Missouri: Wallace State Park
Verse and Version
Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. (NCV)
It is so easy to be distracted by anxiety and allow the worries of your life to weigh you down. Are you guilty of doing that too? I know that I certainly am! In reading Philippians 4:6, it reminds us that all we have to do is ask the Lord to lift the burden we feel that we are carrying. Yes, you may have heard God only gives us what we can handle, which is actually never actually said in the Bible but somehow it is true. The great news is that we do not need to have anxiety or worry over it. Just pray and thank the Lord, our God, for everything and ask him to remove this burden from you. Or to put it in other words: “You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” Exodus 14:14 (NCV).
It’s so easy to get caught up in the moments of an emotional breakdown, I know that I have. I’m a follower of Christ, a Christian, but I’m far from perfect. Allow God to remove the burden of anxiety or worry and then give thanks!
This is a little flashback on one of my first travel devotionals with the man who is going to be my husband as of January 16, 2018! This was taken during an “off time” of our old employment. We did over the road hauling logging like 10000/week miles. It was a lot!
But here we are, this was the beautiful Wallace State Park in Missouri. My fiancé had spent some time in Missouri when he was in the military, he was sure there was nothing we could find in Missouri worth stopping for. As you can see, we did. These photos are just a glimpse of the beautiful world God created for us!
We sat down and took out our study bible and did some cross-reference readings for the devotional. We had an amazing talk about the anxiety issues we both face. Different types of anxiety that happen at different moments. We went on an amazing hike in a beautiful place and explored God’s word and the woods! The title of the devotional “Are We There Yet?” forced us to really examine how anxious we had both become with the lack of work for that week. Instead of continuing the anxiety, we enjoyed our week off! We had saved and put everything away and had a new contract for the next week.
Missouri is far more beautiful than it gets credit for!
*Having an anxiety disorder differs from having occasional or symptomatic anxiety