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The 2 Things That Drive Worriers Crazy…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on The Son Rise Morning Show today on EWTN Radio:

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)

There are two things that those of us who are “worriers” don’t like – being still and being patient. We prefer to be in control and, as a result, have a tendency to run around and “do things”. We also don’t like to wait. When we want something, we want it now !

In this verse, the Lord lets us know that He wants us to give Him a little room to work in our lives. While He certainly expects us to do what we can to solve our problems, there comes a time when we have to turn control over to Him. After we’ve taken care of the things in our control, we need to step back and let God do His job. The other thing He asks for is “time”. There is no doubt that the Lord operates according to His own schedule. We can see this by looking at the coming of the Messiah. People waited for thousands of years for Him, but Jesus wasn’t born until the time was right – in God’s eyes. Many times the Lord is fully prepared to grant our requests, but He wants us to wait. Why? Sometimes because He wants us to learn something and other times because the time isn’t right.

Although it sometimes doesn’t feel like it, God always knows what He’s doing. This verse contains excellent advice. Give it a try in your life and I bet you’ll be a lot more peaceful!

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Sometimes Prayer Doesn’t Take Away Our Suffering…Just Ask Jesus!

 

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak is leading a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in August 2015

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak offers advice for those who are suffering or struggling with worry or anxiety.

This morning on my weekly “Be Not Afraid” segment on Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge, LA I discussed a powerful Bible passage that never fails to bring me great comfort. As I mentioned on the show, I turned to this verse last week when I was struggling with some issues that were making me feel anxious. If you are suffering, I strongly believe that this passage will help you.

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:41-44)

When faced with His upcoming death and the cause of that death (all the sins that were ever committed or would be committed), Jesus suffered greatly. Because He was fully human (as well as fully divine), He was able to experience the same agony that you and I feel when we suffer. By His actions, the Lord teaches us the importance of prayer when faced with suffering or anxiety. When He prayed, Jesus asked His Father to remove His suffering, but only if it was the Father’s will (another great lesson for us). Now, here’s where it gets interesting. In response to Jesus’ prayer, an angel was sent “strengthening Him”. The Greek word used here is “enischuó”, which means “to strengthen or invigorate”.

Immediately after telling us about the angel, St. Luke writes that Jesus was in agony (the Greek word used is “agónia”, which means great fear, terror, anxiety or agony) and “prayed more earnestly”. Wait a minute! You mean to tell me that Jesus was still in agony even after the angel was sent to strengthen Him? You better believe He was! But what’s important is that He had the strength to pray “more earnestly”.

Why is this important to us? Because sometimes prayer doesn’t take away our suffering. Sometimes it doesn’t even make us feel any better. What it does do is give us the strength to endure any catastrophe or predicament that we can ever face. It unites us closely with Someone who knows what it’s like to suffer and can help us to get through even the most painful experience. We often think that we’re doing something wrong if we don’t feel better when we pray. We believe that our faith must be lacking. As we can see from looking at Jesus, that’s not always the case.

If you are suffering, make it a point to imitate Jesus and pray for relief. If that relief doesn’t come and you are still in agony, make it a point to imitate Him again by embracing your suffering and praying “more earnestly”. You’ll receive the strength that you need and, one day, you’ll see just how your suffering helped you and many others!

NOTE: I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing on EWTN TV’s The Journey Home tonight at 8 PM Eastern. I’ll tell the story of how, as a cradle Catholic who never stopped going to Mass, I really never knew Jesus for many years. I’ll also discuss how He kept reaching out to me over and over, until I finally accepted His offer of friendship. I hope you can tune in!

I’d Like To Share Something Personal With You…

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak will be the guest of Marcus Grodi on EWTN's The Journey Home on Monday night

When I look at the above EWTN program listing I feel like scratching my head and saying, “Is this for real? ME…on The Journey Home?!!!”

On Monday, January 26, I will tell my story on EWTN TV’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. I have to be honest and tell you that I never thought that I would appear on this program. In fact, I never even thought that I had a “story”. After all, I’m a cradle Catholic who never fell away from the Church. I went to Mass every week for as long as I can remember. Big deal, right? Not much of a story…

Over the past year or so, I’ve accepted the fact that I do have a “story” and I want to share it with the world. As you watch the program (which we taped in December), here’s what I hope you’ll take away from the interview:

1. It is totally possible to go to Mass week after week and have no (or a very limited) personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

2. The Lord is so merciful and loves us so much that He never ceases to reach out to us over and over again. Even when we repeatedly ignore Him, He continues to call us in new and creative ways.

3. It is not only possible to meet Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with Him through the Catholic Church, it is the best place to have that encounter!

4. Having a close, personal relationship with Jesus is a life changing experience that will fill your life with great joy…even if you are struggling with many difficulties.

I hope you’ll tune in and let me share my story with you. You’ll hear all about how lukewarm and self-centered I was for many years. As the details unfold, you’ll be able to see how the Lord continually reached out to me and, for the most part, how I ignored Him. What’s really important, however, is the fact that I finally accepted His amazing offer and invited Him into my life. I now have a personal relationship with Jesus and I’m really glad that I do. In fact, I plan to spend the rest of my life working on that relationship and telling others about my friend Jesus.

Please join me on Monday night as I share my personal story with Marcus Grodi…and with you!

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Some Saintly Advice That Can Help You To Stop Worrying

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the verse I discussed on The Son Rise Morning Show today on EWTN Radio:

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)

One of the biggest sources of anxiety in our lives is worrying about earthly “things” (people, possessions, events, etc.). In this verse, Saint Paul reminds us of the importance of focusing on heavenly things. When we start thinking about the “things that are above”, we are reminded that this life (and it’s problems and difficulties) won’t last forever. When we ask the Lord for spiritual gifts (instead of only earthly ones), He gives us the grace to cope with the difficulties that are causing us to worry.

Today, let’s take St. Paul’s advice and concentrate on the “things that are above”. I have a feeling that we’re all going to be more peaceful as a result!

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Any Worriers In Canada? No Problem…I’m On My Way!

 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak will be speaking at the Dynamic Women Of Faith Catholic Women's Conference in March 2015

If you’re a Canadian woman who is trying to break free from worry, I have great news for you! On Saturday, March 14 I’ll be speaking at the Dynamic Women Of Faith Catholic Women’s Conference in Toronto, Canada. My message? Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry! I’m honored to be part of a lineup that includes Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto.

See the flyer for more details and please help to spread the word!

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed And Discouraged? You Need To Read These Words…

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak offers advice from Saint Teresa of Avila for anyone feeling overwhelmed and discouraged

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to working out? Are you worried about an uncertain future or overwhelmed with suffering? Do you just feel like giving up? Believe me, I know what you’re going through. Over the course of my life, I’ve had many days when I just felt like crawling back into bed and hiding from the world. The good news is that feelings are neither right or wrong. They are nothing more than emotions. What matters is what you do with those feelings.

Rather than give in to feelings of discouragement and hopelessness, try reading these amazing words from St. Teresa of Avila. They have helped me many times. Her words remind me that no matter how bad things “feel”, God loves me and is totally in charge. That doesn’t change, no matter how overwhelmed or discouraged I “feel”. He is greater than any problem or want we could ever have. As long as we have Him, we have all we could ever need.

Let nothing trouble you.
Let nothing frighten you.
Everything passes.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all.
Whoever has God wants for nothing.
God alone is enough.

Hang in there and read these words as many times as necessary. Then, turn to the Lord, tell Him just how much you’re struggling and ask Him to help you. I bet you’ll feel a little more peaceful. If the peace doesn’t last, keep asking Him for help. He loves it when we do that!

We’re going to have days when we feel good and days that we feel bad, but one thing remains constant…

God is ALWAYS there for us. That fact alone can make us feel a whole lot better!

Dan Burke On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN's Dan Burke endorses the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, And Clarity: How To Know God's Will

“God cares about you. He cares about the decisions you need to make. He wants to reach you and lead you through the noise and distractions of this life to peace and union with Him. Gary’s book reveals this reality and will help you to gain practical insights into the wisdom of St. Ignatius’ rules of discernment regarding how to better hear and follow the movements of God in your soul.”

Dan Burke, Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register

Thank you, Dan, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Teresa Tomeo On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN personality Teresa Tomeo offers her endorsement for the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How To Know God's Will

“The title of this book really says it all. Faith and hope in the Lord are at the top of the list when we’re searching for and trying to fulfill God’s will in our lives. But a little clarity along the way can’t hurt either. Gary helps you find faith, hope, and clarity indeed. But you’ll also learn why it’s not all about the destination but also the journey itself.”

Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host

Thank you, Teresa, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Marcus Grodi On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN Television host Marcus Grodi recommends the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

“There has never been a time in history when our lives have been more inundated with voices—the world, the flesh, and the devil—yelling at us, trying to convince us what we must do to be happy. So what is a person to do if in the midst of this cacophony he or she wants to be faithful to God, to one day stand before Him without embarrassment? In Gary Zimak’s fine book, we have a clear and trustworthy road map for discerning the simple and difficult steps of hearing God’s will for our lives.”

Marcus Grodi, President/Founder of The Coming Home Network International

Thank you, Marcus, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Father Donald Calloway On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

Father Donald Calloway recommends the latest book from Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

“Faith, Hope, and Clarity is an extremely helpful and practical guide for discerning the will of God and fulfilling one’s mission in life with confidence and peace. Filled with personal examples and stories from the Bible, Gary Zimak has put together a veritable guidebook for anyone who has ever struggled with knowing the will of God. As a priest, I plan on using this book in my pastoral ministry!”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author – Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary

Thank you, Father Calloway, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for another endorsement tomorrow!