Life can be full of problems and at times can make us filled with worry. You may worry about lots of things
such as family, a relationship, your health, job and money. I don't know about you but I find there is always
something I can worry about, things such as, What should I wear to a night out? or Does the house look tidy
enough for visitors? Did I say the wrong thing? Whether a small issue or a big one, worry can be destructive
and make you feel uncomfortable or even unwell. This is the reason why 'Encouragement for Women' is here to
help lift you up with encouraging words. The most encouraging words can be found in the Bible. In Proverbs
12:25 it confirms how bad worry can be for you when it says ...
'Anxiety in the heart of man (and woman) causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.'
Jesus says, 'Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor
about your body, what you will put on ... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor
spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Therefore do not
worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.'
(Matthew 6:25,28,29,34) (NIV).
Have you ever looked closely at a lily or any flower and seen all the amazing
details? Wow. God created the beautiful
flowers that are here today and then gone tomorrow. He provides water and everything they need for life, and we can
take encouragement from this, knowing how much more he will provide for us His children. Jesus tells us not to worry
about what might happen in the future, today has enough worries of its own. He knows our needs and will provide
everything for us.
Even though we know worry is not good for us and doesn't solve anything, it can still niggle away at the back of our
minds. I found sometimes I would think Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, but what about the thing I am
worried about today! It is then that I remember 1 Peter 5:6-7 ...
'Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast
all your anxiety on Him because He (God) cares for you.' (NIV).
Don't try to deal with things alone. God understands and wants you to come to him.
Jesus said, 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' (Matthew 11:28) (NIV)