Read with me for a moment, paying close attention to the similarities in these verses...
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is rightwhatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philipians 4:6-9
Again, Paul emphasizes,
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15Our state of mind and our thankful heart has so much to do with whether we allow the peace of God take over our spirits.
Over and over again in the New Testament God connects thanksgiving with peace. Isnt that amazing? He knows us!
He knows that when we take the time to thank him, we will remember our blessings, and rest in the knowledge of His provision.
God is a smart fella.
If your anxiousness today feels overwhelming...stop and thank Him. Thank Him for the home you have to keep, the children who are healthy enough to make the messes, the husband who has committed to your partnership, the money to buy the groceries, the vehicle you have to do the errands you hate doing :)
"And the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6