Worry Problems

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is it’s own trouble.” Matthew 6:34, AMP

A phone call followed by some messages moved me from “it’ll be okay” to envisioning I would be soon attending a funeral. Making matters worse, this wasn’t a worst-case scenario turn of events. The situation was terrifyingly real.

Over the course of the day, I teetered between peace and fits of tears. I found myself either praying or allowing my mind to go to an incredibly dark place. Can you guess which feelings accompanied which actions?

Every time I focused on God, He filled me with peace. I declared to Him: This is not going to be my reality. This is not my story. You will protect this situation and see me through. I wasn’t issuing these ultimatums to God. I spoke out loud what I believed to be true. God knew the outcome, and we would be okay.

At the end of the day, I received the confirmation I prayed for all day: things were going to be okay.

God taught me an incredible lesson. When my mind wandered to worry, I didn’t trust God and I attempted to be in control. Worry is a product of not enough faith plus a desire to control the outcome. See, Jesus knew we would struggle with this and He commanded us not to worry. Nothing good comes of it! Ultimately, I could have done absolutely nothing to change the course of what was happening.

It is really hard to let things go and simply trust. Our minds naturally want to go down the “what if” path. I remember once hearing a fellow mom say, “give me a simple scenario and I can get to the worst-case scenario within six steps.” If we allow it, most of us could focus our energy in this way. It’s such a waste of energy, though.

Instead, we could pray. We should pray. Declare what you know to be true.

Do you naturally worry about everything? Is there a specific something right now causing you worry? If so, I encourage you to give it to God. Let Him take over; He already knows the outcome. When you spend time praying instead of worrying, He will equip you to get through it. You will have a peace that transcends this world.

Chasing Christ,

Jennifer 💕


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