His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Breaking Into My Anxious Thoughts


coffee with Jesus

A typical morning: coffee mug warming my hands, Jesus Calling devotional opened to yesterday (I’m usually a day behind), and my mind ping-ponging between the book on my lap and the Spirit of Jesus within my mind. And of course, my mind often takes a side trip and finds something to be anxious about.

This morning it was the idea of eventually publishing the book I’m writing. The marketing piece of this project isn’t very appealing, though it’s something I feel comfortable with. But like most would-be authors (I suspect), I would rather spend my time writing than marketing. The accelerated blogging, more time on Facebook, and whatever other opportunities make sense at the time – all this was feeling more like a dark cloud on the horizon than something to get excited about.

Then Jesus broke into my anxious thoughts. He immediately reminded me that it’s not up to me whether the book gets published, or up to anyone else. It’s God’s decision. And that’s just the way I want it. Having God in charge of this book project removes all of my self-induced stress. Jesus broke into my anxious thoughts, and the anxiety melted away. And I’m so grateful.


Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

2 thoughts on “Breaking Into My Anxious Thoughts

  1. Good reflections – as with anything, it’s good to ask the question, am I following the book project or am I following Christ? More examples: Am I trying to get married or am I pursuing God? Am I trying to get more followers on my blog or am I asking God to bring the people He needs to be here? Am I trying at all costs to get that “dream job” or am I surrendering the whole thing to God and content with whatever outcome HE thinks is good? And I could write many more examples, but those are just localized ones. :P

    Hopefully you know in your spirit that if the book *never* got published then your writing it would still be part of your journey and ongoing walk with Christ. And there’s something in that for God’s glory, whether it’s on some book shelf or not. :)

    Thanks for your thoughts today.

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    • Hi Jennifer. What great questions… thanks. And yes, I’ve often thought that if nothing happens with this book, God is definitely working on me through this journey. His only purpose for the book may be to help me grow. And I’m grateful.


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