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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Finding the anxiety-relief in your life
By D. Phenes


Have you ever felt discouraged when a co worker makes a negative comment about your work? Or what about when your spouse tells you did not do something correctly and they could have done it better? Are you concerned about whether you have done enough for your child's birthday party? There are so many words that get said or little circumstances, that cause us to have emotional meltdowns. Is there a way to not let these words effect us? Can we feel comfortable with just getting things done right and not having to go overboard?

Recently I was, told that my personality is of such, that I take things personally. Now that troubles me when I hear that.. Case in point! Why do I worry or fret so easily? Is there anyone out there that can relate to me?

Martha in the New Testament was a lot like me. She worried and fussed that all was right for Jesus visit. Just picture her in the present day, do I have my nice dishes out, is the tea water warm enough? God forbid His Son would have to eat out of normal dishes or sip luke warm tea. That's not what is important Martha!! Stop your fretting and focus on the important and positive things about Christ's visit. Martha, you get to hear the WORDS of the SON of GOD. To be encouraged in your home by Peace Maker himself Christ. How cool is that Martha?!

So maybe it did not go down like that in Martha's time, but can you see all her wasted energy, thoughts and time. All that brought her more stress and feelings of inadequacy. When it could have been focused on what would have made her feel more fulfilled and at peace. The bible tells us in Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (NIV)


Dear Father,

Please help me to keep my eyes on you and not get distracted in the non-essential parts of life. If I am feeling overwhelmed or insecure in the little stresses of life, remind me to give those "ANXIETIES" to you and move on. Knowing you are there and will always be my anxiety-relief.


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Yvonne Blake 02/14/08
Yes, we all need to say this prayer. Giving an example of fretting over something would help the reader relate to your thoughts.
May God answer your prayers.
Nancy Quinn02/17/08
Nice devotional - I tend to be a martha too! God bless, :)
Debbie Wistrom02/19/08
I love reading about Martha, I feel you have more to say, use all your 750 words and say it, keep writing, I liked the modern angle/feel.
Lynda Schultz 02/19/08
What I love best about Martha's story is that it was Martha who was first to come running to Jesus when her brother died, and it was with Martha that He discussed the deep theological truths of the resurrection. She must have learned the lesson. Good thoughts.
LauraLee Shaw02/20/08
How many FW challenge writers can relate to this, I'm sure. When you hold your breath over the next yellow box, yes, that's anxiety! Thank you for the reminder of where true relief comes from. ;)
Joshua Janoski02/21/08
Having suffered with anxiety and panic attacks in the past, I definitely appreciated this article. Isn't it crazy how many silly little things we let get us down? There is so much good to be found by focusing on the things of God. Thank you for sharing!
Marlene Austin02/21/08
Genuine, heartfelt. Nice writing. :)
Laury Hubrich 02/21/08
Very nice devotional. Keep on writing! And yes, you threw your brick right! Yea!
Celeste Ammirata02/29/08
How relevant your story is for today's Christians. It takes a lot of work and prayers to be able to 'Give it up to God'. But once we learn how to put our total trust in him, life is much easier to deal with.
God Bless