any “panadería” (bread shop) ‘Pan de Muertos’ which has the shape of bones at the top. It’s very sweet and with a funny shape, but I love it!

6. Thanksgiving

I think it’s self explanatory 🙂

Do you have any other thankful triggers this November? What are you thankful for this month?

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Thankful Thursday: Friends who stick

Honestly when you are undergoing a great deal of pain, -pain from the heart- you get suffocated by talking to people even by thinking and breathing on your own. So when a friend comes and tries to talk, be with you, get you out of bed to see the sun light again…you are all like…

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…am I right? at least it is true for me haha

Mourning and grieving is natural, it’s personal! But it’s easier if shared with someone who cares! (Galatians 6:2) Just like Pastor Bill said after loosing his wife to 8 yrs of fighting cancer,

I mean, I’m grateful for the friends who would say, “Do you want me to come over?” I’d go, “No,” and they’d go, “Okay, I’ll be there in an hour,” you know? And just imposed themselves into my life, and brought rails that I would’ve run off of, you know? So, community rescued me, yeah. -Pastor Bill (From Real Marriage Sermons, Week 11)

That’s why today I’m thankful beyond words to God for sending friends who stick closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). It is refreshing for the soul to weep with someone, to be listened to, to pray together, to be encouraged, to share silence and even by having them insist on  going out when you least feel like it! I’m so grateful for such friendships and I pray that I can be a friend when needed. To be able to look at other people’s needs and share that moment of silence with them, make them smile, make them look outside of themselves and keep going!

So thank you for asking, thank you for not asking. Thank you for sharing and understanding, for pursuing our friendship and giving time to heal. Thank you for crying, thank you for smiling. 🙂

Happy Thursday!

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