A Wonderful Exchange "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 It seems that when we're diagnosed with a chronic illness, we're given a bag of concerns and worries that other people don't even have to think about. We have to find the right doctors and take the right medication. We have concerns about health insurance and finances. We have worries about our abilities, our jobs, our future, the on-going state of our health, and how much of this we can really take. And yet, the Word tells us to be anxious for nothing. It doesn't say—be anxious for nothing, unless you have a chronic illness, then of course you should worry because you have more to worry about! There is truth to the admonition, "Don't worry yourself sick." Indeed. We don't want to add to our own stress by constant worry. The key is to take the time to "present our requests to God." It's all too easy to say, "Well, of course I've been praying about it. I think about it 20 times a day!" But guess what? Thinking about our problems is not the same as praying about them. When our mind is going over the same loop of information that centers on our concerns, we need to stop ourselves. Are we praying or just worrying? We need to specifically go before the Lord and ask for His help and release it into His hands. THEN, the peace of God, which none of us can really explain or understand, will put our hearts and minds at rest. It's a wonderful exchange. The Lord wants to give us peace for worry. Let's take Him up on it. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Erica Faraone lives with her wonderful husband, Scott, in Whitefish, MT. After suffering with fibromyalgia for ten years, she has recently experienced an on-going recovery, for which she gives the Lord great praise! Her prayer is that each of us will release all of our concerns to the Lord and experience His peace. Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.