Monday, November 18, 2013

TRUTH Day 02: Worry

Worrying is something I do way too much and Jesus has a lot to say about that!
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." MATTHEW 6:25-34
(emphasis added by me)

Worrying = Atheism?

Leo read this devotional to me last night and it is very convicting. Rick Warren makes a great point; by worrying, I am completely ignoring God's promises and not trusting Him to take care of me.
Worry is really a form of atheism. Every time you worry, you're basically saying, "I don't believe there's a God who is going to take care of me.” If you're a Christian and you worry, you're acting like an orphan. You're acting like you don't have a heavenly Father who has already promised over and over again in Scripture, "I will meet your needs if you will obey me and do what I tell you to do.” Trust forces you to live by faith. Rick Warren's post "Hope in God, Not Your Bank Account"

Prayer & Worry Don't Mix

I heard the song "Hands of the Healer" by Brandon Heath for the first time this weekend and the lyrics speak so much truth. I swear this song is written about me... I pray and yet continue to worry. What's the point of praying if I'm going to be like that?! I need to pray, give my worries to God, and then let them go.
If we’re gonna pray about it
There’s no use in worrying
If we’re gonna worry about it
Why are we praying
Just leave it in the hands of the Father
Leave it in the hands of the Healer
Leave it in the hands of Jesus
And walk away
Walk away

Summary

Instead of wasting time worrying, I need to seek God's Kingdom above anything else in my life and trust Him to give me all that I need. Here are a few steps I'm taking to seek God's Kingdom:
  1. Put God first in my life.
  2. Fill my thoughts with His desires.
  3. Take His character for my pattern.
  4. Serve God in everything.
  5. Obey God in everything.

I'm thankful for...

This man and his safe arrival back home after another drill weekend.
He's such a great husband and dad :)

I adore this boy. And I also like the taste of his baby food ;)

Visiting Great Grandma Grace before church on Sunday!

A barn cat and my new shoes! For any running nerds like me, they are the "Inov-8 Terrafly 277".
Got em on sale at leftlanesports.com ;)

Saturday = almost 50°F and sunny
Sunday = snow

The TRUTH Challenge Series --> Day 01: Wisdom


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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of you and your family.

    Worry is a unique reality, no? I called USAA to (finally) change my insurance info yesterday. and I was worried about it. It was the best call (they're always great). At one point, the USAA lady and I were actually talking about faith during moves and life.

    I was thinking about it before I read your post, too.

    Had anyone told me 2 years ago I'd be living clear on the other coast, away from the Northern Virginia/DC life I was living, not teaching in a school full time (gasp!), living in a house under a mile from the ocean, with a man whose writing is supporting us I'd probably laugh.. a lot.

    For me, the biggest part of that equation is the writing. As a little girl, I dreamt of making my life's living through creative endeavors, but I sought stability. (hello, middle school teaching..with GREAT health insurance) Then I met Scott who writes. Very successfully.

    After marrying, little-by-little I adapted to my dream. Little-by-little I let go of the "what if" worries or the "should we be?" questions and thoughts.

    Having faith in him and Him makes the journey so much better. There's no way I could do it without it. Feeling their (him and Him) comfort and arms around me is the best, too.

    We can do anything.. and more with faith and a deep breath. It opens all of the doors, especially those of the heart.

    All the best and Congrats on Leo making it safely home after another drill weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, and thank you so much for sharing! I feel the same way looking back in my life. If someone would have told me I would be living in a tiny town and would be a stay-at-home mom, I would have laughed in their face!

      Those "what-if" and "should we be" worries are so frustrating! Taking a step of faith in life is scary, no matter how many times you've been through them, but I've found I never regret following God. And the comfort He and a husband give help so much to get through the scary/new stages in life!

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