Sunday, May 2, 2010

Worry Wart

I worry. I worry about finances. I worry about health. I worry about my family. My friends. I worry about my future. I worry about Caleb. I worry about this pregnancy. I worry about safety. I worry about the salvation of my children. Not all the time, but I find that when I worry the most is when I have not been consistent with my time in the Word or in prayer.

Wikipedia states that "worry" is: the state of engaging in chains of thoughts and images of a negative and uncontrollable nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats. As an emotion, it is experienced as anxiety or concerned about a real or imagined issue.

Worry is an easy thing to experience these days. I'm not going to go into some political debate in blogworld, but I think we can all admit, that at some point in time, we worry about someone, something, or a potential situation. It's what we do with that feeling and emotion of worry that matters.

So,that's why today, I am choosing not to worry. I'm choosing to trust in the commands and promises in Matthew 6:25-34, knowing that the Lord knows my every need, knows the number of hairs on my head, knows all of my days before they ever came to be. It's A LOT easier said than done, but becuase my faith and trust is in a holy and loving God, I have no reason to fear or worry.

25"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field gorw; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himslef like one of these.
30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31Do not worry then, saying 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'
32For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow wil care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Philippians 4:6 also says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Thank you Lord, for your promises. Thank you for life. Thank you for a joy that can only be experienced when we put our trust in you. Thank you for extending grace when I lose sight of your promises, and thank you ultimately for your Son.

Be Blessed and Encouraged!

1 comment:

allia zobel nolan said...

I wrote a book on worrying that may help: The Worrywart's Prayer Book and have a blog: The Worrywart's Corner, that might be of interest.Blessings.