Devotional by Paula Sanders Blackwell
Hello my name is Paula Sanders Blackwell and I’m a recovering addict.
If we are real with ourselves everyone is recovering from something. I am a food addict.
I was completely confused about how I was filling my life with bad food. Food filled my loneliness and it filled my celebrations.
I am also a recovering control freak. All these things I would often try to control but realizing I had no control over anything.
I discovered the power of prayer. I began to lay my burdens down and guess what? I left them there. I didn’t worry over them anymore. I didn’t stress over the consequences. I just decided one day to give it to God. Many times we go to God in prayer and then worry about it too. I realized I couldn’t do both that was wasting my energy.
The lesson I learned was to take it to the lord in prayer and leave it there. I put it out of my head. I quit sweating myself. My anxiety level decreased.
Today, I do not stress out over many things anymore. I do have to remind myself not to allow people, jobs, money or work to stress me. But it’s a lesson I learned the hard way.
Choose today – you’re either going to pray or stress. I vote to pray.
John 14:27 (ESV)
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.