Want more peace in your life, turn off the news

Embed from Getty Images Negative news stories increase personal worry. Repeated news stories can make us feel unsafe. The news has it’s place. But understand media outlets have figured out that doom and gloom sells. But people tune in, for no good reason.

I must confess I am a news atheist. I do not watch any news including the local news. I simply chose to enjoy my life. Oh sure, I have enough people who keep me in the loop even if I do not want to be with some news stories.

I have everything I need. A weather app, traffic app and a bible. If you want news that has happy stories in it the bible is what needs to be turned on. It even has peace, something that is hard to find on T.V. news and news websites.

If I am loving God with all my heart, mind and soul and my neighbor as myself, then I do not need anything else. I am focused on being Christ to others as He shows me how.

Even if your in a routine of watching the news, STOP! For your sanity and for others. In fact, I challenge you faithful news watchers to a news fast. Start with 10 days. When you see you have time to do things you enjoy and not doing something that adds stress, fear and doubt you may choose to live a news free life.

My family enjoys our evenings. Taking walks, playing games, watching a movie. It was very quick, when we found out no news equals more peace and joy. It is my hope that more people will soon figure this out. There is so much more to life.

Choose to live in the freedom Jesus died to give you.

Worry kills joy

Embed from Getty Images Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Luke 12:22

Worrying is a sin. Did you hear that? Did you read that? Do I have your full attention? Listen, I am not a Preacher, Pastor or Priest, I am a follower of Jesus and if (and He did)  says not to worry and I/ we do it is a sin.

Have you ever thought about that?  What is exactly gained from being worried when situations come up where some anxiety take control and cause such panic and unrest in us that it rubs off on the people around us. Did you think about that?

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Now I admit this is difficult to do and easy to read. It took me years before I was able to achieve this. But the reward has been a worry free, fear free household.

The key to over come worry, doubt and or fear (which all work together in unhealthy ways) is to brace for it, read the Bible. Daily. Jesus Himself tells us if you want to be at easy, read God’s word: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.

So in short it is a choice. Sometimes we get so comfortable in being uncomfortable the lines get blurred. God knows our heart. When we are ready to lay down worrying  and see what life is like peaceful as we read God’s word it allows Him to renew our minds Romans 12:2.

In my house, I came up with a saying years ago when our children were young, : “Do not let your emotions dictate your actions.” Again I had to work a long time at that to be able to apply to our family.

I would like to encourage the worry-warts out there. If you do not know Jesus and are tired of fighting your thoughts, open a Bible and begin to read. If you had no idea the words in the Bible account for everything in life, again I encourage you to open one up and examine for yourself.

In today’s age you can find a Bible app download it and put worry, stress or fear in the search bar then begin to to read the verses. Be open to what God is saying, it is better than the current way your handling worry, stress and fear.