In a Christmas Stew?
We are finally getting some colder weather down South and that means bring on all the soups, and chilis and stews!
It got me thinking about other meanings of the word "stew."
There is "stew," as a noun-- ex. he is in a stew. There is also "stew," as a verb--ex. he is stewing.
Let's talk about the noun form of stew which means a state of worry, anxiety, or agitation.
When we talk about worry and anxiety, we are really talking about fear. Fear is a disabling tactic that Satan uses to render us ineffective for the Lord. Fear paralyzes us. It traps us in our own hopeless thoughts of despair and tells us there is no way out.
Satan will try to put us in a stew over our finances, family, and friends. And what better time for Him to try and distract us than Christmas right? It's the perfect time to stress us out, load us down with burdens and get our thoughts off of the miraculous, glorious birth of Christ.
Whenever I feel myself getting in a stew, I try to remember where these thoughts are coming from. Not today, Satan. Not this year. Not this Christmas.
Prayer and scripture are a sure way to fortify our minds and hearts.
1 Peter 5:7-8 7 "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."