Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to Benefit from Worry

Have years of worry sapped your strength? There's a fierce battle going on where Satan would love nothing better than to gain control of your mind. Constant worry leaves a person vulnerable to the enemy. It saps your energy, leaving you feel completely drained.

Worrying is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere. When I start to worry, I encourage myself with an old Sunday school song that reminds me what I really need to do—pray and trust!

Why worry when you can pray?
Trust Jesus. He'll be your stay.
Don't be a Doubting Thomas.
Rest fully in His promise.
Why worry, worry, worry, worry
When you can pray!

Instead of worrying, invest that energy in praying and trusting God. Sing! Put on some godly worship music that carries you into God's Presence.

There's no need to despise this weakness towards worry. What Satan means for evil, God can use for good. Use it as a tool to draw closer to God. Whenever Satan tempts you to worry, recognize his tactics and see it as your constant need to create an intimacy with God that is well worth the effort.

Each time you flex your spiritual muscles, grabbing the fiery dart of worry that Satan hurls at you, you have an opportunity to strengthen yourself spiritually, by hurling that fiery dart straight back at Satan in the form of prayer, praise, song, worship or quoting Scripture—a mighty arsenal of powerful weapons of spiritual warfare.

Ask God to control your mind. He will bless you with peace in place of worry.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.

—Isaiah 26:3

Battlefield of the Mind Commemorative Edition
Weapons of Our Warfare

Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to our Blog!

In case you're wondering, we'd like to let you meet the people and ministries behind our store, plus share interesting customer stories and helpful shopping tips. Because we understand that life gets tough, we'll also be sharing encouraging quotes and Scriptures to lift your heart along the way.

Hopefully, these entries will help you get to know us better and inspire you to face life with your head held high, knowing you have nothing to fear because God is still in control.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.                  —Isaiah 41:10
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Go ahead and take a minute to let us hear from you.