“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.”

Philippians 4:6-7

On my way home from a police officers’ Bible study, I heard two men on the radio debating. One said, “The world tires me out!” Ever feel like that? Sometimes it seems we’re drowning in the rising flow of information, obligations, and fears. How does a person truly eliminate the unnecessary and stay afloat with what is essential?


I find that my heart and mind are safe even as life pulls me under because I am in Jesus’ hands. I’ve reminded myself hundreds of times of these Philippians verses. I’ve dropped into God’s lap my uncertainties in life, assorted immediate needs, and life-long baggage. In so doing, God’s peace helps me to rise above it all.


Shortly after my wife and I arrived on Okinawa years ago for mission work, I was ready to quit. The discouragement and disappointment were real. Linda and I prayed that God would either change our circumstances or change our hearts. Circumstances didn’t change, but for the next eight years of our work there, we knew God was guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Scripture Focus

Philippians 4:1-13


Learn to find and rest in a place of solitude, gathering strength from being in the presence of God.

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 18-19
  • Psalm 129
  • 2 Corinthians 11