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One of the most powerful weapons that God gives us against fear is prayer. His Word tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
That’s right, prayer is the antidote to anxiety. And it’s only when we open the lines of communication with our heavenly Father that we experience the incredible joy and peace He wants us to have—whatever our circumstances may be.
But God also encourages us to pray for others as well, which is why we’d love to know how we can pray for you. Just visit SeniorLivingMinistries.org/prayer and let us know what’s on your heart.
And while you’re there, be sure to request our Daily Living Devotionals so you can be encouraged by God’s Word every day.
God wants you to live with joy and peace—not constant worry and fear. So we look forward to connecting with you and encouraging you to embrace the life He intends!
Spring is here… and that means more people are heading outdoors for cookouts and picnics! This yummy salad serves a big group, making it the perfect starter or side dish for your get-togethers as the weather warms up. Enjoy!
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup radishes, sliced
1 16-ounce package frozen peas
1 8-ounce can diced water chestnuts
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Anything else with a crunch—carrots, sunflower seeds, nuts, bacon bits, etc.
1 quart mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
Beginning with the lettuce, layer ingredients in a 13x9-inch pan, one on top of the other. Then cover the entire salad with mayonnaise, all the way to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with sugar and salt.
Cover the dish and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, sprinkle with cheese and cover with eggs. Enjoy!
Q: Warren, my medical bills are piling up and I’m losing sleep over not being able to pay them. How can I have peace when I’m so worried?
A: Things like medical bills can seem so daunting, especially when you owe so much but have so little. But God is in control over your medical bills. He knows what you need and He’ll provide for you. He’s not surprised by how much you owe—but has it perfectly in His hands. So trust Him. Don’t be overwhelmed by the stack of bills. Remember the promises of His Word: You’re not alone. He will take care of you. And you can trust in Him to get you through your challenges.
By Warren Olson
A few years ago, some members of our family were called to Africa to live as missionaries. They had two young children at the time, so you can imagine there was a good amount of concern in their hearts as they prepared to leave their home behind and step out into the unknown.
Questions swirled around in their minds… What if their kids got sick? What if they were attacked for being Christians? What if the ministry they went so far to accomplish failed?
Very often, the “what ifs” of life paralyze us. I know people personally who’ve been overwhelmed with fear and worry as they’ve pondered questions like…
What if my health fails?
What if my family abandons me?
What if I can’t pay my bills?
But in Christ, you don’t have to let the “what ifs” of life cripple you. Matthew chapter 6 records Jesus speaking to a crowd of people who lived in extremely uncertain days. Fear was part of their everyday lives. Would they have enough money to eat? To even clothe themselves?
So Jesus reassures them in verses 25-27…
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Jesus is essentially saying, “I know it seems like there’s so much to worry about. But God takes care of the little things like birds—and He will take care of you because you are of much more value than they are. So stop being fearful and trust Him!”
The truth is worry and fear are rooted not so much in our circumstances, but in our lack of trust in God. I read a statistic not long ago that said when it comes to worry…
Worry and fear are rooted not so much in our circumstances, but in our lack of trust in God.
- 40% of the things we worry about never happen.
- 30% of our worries are about things we can't change anyway.
- 12% of our worries are about criticisms from others that are mostly untrue.
- 10% of our worries are about our health, which only gets worse with stress.
- 8% of our worries are about real problems we'll face and can do something about.
That means less than a tenth of our fears are about things we can actually change. The rest are not worth the time and energy it takes to worry!
Less than a tenth of our fears are about things we can actually change. The rest are not worth the time and energy it takes to worry!
After they returned from Africa, our family members told us the vast majority of the concerns they had before they left never even materialized. And even when challenges did come their way, God showed up and made it clear He was in control. Going through the challenges wasn’t nearly as hard as they’d imagined it would be!
No matter what your worries are today—your health, family, finances, or whatever—it’s important to remember that God is in control. So take your worries and cares to Him. Go to Him in prayer during your anxious moments, and find comfort in the promises of His Word.
Step out in faith, watch as He takes control of your life, and you’ll flourish in the face of fear!