Daily Hope by Rick Warren

I receive a Purpose Driven Connection Daily Devotional via email everyday and it never fails to inspire me. It is my daily dose of spiritual food which I can't help but share. I particularly love the 24th November devotional that i quickly forwarded to my hubby as soon as i received it. Hubby tend to worry too much about our future and sometimes, i do too. It felt like the devotional below was specifically written for us to read:

Being Thankful Even in These Tough Times
by Rick Warren

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NLT)

When the Apostle Paul says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord,” he doesn’t say to only be joyful in good times. Even when times are tough, the Bible teaches we can be joyful if we follow this simple strategy:

Don’t worry about anything. Worrying doesn’t change anything. It’s stewing without doing. There are no such things as born-worriers. Worry is a learned response. You learned it from your parents. You learned it from your peers. You learned it from experience. That’s good news: The fact that worry is learned means it can also be unlearned.

How do you unlearn it? Jesus says in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (NIV). He’s saying don’t open your umbrella until it starts raining. Live one day at a time.

Pray about everything. Instead of worrying, use your time for praying. If you prayed as much as you worried, you’d have a lot less to worry about. Is God interested in car payments? Yes. He’s interested in every detail of your life. That means you can take any problem you face to God.

Thank God in all things. When you pray, pray with thanksgiving. The healthiest human emotion is not love but gratitude. It actually increases your immunities. It makes you more resistant to stress and less susceptible to illness. People who are grateful are happy. But people who are ungrateful are miserable because nothing makes them happy. They’re never satisfied. It’s never good enough. So if you cultivate the attitude of gratitude, of being thankful in everything, it reduces stress in your life.

Think about the right things. If you want to reduce the level of stress in your life, you must change the way you think, because the way you think determines how you feel. And the way you feel determines how you act. The Bible teaches that, if you want to change your life, you need to change what you’re thinking about.

This involves a deliberate, conscious choice where you choose to think about the right things. We need to choose to think on the positive and on God’s Word.

What is the result of not worrying, praying about everything, giving thanks, and focusing on the right things? Paul says we will then “experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NLT).

What do you worry about? Talk to God about your worries and honestly tell him why you worry.

If you prayed as much as you worried, how do you think your life would change?

God says he has your best interest at heart. Thank him in all things, even if you cannot understand what God is up to in your life.

What do you think about most? What do you think God wants you to think about? Are these two things in alignment? If not, then why?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. 

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and the light of HOPE has been lighted. There's is no better way to start preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ than following the simple strategy mentioned above and meditate on the questions asked.

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  1. Cher, I love that gorgeous water lily photo from your previous post! Thank you for sharing it. Also appreciate the thoughts you share here; I have found that making a habit of being thankful (and specifically listing or bringing to mind the many gifts for which I am grateful) helps drive out worry and other negative emotions and thoughts.

  2. thanks for sharing Che, having negative emotions can't be avoided sometimes in this kind of world we live in, but thankfully, praying, talking to God and experiencing His love in the silence of our hearts and in nature lifts up the spirit and joy runs endlessly like running water in river stream.

  3. Hi, Che. I love this sharing. Rick Warren was really right when he said "Think about the right things". People contribute to their own psychological disturbance/problems, by the way they interpret events and situations. The way we think is the way we feel. The way we feel is the way we act. Having negative thoughts like worries will make us feel afraid of facing anything, and being afraid will impede us from taking into action what we want to do for our lives. With this, it's very significant that we always think 90% positive (although we have reservations that we might fail- 10%). Remove irrational ideas in our minds to achieve good psychological health. :-)

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