Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Not Letting Worry Get the Best of Me

My mind is swirling lately. So much to worry about!

Taxes (bleh!).

With kids in college, there's the dreaded FAFSA.

Traveling to show choir and drum line competitions every weekend takes a serious bite out of our bank account.

This Spring we've got a kid graduating from high school (Woe is me!).

Another is just starting to drive. Yikes.

Our youngest is needing braces.

Before the end of the year we'll add another car and another driver to our insurance policy.

There's plenty to keep this worry wart awake at night.

I take it to God like I'm supposed to. I say, "God, why do I always have to worry about something?"

He says, "You don't. Trust Me to handle it."

“When I get anxious I know I have gone from God’s time to my time and it’s a waste of time.”

~ Charles Stanley ~

I waste A LOT of time worrying. Instead of filling my head with mental calculations and trying to figure it all out, I know what I need to do.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5

It sounds so simple in theory. I guess I'm a slow learner. It takes practice to say, "Okay, God, here's my problem. I trust you to handle it." But I'm working on it. I hope you are too. The payoff is stellar.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3

I'm all for perfect peace. How about you? For me keeping a steadfast mind means working hard to fill it with the Truth about God.

Are you not much more valuable than they (the birds)? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.

I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful.

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We can do this. We can eliminate worry from our lives, but it takes practice. Will you join me? Will you replace worry with Truth?

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Karen said...

Well done! We are so backwards in our thinking aren't we. Where in the world did we ever get the idea that we "had" to worry. We need to trust, we don't "have" to worry. Thanks for sharing today.

Denise said...

Awesome post.

Miriam Pauline said...

Great words of wisdom. This slow learner needed to hear them.