“Don’t worry. Just lay it down; it’s not your fight. Don’t worry, it’ll be alright. Don’t worry; he will make your heavy light. Don’t worry at all. His love is always right on time.”

Are you a “worrier?” Most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves worrying about things that we can’t control. It is at those moments we need to remember four things:

1. God is in control!

Whatever is happening in your life is on his mind and his heart, too. He is the one who can do something about the situation. He is at work!

2. Your “job” is to trust, to have faith, and to hold on to hope.

It is not your job to worry, fear and be stressed out. Pray and ask God to transform you from these emotions into the peace and trust and faith that you long for.

3. God’s got the timing!

We want the quick-fix. We want things to be made right—now! We are not good at waiting. But God lovingly shows us time and again that he is trustworthy and able. He knows the best timing for all things.

4. Pray and praise God as you wait.

Fill your days and your nights with affirmations and belief.

Read the Psalms—you will be able to relate to all the emotions there. Sing along with your favorite Christian songs or hymns. Lift your heart to God. When you do this, you will be amazed how quickly the time passes. And remember—God is always right on time!

Psalm 103: 1-5 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits –who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that you’re your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 102: 1-2 “Hear my prayer, Lord, let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” (then be ready to wait on the Lord!)

Questions: What are you waiting for right now? Will you fill your life with prayer and praise as you wait for God’s perfect timing? Do you have a story of God being “right on time” in answering a prayer? Remember that and be encouraged!

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, help me to pray and to praise you as I am waiting for answers. Transform me into the person you want me to be. Help me to trust you for your perfect timing for all things in my life. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 (New International Version)

It took a lot of years for me to finally realize that cookies and chip dip weren’t to blame for the extra weight around my middle. Food wasn’t the culprit, but my unmanaged feelings were.

Whether I was anxious about my children’s safety, overwhelmed by my non-stop schedule or feeling lonely because I lacked meaningful friends, those feelings collided, creating a deep, aching pit in my middle. I often felt empty inside and at times, nauseous. It was an awful feeling that I wanted to make go away as much as possible. My solution? Food. More specifically, I tried to soothe my uncomfortable feelings with comfort food. However, that hole in my heart and soul was like a bottomless pit so no amount of ice cream, pizza or any other food could satisfy the emptiness within.

Not only did Jesus come to earth to show us what God was like, but he faced the full slate of human experiences that we struggle with today. In fact, Jesus provides a path to freedom for us when the emptiness within us screams for us to raid the refrigerator.

In Matthew 4, Jesus faced off against Satan after 40 days and 40 nights of fasting. According to our Western eating patterns, that meant that Jesus fasted for 120 meals. Even as Jesus was fully God, he would have experienced the same kind of emotional or spiritual stress that pushes us into our kitchen pantries for a salty-this or creamy-that to soothe our hearts and minds.

When Satan shows up to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, the very first tool of temptation he presented was a loaf of bread. In my imagination, I see Satan holding a platter of hot, yeasty bread under Jesus’ nose. As the melted butter drips from the side of the dish, Satan tempts Jesus to turn the stones around him into loaves of bread. Satan wanted Jesus to use his divine nature to satisfy his human desires. However, Jesus surrenders his human desire to his divine nature.

In the face of tremendous stress, this is how Jesus responded to Satan’s challenge: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]”

Even as Jesus experienced tremendous physical hunger, he recognized the greater spiritual need in his life, which was total dependence on God. There’s nothing wrong with food or enjoying food, but we will starve spiritually if we expect food to satisfy our need for peace, love, hope, forgiveness or healing. Only God can satisfy those deep needs!

Here’s a practical tip that you can use to help you test whether or not you’re attempting to use food to satisfy a spiritual need: Write out Matthew 4:4 on a notecard or post-it note and tape it to your favorite comfort food. The next time you reach for it, take a moment and evaluate whether or not you are truly hunger or if you need to put down the food and ask God to satisfy the spiritual hunger within.

PRAYER: God, only you can satisfy the deepest needs in my life. Help me to identify the deep hunger within and to bring those deep needs to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about equipping women to win at life with Christ-empowered strength and dignity. Barb loves speaking at women’s conference and leadership events. Barb is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, include her new Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Bible study and book, Winning the Worry Battle. An avid traveler, reader, and lover of all things chocolate-peanut butter, Barb and her family live in NW Ohio. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

“Take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see. Break me down; build me up again. Don’t leave me the way I’ve been. Take my heart into your hands. Come and finish what you began ‘til I seek your kingdom first, ‘til I shine like heaven on earth. I want to wake; I want to see all of the ways You’re moving. Show me the need, ‘cause I wanna be a part of what You’re doing.”

This song is a prayer, asking God for transformation and expressing willingness to be transformed. This prayer outlines a process. First comes an awareness that we don’t want to stay the way we’ve been. When we are stuck in the status quo, nothing changes. The song also expresses an awareness that there needs to be some ‘breaking down” before there can be “building up.” Next comes willingness—this means being open and willing to place your heart in God’s hands and allow him to transform your life. Willingness is then transformed into readiness, and only God can do that. It is an amazing thing how God can take our willingness and transform us so that we are brand new, shining like a little bit of heaven on earth.

It is then when God can use us to meet needs and make a difference in this world. Let’s all consider making the prayer of this song our own personal heartcry —”take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see.” Let’s ask God to wake us up and show us how he is moving, revealing where the needs are so we can be a part of the solution!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Questions: Are you happy with your current “status quo” or are you in need of a transformation in some area of your life? Where are you along the process from awareness to readiness for change?

Prayer Power: Dear God, I am willing and ready for you to transform me so I can shine like heaven on earth for you. Take my life and let it be set on fire for your kingdom work to be accomplished through me. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org