Monday, October 15, 2012

training my heart and mind...and trusting Jesus.

I've been a worrier my entire life (just ask my parents).

 When I was young, I used to worry about funny little things, like:

When I'd go to bed each night, I'd lay awake wondering "what if my parents forget to lock the front door and someone gets in"?
What if I faint while singing in the choir concert?

Now that I'm older, my worrying has shifted to slightly bigger things, like:

What if I develop some type of illness and I don't grow old with my family?
What if we don't have enough money in our bank account?

When I let it, worrying can creep deep into my soul and start spreading like a cancer throughout my entire body.  
Before I know it, I'm completely overcome with worry.
Every thought becomes a worried thought.

After awhile, it gets to be straight up EXHAUSTING.

It sucks the life out of me.

It robs me of any joy that I could potentially be experiencing.

It's at that point, that I find myself turning to God for help.
He's led me to some pretty fitting verses that have gotten me through those worries.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6:34

Yes!  Why do I worry about things that haven't even happened
Why do I waste my time on these wicked thoughts?  
Isn't this showing God that I have absolutely zero trust in Him when I spend my time worrying?

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.  The Lord be with you all."
 -2 Thessalonians 3:15 

I want to rest in the knowledge that God can give me peace at all times and in every way.  
So today I choose to be aware of this constant battle I face.  If worry starts to creep into my mind, I won't let it.
I'll fill my mind with these words, and trust in the goodness and peace that only God can provide.

Have you ever been faced with a similar fear?  How do you stray from worried thoughts?
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  1. Worrying leads us to prayer. So yes, trust in the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind but also know that when you worry, you should pray about those things. And our heavenly Father has promised to hear and answer all our prayers and work all things for his good (and ours!)

  2. Amen, Lauren! Thanks for that truth. I sometimes lose hope that God will answer a prayer that I've been praying about for (what I think is) an extended period of time. I need to remember that my timing doesn't always match up with God's.


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