In my training in days of not caring, I didn't care about writing these words of testimony about "not caring". Haha! At first this idea of not caring seemed so careless and irresponsible. However, over time and practice, I have had a paradigm shift. After all, Jesus said to cast our cares upon him. What an offer! I realized that Jesus cares enough about me and about others, far more than I can ever care, so why not let him care and I care less. When worry or anxiety reared its head, I began to say"I don't care". This began to activate something in my brain that released my caring. This statement became very liberating. I know what you're thinking. I thought the same thing. How can I not care about my kids, my job, my finances, the coronavirus? What control do I really have with any of these cares anyway? Truthfully! But I can control my choices and my attitude! Today I choose an attitude of humility and gratitude and I'll let God care about all these things that I don't need to care about because He cares. You may think this is ludicrous or that I am crazy. That's OK! Because I don't care!!! Try it! Repeat after me. "I DON'T CARE"
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:14-16)
A simple way to connect with God in the middle of your busy day. From John Eldredge, the New York Times Best Selling Author of Wild at Heart and Captivating.
Based on the One Minute Pause chapter of his new book Get Your Life Back, this app invites you into the simple practice of releasing everything to God, restoring your union with God and inviting him to fill you. Go to the link below to download to your iPhone or Android.
"Trouble is one of God’s great servants because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord." -Jim Cymbala
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. -Isaiah 12:2
Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.
-Woman’s Home Companion, 1935
The World Says:
Nearly One-Third of US 'Losing Sleep' Over Coronavirus Worries
But God says:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen
Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, but she also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.
As she discovered in her own life, God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.
In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.
It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us.
Simple Unplugging | Ransomed Heart Podcast | John Eldredge
To celebrate the release of John Eldridge's new book, Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices For a World Gone Mad, this series reveals everyday practices to care for your soul in a world gone mad. Part 1 begins with a look at technology's assault on our attention.
Of course I sympathize with all your trials. The only thing I can do is pray that God will comfort you. You really need the Spirit of God to give you strength in your trials. His spirit will hold back the overpowering nature of your natural strength. It is natural to want to defend yourself against the problems you now face. But do not fight them with your own strength.
As far as the letter regarding your birth, I think you should give it to God. Ask for God's mercy on the one who wants to hurt you. I have always sensed that you were sensitive about this point.
God always attacks you on your weak side. You do not try to kill someone by hitting him where he is the strongest. You must aim for his vital organs: the seat of his life. When God aims to kill your old self-nature. He touches the tender-est spot—the spot full of life! This is why he gives you the kinds of trials that He does.
Allow yourself to be humbled. If you are silent and peaceful when humiliating things happen to you, you will grow in grace. I realize that you will be tempted to defend yourself for a thousand different reasons. But it is far better to be humbly silent. Humility that can still talk needs to be carefully watched. You will comfort yourself too much when you speak out.
Don't be so upset when things are said about you. Let the world talk; just seek to do the will of God. You will never be able to entirely satisfy people and it isn't worth the painful effort. Silent peace and sweet fellowship with God will repay you for every evil word spoken against you. Love your neighbor without expecting his friendship. People will come and go—let them do as they please. See only God. He is the One that afflicts or comforts you through people and circumstances. He does this for your benefit.
~Francois Fénelon (1651–1715)
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his span of life?”
“You have three types of friends in life: Friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour
"Here's the key. Don't get involved in battles that are not between you and your destiny. Most of the conflict we engage in is a distraction. The enemy would love to get you off-course, offended, trying to straighten people out, trying to convince them that you're okay. Your job is not to change people's mind about you. Your job is not to try to make people like you. Your job is to run your race, to be who God called you to be, and not worry about the critics and the naysayers. God will cause the right people to like you, but one of the best things I've learned is everybody is not supposed to like you. Everybody is not supposed to approve you. Some people are ordained by God, not by the enemy, but by God to not be for you. You have to accept that everyone is not going to accept you."
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.