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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Is there something on your mind? A certain problem, or issue, or pain point, or dilemma that stays with you constantly? Are you without a solution? No clue how to bring the stressor to an end? Are you overwhelmed by lack of direction?

I hear you.

Friend, today I want to share 2 very important concepts with you that I believe will change your life should you choose to adopt them, and both are based on the belief that Scripture is absolute Truth. I believe every verse is a promise directly to us from God, and there is such relief in this belief. Can I say that again? There is relief in belief.

The first concept I want to teach to you is:  You do NOT have to be a slave to the problem. 

Regardless of what you are dealing with: weight, anxiety, finances, where to volunteer, what to do about work, or even what to pack in the kids’ lunchbox. You do NOT have to be a slave to that problem. Are you a slave to it? Do you think about it all the time? Is it giving you a stomach ache you are so upset about it? Read this verse:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 

Galatians 5:1

A yoke is a type of harness, something that holds you in place. It is restrictive, and its purpose is to allow someone or something else to guide your movement. If Word is Truth, then Galatians 5:1 means that Christ has set us free from the yoke! We don’t have to be a slave to the problem, so let’s not be. When you find yourself worrying, pull out this verse and say it out loud. Write it on a post-it note and stick it to your mirror. Keep a copy in your wallet. Set an alarm on your phone with this verse as the title. Allow it to become part of your belief system and let go of the problem, knowing Christ has set you free.

Not to say the problem no longer exists, but you do not have to be a slave to it! It doesn’t have to control your thoughts. Pray for wisdom (Provers 2:6 or James 1:5) when faced with it and remember the next concept I am teaching today:

If you are not praying Scripture, you are not praying Truth.

Friends, pray Scripture! I’m serious, whatever the problem is, there is a perfect Scripture to attach to it.

Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16.) The Bible is basically an entire book of guidance from God…all we have to do is open it up and look. Here are a few of my favorite verses to attach to different situations, but if none of these apply to you and your problem, don’t shy away from Googling “verses that deal with_________”.

Fear: The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Deuteronomy 31:8 

Finances: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 

OR

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

Work: Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 

Marriage: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:2-3

Friends, these are just a few verses but there are so many more. Like I mentioned above, write the verse or verses that counteract your problem on a post-it and stick them around your house. Pray the verse every morning, and all throughout the day. Stick your name in it as though it was written just for you–cause it was! ie: (Lauren commits to the Lord whatever she does and the Lord establishes Lauren’s plans. Proverbs 16:3) Allow the verse to be your Truth, not the problem. I am a firm believer that most problems don’t have to exist forever. With prayer and hard-work, either your reality can change or your thoughts surrounding the issue can change. Either way, the fear and worry don’t have to remain.

Let’s not be slaves to problems. Let’s pray Scripture. God did not create us to deal with everything alone. Actually, he made us to truly need Him.

If you enjoyed this article, I ask that you forward it on to someone who may benefit from it, someone who is worried or fearful. Have a beautiful day, friends.

To learn more about Lauren and The Art of Living Beautifully, please visit our ‘about’ page.

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