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Are You Afraid Of Life’s Big Waves? Jesus Can Help!

 

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

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak giving a high five to his friend and fellow evangelist Bear Woznick

Are you someone who is constantly afraid of the “storms” in your life? Are you especially frightened by the “big waves”? I recently had the chance to visit with my buddy Bear Woznick on his Deep Adventure radio show. Bear is someone who knows all about waves and rough seas, but more importantly knows what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We discussed how worrying is always useless and I shared the story of my lifelong struggle to overcome anxiety. I also offered some secrets that have allowed me to experience peace in my life.

If you’re tired of worrying and looking for peace or if you’d just like to hear two friends and brothers in Christ talk about the Lord, be sure to check out the show. You can listen to the podcast here. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Aloha!

Talking Books on EWTN!

 

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

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses his books on the EWTN Bookmark television show

While attending the Catholic Leadership Conference in Birmingham last year, I had the opportunity to appear on the EWTN TV program Bookmark and discuss two of my books with host Doug Keck. I shared some information on what motivated me to write A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and Listen To Your Blessed Mother and what I hoped readers would get from the books. That episode will air this weekend on EWTN TV (the schedule appears below). I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak will appear on the EWTN TV show Bookmark this week to discuss two of his books

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!

 

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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 “enischu√≥”, 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 “ag√≥nia”, 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!

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!

Guess What God Wants Us To Do When We’re Anxious Or Worried?

 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on EWTN Radio's The Son Rise Morning Show with his series Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Here’s the verse I shared on my weekly “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” segment on EWTN Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show today…

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

When we’re anxious or feeling like we’re not in control, we sometimes think that worrying is our only option. Not true! In this powerful verse, St. Peter reminds us to give our anxieties to the Lord because He cares about us. Wow! No matter what you’re going through today, make it a point to give it to the Lord. He doesn’t want you to be anxious. He wants you to turn to Him because He loves you.

Give it a try and see what happens!

Announcement Number Two – A Visit To Women Of Grace


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will appear on EWTN's Women Of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic in January 2015

Continuing with my series of special announcements, on January 5 I’ll be visiting Johnnette Benkovic on her EWTN television series Women Of Grace. All week, Dr. Greg Popcak and I will be discussing an important topic – Help…I’m Worrying Myself To Death! If you’re someone who is looking to escape from worry and stress, don’t miss this 5 episode series (Jan 5-9, 2015). I had a great time taping the shows and I’m confident you’ll enjoy them!

Check back tomorrow for announcement 3 of 4…

Announcement Number One – Wake Up With Gary Zimak!


 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak will be a weekly guest on Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge

As promised, here is the first of four special announcements…

Beginning on January 5, I will be joining the Wake Up! crew at Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge for a weekly “Be Not Afraid” segment. Each Monday at 7:35 AM Central, I’ll be presenting a Bible verse or inspirational quote which will focus on overcoming anxiety. You can listen live online at the Catholic Community Radio website and I also plan to post podcasts of the segments. Y’all grab a cup of coffee or a bowl of gumbo and I’ll see you on Monday, Jan 5th!

Announcement Two will be coming tomorrow!