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Morning Prayer, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: DON'T PANIC

Father God, help me to take the word "panic" out of my vocabulary.  Amen

Matthew 6:34 and Philippians 4:6

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles.  It takes away today's peace." Kennedy turned and looked at the clock on her nightstand.  It was 2:00 a.m.  She had been trying to fall asleep for the past three hours.  So far she had cried, twisted, turned and racked her brain trying to figure a way out of her situation.  Who could she call, she wondered.  As her eyes got droopy, Kennedy heard an audible voice that said "Me."  She bolted straight up in bed switching on the light.  In her heart, she already knew it was God speaking to her.  Her rent was due and all she had in the bank was $50.  What was she going to do, she thought to herself, wiping at a tear rolling down her cheek.  The voice again said, "Trust me."   Exhausted, Kennedy threw up her hands.  "I do trust you Lord, but . . . "  It was when the words dropped off her lips that Kennedy knew she lacked true faith in God.  "Lord, I believe," she cried out.  "Please help mine unbelief."  She switched off the light, and just before she fell off to sleep, she whispered, "Lord, help."  The next morning Kennedy woke up with her mind on her problem.  On her way to her car, she had a strong urge to stop at her mailbox.  Glancing at her watch, she rushed over, grabbed the mail, stuffing it in her bag and left.  Her morning was busy so she decided to go through the mail during her lunch hour.  She had a deadline to meet so she decided to wait until later that afternoon.  A nagging in her spirit pushed her to open the mail.  One of the envelopes looked like a check.  In fact, it was a settlement check for $2,025.  Kennedy started to cry.  Her rent was $1,100.  She would have enough left over to buy groceries, gas and catch up on a few other bills. As she started at the check, she felt guilty about not trusting God.  Why did she always panic she wondered.  Why do we?  Why do we worry unnecessarily instead of trusting God implicitly?  I want to do better Lord.  I want to do better.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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