As the author of a book on anxiety, I do a lot of speaking about the topic. As a result, I’ve met many people who are worried about lots of things. Somewhere near the top of the list are those who are struggling financially. Many people don’t know how they will pay their rent, buy food or pay their bills. Jesus has a clear message about this matter. It has nothing to do with financial irresponsibility or burying one’s head in the sand. Rather, it’s a reminder that we should place our trust in God’s providence. The road may be bumpy, there could be lots of twists and turns, but the Lord really does understand that we have material needs. Read this passage, over and over if necessary. In the meantime, keep praying and trust…
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Matthew 6:25-33)
I was recently interviewed by Ian Rutherford (the owner of Aquinas and More Catholic Goods) for his Behind The Counter podcast. We discussed my new book A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible. If you’d like to hear my thoughts on the book and what I hope to accomplish with it, you can listen to the podcast here.
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If you’re a worrier and are looking for ways to stop, why not become a fan of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible on Facebook? Created in anticipation of my forthcoming book “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible – 50 Verses To Ease Anxieties” by Liguori Publications (now available for pre-order here), I’ll be posting Bible verses and inspirational quotes that will help you to focus on the Lord in times of trouble.
Do yourself a favor and let God help you stop worrying. If you know any anxious friends, help them out by letting them know about this resource. As St. Padre Pio always said:
“Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry!”
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“While there have been many apologetics books written about defending and explaining various doctrines and beliefs, I don’t know of any book that tackles a topic so timely and familiar to so many of us. This book is a keeper; one to keep on the night stand or on the kitchen table, close enough to grab when we need that daily dose of knowing that God is nearer than we think.”
(Teresa Tomeo, from the foreword to A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible)
Here it is, my friends, the first look at the cover to my book A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible (Liguori Publications) which will be released in the Fall of 2012. As someone who is naturally prone to worrying, I can assure you that there is an alternative that will bring you peace. By opening up the Bible and letting God speak to you, His supernatural peace will descend upon you even in the midst of life’s trials and tribulations. Written in an easy-to-digest style suited for today’s busy lives, this book highlights 50 key Bible verses that can be used to combat anxiety. It is my prayer that this book will enable you to see the power of God’s written word in your own life.
Stay tuned for more information as the release date draws closer!