When You Experience Anxiety…

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“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

                                                            ~ Matthew 6:31-33

About 10 years ago, Becky and I worked for a ministry called the Joy House.  The Joy House was a placement home for troubled teens who, for one reason or another, were struggling with life, school, and family.  Often times these teens were in the court system or had flunked out of school.  Becky and I served as house parents to the boys in the program, and it was one of the most fruitful and rewarding ministries of our lives.

One of the issues we had with our teenage boys is that they loved to eat!  The only problem was that we relied heavily on food donations and our monthly food and gas budget for two adults and four teens was only $400 per month.  We often times had to be creative with donations and the way we used them, but there was never a time when our teens went hungry, and far too often we had more food than we could manage.  When it seemed like things were getting tight, Becky and I would pray that donations would come in, and sure enough God would provide…every…single…time.

I could share numerous stories about experiences I’ve had in my own life when finances were tight, an unexpected expense caught us off guard, or health challenges were causing frustration or fear.  God, however, showed up and showed off every single time there was a need.  This would often happen despite my lack of faith.  God’s generosity toward me and my family has often left me speechless and humble.

These times are uncertain.  It’s easy to get lost in all the “What ifs” and “What abouts.”  Never forget that God cares for you, and He promises to supply our every need.  For that reason, anxiety and fear should crumble at the promises of God.  You are valuable to Him, He loves you, and He will care for you just as you would care for your own children.  We are called to seek Him for shelter, for our needs.  When we do, we’ll find not only nourishment for our bodies, but also nourishment for our souls.

Rest in Him & Be Encouraged!

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.