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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 HOW TO MELT AWAY STRESS

Setting goals is something we do to accomplish things in life. We write down what we want and list the steps to get there. If it were only that easy! As we go for our goals, we quickly find out many obstacles will attempt to keep us from reaching our goals. One of those obstacles is stress. God knows we will get overwhelmed at times. That is why we have His word to read and meditate on. Meditating on God’s word will bring us back to Him and remind us why we are working so diligently on our goals.

SCRIPTURE:
Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you are stressed about.
2. List what God’s word says about stress.
3. Know God wants you to meditate on His word.
4. Start today keeping His word in your hearts and watch your stress melt away.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know doing Your will isn’t always easy. We will come upon barriers and road blocks and people who will try to sway us from doing Your will. We will have troubles at home and at work. We will have health problems, relationships issues and financial woes. However, let us remember to hold firmly to Your word which is all we need to remove the stress in our lives so we can focus on You and reach the goals You have put before us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We can find comfort in God’s word when we meditate on it day and night.

Psalm 119:52 “I meditate on your age-old regulations; O Lord, they comfort me.” (NLT)

Rather than lying awake worried in the middle of the night about our problems, let’s lay awake thinking of God and meditating on His word.

Psalm 63:6 “I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.” (NLT)

When we study God’s word and meditate on it day and night, we will find peace in the midst of working toward our goals.

FOCUS:
Psalm 1:2 “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” (NLT)
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