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By Mike Chaffin

  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1

          Worry, stress, doubt, and anxiety seem to be a hallmark of a lot of lives.  I’m reminded of the lazy farmers on Hee Haw who sang the same jingle each week,

                   “Doom, despair, and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery.  If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Doom, Despair and Agony on me!”

          I bet we all know people who feel that way. Maybe some days we’re there mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. But Jesus says we don’t have to be burdened by troubling doubts and worries.  He gave us many promises and assurances that God is watching over his children.  We may not be rich in wealth or ‘things’ but He meets our needs and provides.  We just need to believe Him and take Him at His word.             

         During Jesus earthly ministry everything He did was to prove we could trust Him.  When we accept Jesus as our Savior by believing in Him and asking Him to come into our hearts, new life is just starting.  The key to that new life is to trust Jesus with our whole being.  He changes our heart, and he changes our attitude. As a result, he changes the songs we dance to. 

         No more do we need to believe the Hee Haw song is our song.  There is a new hit song on the radio by Stephen Stanley called Rest in The Father.  The chorus says,

                   “Even in troubled waters, even on shaking ground, you can find rest in the Father, lay your worries down.” 

          Click THIS LINK if you want to read the entire lyrics or hear this great song.      

          Let not your heart be troubled.  Jesus is here for you.  Believe and trust. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, I sometimes am consumed by life and the troubles it brings.  Help me to look to you for you are my rock in stormy times.  I know I can cling to you and the words you spoke in the Bible.  I can trust in your promises.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


 * There is a website that conducted a search for Bible verses.  They compiled a list of the verses in order of the magnitude of hits they got in their search.  Some of these verses probably qualify as ‘people’s favorites’, while others might be on the list because they are some of the most important and most teachable words of God. 

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