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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Prayer Protects Our Brains

"Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. (Your)best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively...making your thoughts a dialogue with Me." (304)
Research continues to support how worry and anxiety are neurotoxic to the brain... meaning the neuro-receptor sites can become damaged when bathed in the toxic chemicals that are produced with unhealthy, anxious thoughts. Literally, regions of the brain will shrink over time. This is especially true in the executive/decision-making areas that offer us creative, constructive ways to deal with the stresses of life.
Most of us can relate to the challenge of thinking clearly when we are overly anxious or distracted by worry. Paul gave us the best antidote in Philippians 4:6-7. "Don't worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be make known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Protecting my Brain with Prayer...dmc


  1. Living one day at a time and sometimes one moment at a time is all that we can do depending upon our current circumstances. Mt 6:27 states, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Corrie Ten Boom said, "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." Worry keeps us in bondage robbing us of God's blessings for that day. By staying in His Presence and through prayer, He WILL free us of the bondage of worry/anxiety so that we can KNOW His peace and He WILL guard our hearts and minds.

    Mindful of His Presence...depositing anxiety at His feet...cgr

  2. PS---Eternal Thought and Perspective: In Lk 12:29, JC saids, "And DO NOT SET YOUR HEART on what you will eat or drink; DO NOT WORRY about it." We are to "set our hearts on things above" as stated in Colossians 3:1. Keeping an eternal perspective in our actions as well as our thought life will free us of worry enabling us serve God more effectively while pressing on... cgr

  3. Thanks, Carolynn! Great passages of scripture and I love the quote from Corrie Ten Boom! I join you in "keeping the eternal perspective."...dmc