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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!

 

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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!

Are You Worried That The World Is Falling Apart? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know…


 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses 5 Bible verses for those who are worried about the world

Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about Ebola, Isis, financial uncertainty, data breaches and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are deluged with troublesome news. When we couple that with our family, job and personal concerns it’s easy to see why worrying has become an epidemic.

As someone who has always tended to be anxious and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and From Fear To Faith, I get it…I really do. It’s understandable that so many people worry. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that with the Lord’s help and a little effort on our part, we can experience peace even as the world around us seems to be falling apart. The good news is that God is still in charge and that nothing that happens surprises Him. If you’re worried about the state of the world, here are 5 Bible verses that you need to know. While the messages contained in these verses may seem simple, remember that they aren’t being expressed by “just another person”. These are God’s words and they are addressed to you. Take them seriously!

1. “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) – Jesus never said that we wouldn’t have problems, but He did tell us that He is bigger than any catastrophe or threat that could occur in the world. He also assures us that we can experience peace if we stay close to Him. That’s a very nice promise.

2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3) – This is a great prayer for those times when you feel overwhelmed. It might not feel like it, but the Lord is always in control.

3. “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25) – Even though Jesus was in the boat with the disciples during the storm at sea, they panicked because he was asleep. With these words, they woke the Lord up and He calmed the seas. Instead of worrying, try using these words the next time you feel like the world is falling apart. Jesus loves it when we turn to Him when we’re afraid!

4. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) - What makes this passage so amazing is that it was written by St. Paul while he was in prison. Have no anxiety? Pray with thanksgiving? You’ll receive peace? Pretty convincing advice coming from someone who is sitting in a jail cell! Although Paul wrote these words, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is God’s message to you. It’s one that should be read often.

5. “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) – The final verse of Matthew’s gospel assures us that Jesus will never leave us. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to turn to Him when we are anxious and troubled. Even though the world seems crazy, Jesus is right next to you. That makes me feel good. How about you?

So what do you think? After reading these Bible passages, do you feel a little better? I’m guessing that you do. While there are many similar messages contained in the pages of Sacred Scripture, these passages give us a good starting point. Pull out your Bible, highlight them and make it a point to read them the next time you begin to panic about what’s going on in the world. The more you get used to hearing God speak to you through the Bible, the less you’re going to be overcome with fear about Isis, Ebola and financial uncertainty. Instead you’ll be hearing another message, one which we should never forget…

“Do not be afraid!” (Matthew 28:10)

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!