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A New Podcast Created Just For Worriers!

 

Gary Zimak hosts a podcast just for worriers

If you’re tired of worrying and want to experience the peace that only the Lord can give, I have GREAT news for you. I have created a podcast specifically for those who want to break free from worry! For as little as 16 cents a day, you will have exclusive access to the only podcast created for worriers by a recovering worrier (that’s me!). Through Bible verses, suggestions and easy to implement steps you WILL finally be able to Stop Worrying and Start Living!

Thank you in advance for partnering with me. Not only will YOU be able to experience the Lord’s peace, but you can help OTHERS to experience it as well! Please share this post with all of the worriers in your life.

Are you ready to give up worrying and begin living the life God has planned for you? Click on the above image (or visit Patreon.com/garyz) to find out more. It’s time to Stop Worrying And Start Living!

Moving From Fear To Faith In Steubenville!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak will be speaking on moving from fear to faith in Steubenville, Ohio.

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be packing up my stuff and heading to Steuebenville, OH to speak about moving from FEAR to FAITH. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by. After the talk, I’ll be signing copies of my books, including Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How To Know God’s Will. My message is simple – It is possible to stop worrying with the help of Jesus Christ. Meet me at Holy Rosary Church on April 14 at 7 PM and let’s discuss!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Jesus’ Calming Of The Storm


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak disusses Jesus calming of the storm at sea

When I speak at parishes and conferences around the country, one of my favorite Bible passages to discuss is “Jesus Calms The Storm At Sea” (Matthew 7:23-27). Basically, the disciples follow Jesus into a boat, a great storm arises, and the Lord calms the sea. Simple, right? Unfortunately, this story is so simple that we often miss some key points. If you’re struggling to stop worrying about Ebola, Isis, the stock market, personal health issues, job loss or many other problems, here are 5 important lessons you can learn from this powerful story:

1. The Disciples Followed Jesus – When Jesus got into the boat, the disciples followed Him. We should do the same thing every day. Following Jesus faithfully will not only help you to stop worrying, but it will get you to heaven!

2. Even Followers Of Jesus Have Problems – Just because we’re followers of Jesus doesn’t mean that we won’t have storms in our lives. On the other hand, following Jesus will give you peace, even in the midst of those storms. (Matthew 11:28)

3. Don’t Panic If Jesus Is Silent – Even though Jesus was asleep in the boat, He was very much in control of the situation. If it seems like He has deserted you, don’t worry…He is right beside you!

4. Cry Out For Help – While it is true that the disciples panicked when the storm arose, they had enough faith to do something very productive – they asked Jesus to help them. Worry is always useless, but prayer is always effective. Although we may not get exactly what we want, we will get what we need.

5. Learn To Look Back – After Jesus calmed the storm, “the men marveled” (Mt. 8:27). Looking back at the many times Jesus has helped you is sure to increase your faith and help you to deal with future problems.

Just as He did 2,000 years ago, Jesus can calm the storms in your life and help you to experience peace. Imitating the disciples at sea is a great idea. Give it a try and see what happens!

Moving From Fear To Faith On EWTN!


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak visits with Jim and Joy Pinto on At Home With Jim and Joy on EWTN

I recently had the chance to visit my friends Jim and Joy Pinto on their new EWTN TV series, At Home With Jim And Joy. We discussed my battle with anxiety and how the Lord has helped me to stop worrying and experience peace in my life. In addition, we took calls from the viewers and shared our own personal stories about the role our faith plays in combating worry and stress. I hope you enjoy the program and please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. Thank you and God Bless!

Doing God’s Will Doesn’t Have To Feel Good!


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses the fact that it doesn't always feel good to do God's will

“Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

In the course of my travels, I have met many people who genuinely desire to follow God’s will. Many of those same individuals, however, are concerned that they aren’t doing a good job with the task. Do you know why they are concerned? It’s primarily because they don’t “feel” like doing what God wants. Let’s be honest, my friends…enduring suffering, reaching out to those in need, stepping out of our comfort zone and forgiving people who have hurt is generally doesn’t “feel” good. What we need to remember, however, is that a desire to do God’s will has nothing to do with feelings. Rather, it is a conscious decision.

When Jesus asked His Father to let the suffering pass Him by, He was expressing natural human feelings. The Lord could have suppressed these feelings, but He chose not to. By doing so, He reminds us that it’s perfectly acceptable to dislike suffering and to ask God to remove it from our lives. In spite of that aversion to suffering, however, Jesus chose to consciously submit to His Father’s will. Instantly, a feeling of fear was transformed into an act of obedience and love.

Back in the days when our twins were babies, my wife and I didn’t exactly plead with one another for the chance to feed them when they woke up in the night. Even though we loved Mary and Elizabeth, neither one of us “felt” like waking up to comfort them. While it didn’t “feel” good, we did it because we loved them and it was God’s will that we tend to the needs of our children. Despite what we may hear or believe, love isn’t necessarily a feeling. While there are often emotional feelings associated with love, it is primarily a decision. We can choose to love someone, even if we don’t “feel” like it. Submitting to God’s will when we don’t “feel” like it is a great way of expressing our love for Him.

Don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t always enjoy doing God’s will. Sometimes it’s not fun for me either and it certainly wasn’t always fun for Jesus. Doing God’s will isn’t about feelings…

It’s about LOVE!

Giving God Credit For Your Success


 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reminds us to thank God for all that we are able to accomplish

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

We live in a world where self-accomplishment is highly regarded. While the Lord absolutely wants us to work hard, everything we do should be done out of love for Him. If we are successful, we should thank God. For without Him, we would not be able to accomplish anything. Pause for a minute and take a breath. That last breath would not have been possible if the Lord didn’t will it.

As you go about your daily duties today, don’t forget to thank God for giving you another day and do everything out of love of Him. Don’t forget to ask Him to help you with your daily work. Although the world may tell you otherwise, admitting that everything you’ve ever accomplished or will accomplish is all due to God isn’t a sign of weakness…

it’s a sign of great wisdom!