Deb Toering is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. In addition to working with a wide range of client populations and presenting issues, Deb is also an engaging public speaker. She has spoken in front of various groups across a range of topics including marriage, bullying, ADHD/ADD, and teen leadership.
From a human perspective, we have much to feel anxious about. Can we pay our bills? What will be the result of that last medical test? Can I forgive someone who hurt me deeply? Will we have money for retirement? What happens if I lose my job? Will my children be strong enough to escape the temptations that could cause them so much grief? Will they be successful and happy? Our worries are many, and increasing daily.
From God’s perspective, we need not be anxious. Is it possible to live without worry? You may think that your troubles are too big and too numerous. Does God really care about you? Yes! He knows our natural tendency toward worry, so He tells us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
He tells us to bring EVERY concern to Him in prayer; to thank Him in advance for His answers. Thanksgiving conveys our faith in God who is trustworthy, who is sovereign, who loves us unconditionally, and causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called to His purpose. Romans 8:28
The result of doing what God asks of us is a peace that is beyond our human understanding. Goodbye worry! (At least until the next crisis!)