This was the first Soul H2O Devotion ever written. It was first sent out in email and then posted on the blog when it was started in the fall of 2013, before I started adding #musicpic songs and Drawing From The Well verses to help you dive in a little deeper into the subject of the devotion to quench your spiritual thirst! Since then I’ve had the website rebranded a few times and sadly, lost the original graphics and comments but I hope it will still bring you the same encouragement it did at the beginning.
DO NOT WORRY… DO NOT WORRY… DO NOT WORRY
~Matthew 6:25, 32, 34
Lately, I keep going back to the Devotional in my Water In The Desert book called “DON’T BE AFRAID”. The verses you lookup are so repetitive…and I mean that in a good way! I am overwhelmed at how many times God encourages us in His Word to “not worry”, “don’t be afraid”, “do not fear”, “do not fret”.
In one short passage alone Jesus bluntly tells us “Do not worry” three times!
Do Not Worry… On Repeat
To paraphrase Joshua 23:3, God is saying,
“You’ve seen what I’ve done for you and how I’ve been the one on your side!”
Then, He starts to remind the people how He was there for them and what He did for them. God is our father and all too often we act like little children who need to be reminded of what our dad does for us. We need that spiritual “cold shower” to wake us up and remind us that God is with us, so…we don’t need to worry!
When I want to get my kids to understand something or not forget something, I repeat myself. The more important, or the more bothered I am with them for not listening will determine how many times I repeat myself! Do you get the spiritual similarities? Our heavenly father does the same! As you study The Word, listen to our father’s REPEATS. Be encouraged to trust and not worry…He’s on the job!
Father, Help me to be aware of who you are and all you’ve done for me. May I not take it for granted or minimize all you do. Please help me to focus on your greatness and your goodness so that I don’t worry, but live in confidence! In Jesus Name, Amen
Sherry I have been reading your blog for a long time, shortly after you began I believe. Your blogs have given me the strength to hold on when I have been going through difficult times. I have had many physical problems and some of them have been going on for 20+ years. Some days are worse than others and many times your blog has been what I needed to encourage me to straighten up, take God’s hand, and walk with Him. To know He is by my side. Thank you so much Sherry. God bless you and may God bless you with many more open doors to minister to and encourage people in various ways.
THANKS SO MUCH BETTY!
🎉 Congrats! This is a very momentous day. Your 300th… that’s amazing. Very proud of you!!
Sherry, Two years 8 months ago I was diagnosed with Stage IVB Rare Uterine Cancer. I’d been reading your post for awhile before this. With such devastating news I searched for comforting reminders of my Gods faithfulness. I continue reading your post and I get great encouragement from them. I really appreciate your posts, I find a lot of strength I each one. I’ve never doubted my Lord, I’ve remained calm (for the most parts). I’ve endured many surgeries and a lot of pain. I’m a child of God and a cancer survivor. I still have the initial tumor, my first cancer surgery was almost 7 hours with 3 surgeons fighting to keep me alive. They encountered numerous problems because cancer had spread throughout my body. They removed several organs but couldn’t remove the tumor or all the cancer. I’ve had several surgeries since then. BUT for 9 months now I’ve been in remission, my last scan continued to show No Evidence of Disease activity or NED. This is a God thing! No one expected me to live to leave the hospital. No one expected me to return for checkups. Dr.’s told me to go home and do whatever makes me happy. They did not think I would live through this. But God had a greater plan! I’m grateful to be alive. I have 2 teenagers at home and God has blessed me to live to be a part of their lives. My husband and I will celebrate our 39th anniversary this year! I’m going to attend worship service this Sunday, it’s the first time I’ve been able to go in way over a year. By the way I have stage IVB or 4B which is the worst possible stage. Only 1 out of 2 million have this type of cancer. The survival rate is 5 years at stage 3. It’s undetermined for my stage. So thank you for your encouragement. It’s been a great resource for me. I’ve had a rough battle the past 3 years and still have a long way to go. I will continue to read and share your posts. Pray for me and my family as we continue to fight this cancer battle. Sweet Sister in Christ
I’m overwhelmed by your words and honored to be a part of your journey. You’re one strong overcomer!!!! God has spared your life for a purpose. Live to the full and share His love! I’m so glad you’re a part of the Soul H2O Community!