Each Day’s Troubles––Guest Post by Victoria Mejias

Fall lake image with quote on worry.

I struggle to remain focused on today, especially when I feel anxious. My mind can conjure too many what-if scenarios. Obviously all of my fretting doesn’t change whatever may lay ahead, but it does steal my energy and peace to handle my challenges well.

I so want to grow in this area, which is why I find my friend Victoria Mejias so inspiring. Whenever I encounter a woman of incredible faith, of consistent surrender, even during the hardest times, I pay attention. I watch, I listen, and I learn.

The devotion below is taken from a Bible plan written by Victoria for those struggling with chronic illness. Keep an eye out for her full Bible plan, releasing by Wholly Loved Ministries, soon!

Each Days Troubles

By Victoria Mejias

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34, NIV). 

“Day one: trouble eating, swallowing and severe fatigue. Day two: trouble walking and balance issues…” I wrote in my journal as my physician had instructed.

As if I don’t have enough physical ailments, I’m also highly allergic to the contrast used in diagnostic tests used to determine whether or not I’m experiencing a flare up of my chronic illness. So I’m left with taking copious notes and jotting down my symptoms on a daily basis.

Living with multiple sclerosis makes it difficult to plan ahead. As a single mom, I force myself to press on despite how I feel physically, mentally or emotionally. But my diagnosis isn’t just chronic, it’s progressive. Meaning my worst day in one week could be my best moving forward.

It’s exhausting and enough to drive anyone to despair. But I remind myself as I read the Apostle Matthew’s account of Christ’s words, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34, NIV). Upon reading that, I’m reminded not to be weighed down by any given day’s hardships. 

Imagine Christ, knowing full well the agony that awaited Him, saying not to worry. He embraced His fate, a barbaric crucifixion for our sake, being secure of His future. 

Chronic illness is real. Mine, in particular, is degenerative. One look at my journal would illustrate that. And still, I can remind myself not to worry. Not because tomorrow will be painless. Just the opposite, it’ll serve up its own special blend of trouble. 

But, it simply doesn’t compare to the glory we’ll experience on the other side of our physical suffering. And we can find comfort in knowing our eternity with Him awaits.

Get to Know Victoria!

Victoria Mejias serves on the Wholly Loved Ministry team in numerous capacities, from board member to writer. She’s a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Omaha and holds a Certificate in Urban Ministries from the Dallas Theological Seminary’s Urban Ministry Institute.

Victoria Mejias's headshot

She is a former Pastor and has spoken at a variety of venues on matters of leadership, diversity, spirituality and faith– locally, nationally and internationally. Victoria is the recipient of two U.S. Congressional awards for her service, has two children, loves the Lord and reaching the lost. She enjoys travel, arts and culture and speaks very openly about her journey with Multiple Sclerosis. To learn more about her, visit Victoria online at www.victoriaelizabeth.com.

Here more of Victoria’s story on episode four of my Faith Over Fear podcast, which you can find HERE.

Listen to the latest episode, A Prayer Challenge to Help You Fight Anxiety, here:

Fighting Fear with God’s Promises – Ep. 77 Faith Over Fear

We’ve endured so much over the past few years, and it has left many of us feeling unsettled, somewhat disoriented, and vulnerable. Our world gives us plenty of reasons to feel afraid, but our faithful, promise-keeping God gives us much more convincing reasons to live with confidence. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery and guest Kristine Brown discuss some of God’s promises that we can hold tight to when we feel afraid. Find Kristine Brown at: https://www.kristinebrown.net https://morethanyourself.com/decisions-challenge Find Jennifer: https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/ Find Wholly Loved, at: https://www.WhollyLoved.com Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671 Resources: 100 of God's Promises for Your Unraveled Heart (free for all who sign up for Kristine’s newsletter at https://www.Kristinebrown.net) Walking with Rahab: A 5-Day Challenge to Better Decision Making (free 5-Day study) Unshakable Unbreakable Joy, a 10-week Bible Study from Wholly Loved Ministries Faith Over Fear Reading Plan on YouVersion Bible App. Group Discussion Questions: 1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode? 2. What are some ways you find and remind yourself of God’s promises? 3. What are some of your favorite promises God has made throughout Scripture? 4. Why do those promises comfort and encourage you? 5. Why is it important to practice “making that mind shift” onto truth as Kristine phrased it? 6. What most encouraged you regarding Rahab’s story? 7. How do you feel knowing God’s faithfulness is not dependent on yours? 8. What is one action step God is asking you to take this week to grow in your reliance on His truth? Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova Maria
  1. Fighting Fear with God’s Promises – Ep. 77
  2. The Courage to Speak Truth – Ep. 76
  3. The Courage to Heal from Church Hurt – Ep. 75
  4. Introducing: Reframed The Power of Perspective
  5. Healing from Religious Abuse (with Philip Yancey) – Ep. 74

And, before you go, some fun news: Faith Over Fear will have three new hosts! My Wholly Loved sisters, Jodie Bailey, Shellie Arnold, and Tara Rye, will be joining me as cohosts, shifting the podcast under the Wholly Loved umbrella. More hosts mean more perspectives, more truth, and more fun! We’ll be launching, as a team, with a series we’re super excited about: Women of the Bible: Their challenges, hurts, what they might have feared, and how God met them with love and grace.

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