Don’t Be Anxious…Really?

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  1. Em says:

    AND we can/should affirm each other, also?

    I confess that i find the gov’t earthquake site fascinating…. There really is a whole lotta shakin goin on. 😏

    I want to pass peacefully in my sleep… but then i don’t want my daughter to come home to a cadaver in her liviing room…. but then i don’t want to drop dead in the paddock hauling hay to her horses….
    One of my lifelong regrets is the evening i visited my grandfather in the nursing home. He begged me to stay, but I’d come with my uncle and he needed to get home, so i told grandpa i couldn’t stay…. Grandpa passed away that night….
    absent from the body and in the presence of our Lord – our incredible Redeemer…
    hard to conceptualize, but true

  2. sarahmorgan says:

    Thank you, Michael, for this….two days ago I just learned I have to have scary and life-changing surgery before the end of the year, and am currently fighting through the terror and needed to hear this message very much.

  3. Michael says:


    Thank you…you’ll be in our prayers.
    The terrors are real, but so is our Lord…praying for peace as you move through this…

  4. Michael says:


    We should be constantly affirming each other in doing well and thinking better…

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael! I still check daily the Covid 19 number here in GA and my mood swings up and down, depending on if yesterday’s numbers are lower or higher than the previous days. Lots of mental and emotional energy wasted.

    I grew up with the Cold War still looming over my head. That was the only threat, and it seemed far off and impersonal. Today pretty much all of us are under some kind of immediate and personal threat. I have been recently thinking about how my life as a child in the 70s is more distant that I thought, and that the safe world I enjoyed for so long is now unstable.

    As a related aside, this morning talking with a friend about forgiveness. Someone can say, or we can read “do not be anxious” or “forgive those who…”. It’s a struggle. I think we sometimes expect a magic wand to suddenly appear when we read “do not be anxious” and suddenly be at peace. Really? I cant’ speak for anyone else here (and I hope no one speaks for me here), but its a struggle often and shaming another believer into thinking they are a failure because they don’t feel at peace right away is terrible.

  6. Em says:

    More precise, Michael.. Amen

    Praying here, too, sarah

  7. Dan from Georgia says:

    Em and Michael…affirmation and support is sorely needed and essential in this world. No need for shaming and condemnation.

  8. Michael says:

    “Thanks Michael! I still check daily the Covid 19 number here in GA and my mood swings up and down, depending on if yesterday’s numbers are lower or higher than the previous days.”

    I get a message every day from the state…we’re really hurting down here.
    It’s hard to find peace in that one…

  9. Cathy A says:

    Well said, too bad I am unable to put aside the worry for more than a couple of hours…I wish that all of us could manage to worry later…but we are striving towards Heaven, not there yet. Bless you Michael, you are a blessing to many many of us.

  10. JD says:

    The recent passing of Eddie Van Halen caused me to pause and consider life’s frailty as he was my age and my band gigged with them before they signed with Warner Brothers. They got the “A” contract and we became industry poison. I hope he got saved before he died. I’ve heard that he was sober towards the end of his life. Prayers for all as we’re nearing glory.

  11. Em says:

    I have for some time thought that Scripture seems to indicate that the Church is called out mid-trib … before the wrath of God pours out on this earth
    But as the world runs its final course, there is certainly good reason to be a “rapture sissy.” Beheadings across the sea, demonizing of Christianity here at home among so-called intellectuals and other downers….
    As Michael observed up there at 11:36, the Church SHOULD be affirming doing well and thinking better

  12. Xenia says:

    I just don’t worry much about these things. I worry more about things that are happening to family members. I have never lost a wink of sleep over the Virus, the elections, or social unrest but I have tossed and turned many nights over some problems my children are facing. We are all different, I guess.

  13. Xenia says:

    When I say I don’t worry, I don’t mean I don’t care, it’s just that I am not panicky.

  14. Michael says:

    Two of my family members are nurses and Trey works with public. We worry about the virus constantly.

  15. Xenia says:

    Yes, that’s understandable.

  16. Jim says:

    Amen Michael. I’ve had some near death experiences, both real and perceived. Your perspective is spot on.

  17. Jean says:

    Is this fear or common sense?

    “I actually haven’t been to the White House since August the 6th because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different than mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” the Kentucky Republican said.” – Senator Mitch McConnell

  18. Duane Arnold says:

    As you know, praying for your heart condition….

  19. Em says:

    Yes, praying with Dr. Duane, Michael
    I’m guessing we all are – every day

  20. Babylon's Dread says:


    I don’t want to face it yet…

    It is beginning to feel like the dress rehearsal may have come and gone…

    Thanks Michael – I just hope your surgery postpones the whole thing a while longer so we can keep pushing against the darkness before night comes.

  21. Mike E. says:

    Having an anxiety disorder throughout this pandemic/social/political unrest has been darn near unbearable. I must resort to medication just to make it through the day without a breakdown. The meds actually help. I’m so grateful for them because they bring a semblance of relief. Each day is an adventure in mood control and self-care. God does grant me much grace. I’m thankful I’m able to function relatively normally. Will continue to pray for your cardiac issues, my brother.

  22. Michael says:

    Thank you, Mike…we keep you in prayer as well…

  23. Owen says:

    I realize I’m a few days late with this comment, but I wanted to say that I will continue lifting you up before our Lord regarding your upcoming surgery. I’ve been there, and I learned a whole new level of reliance on Him and His providence…..
    May I ask what it was they need to do for you?

  24. Michael says:


    I’ll having a valve replacement and two aneurisms repaired.

  25. Owen says:

    Similar for me, Michael – although I only had one aneurism (aortic arch), and I now have a mechanical aortic valve. For me it was due to a birth defect – bicuspid valve.
    May His hand be upon you, and keep you safe, Michael.

  26. Michael says:


    Thank you…same valve defect here.

  27. Owen says:

    Are they giving you a mechanical or tissue valve? They went mechanical with me because I was only 43 at the time. I really wish I could have had the tissue valve, I’ve had issues over the past few years with mechanical.

  28. Michael says:


    Due to the fires and Covid we haven’t got that far.
    I was hoping against hope that they would do a TAVR procedure, but no such luck.
    I will keep in mind what you just told me when it’s time for that call…we’ll probably be in touch frequently…

  29. Owen says:

    Allrighty Michael, I’ll watch for you on messenger.
    The general consensus among the specialists here (BC) was that, since the mechanical lasts longer and the tissue only about 10-15 years, that’s why they went with the mechanical. I *could * have chosen tissue, but I was strongly advised not to.

  30. Owen says:

    Btw, what were the measurements on your aneurysms (how critical)?

  31. Linnea says:

    Michael and sarahmorgan….keeping you both in my prayers.
    And yes, these reminders of our body’s shelf life are hard to take.

  32. Michael says:

    They’re more worried about the shortness of breath…my stress test was a disaster.

  33. Em says:

    Owen and Michael same heart problems? Isn’t God good at what He does?
    Spent enough time in B.C. to opine that there are a lot of good folk north of our border….
    God keep you both, but praying, like others here that we get to keep Michael and the Phoenix Preacher 🙏

  34. Owen says:

    Ah, yeah I get it….

    Mine was 5.5 when they found it, and they only found it because I was getting over pneumonia and had a chest xray…

    I can relate to the SOB – mine has become progressively worse also. I am glad to hear they’re not too worried yet about rupture with yours.

  35. Owen says:

    Em, you might want to clarify your comment “isn’t God good at what He does?”….. not quite sure where you’re going with that one… 😉

  36. Em says:

    Owen, kind of duplistic – sorry…
    What i meant was that God provided Michael with a brother who’s been there, can walk alongside with genuine empathy and encouragement….
    God keep you, also, Owen – praying that your good heart survives this also

  37. Owen says:

    Thanks, Em… and I’m looking forward to whatever help I can be .

  38. Mike E. says:

    I must say I agree with Em on this one…seems the gracious Hand of Providence is involved, or as the kids like to say, “it’s a God thing!” 😉

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