In today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, I shared a story about how my husband pointed out that I worry too much. And although I didn’t really appreciate it, I sort of new it was true.
I think my tendency to worry began the moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child over twenty years ago. I spent every day worrying that something might go wrong, and when a few complications arose, I practically made myself ill worrying about all the “what if’s”. I did the same thing with pregnancy number two and three, and then worry became a whole new beast.
I worried about my children choking on food so much so that I would cut up their hot dogs into microscopic pieces. I worried about them getting hurt on the playground, or kidnapped at the park. I worried about their self esteems when friends hurt their feelings and coaches cut them from teams. I worried when they got behind the wheel of a car, and would never close my eyes to sleep until every child was safely tucked under the covers in their nice warm bed. I would worry about work, workload and work problems. I worried about finances, and the health of family members, and at times have allowed marital worries to turn into insomnia.
All this worrying from a woman who loves the Lord and believes with every ounce of her soul that He is sovereign, loving and above all, trustworthy. Have mercy.
Being a Christian and lover of Christ doesn’t eliminate our tendency to worry because we are human, and this world can be a scary place to live in. Emotions run high and fear of negative things happening in our lives run rampant in our mind, often driving us away from the scriptures instead of towards them. What a shame that we allow this to happen, when true peace that is beyond our understanding is only a prayer away.
I can honestly say that although I do still worry more than I should, I have drastically decreased my level of worry due to my relationship with the Lord. Circumstances that would formerly have pushed me over the edge of the worry cliff and left me in tears, now push me to pray and ask God to fill me with the courage to trust Him, even when I have no idea how those circumstances might turn out.
Learning to trust God is the only way to find victory over worry, and just like anything else we want to learn to do, it sometimes takes time. Yet it only one takes one prayer to get started on the journey to peace.
Maybe you have never considered yourself a worrier, but you do tend to worry a little more than you should. Or maybe you know that worry often has a grip on your heart, and you just want to break the cycle. In either case, tucking Psalm 62:6 into your heart today is a great start, “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (NIV) Here we read that the psalmist’s confidence has increased to the point where he knows that whatever his enemies, or life, throws at him, he will not be shaken. His ability not to worry didnt come from his physical strength, but from his strong faith. And ours can too.
As promised in today’s devotion, CLICK HERE to open and print a free worry self assessment. Although I’m not a psychologist and this is not a scientific method of diagnosing anything, it may provide insight to whether or not worrying is secretly taking a toll on your spirit and your life. If you find that you are in deed a worry wart and desire to begin trusting God more, consider visiting BibleGateway.com and type in the keywords of worry or anxiety. Ask God to speak to you through these scriptures and to help you learn to worry less, and trust Him more.
Since worry causes a lot of stress, I thought it would be appropriate and fun to give away a couple of my books today! Stressed-Less Living is my journey of learning to trust God more, and stress and worry less.
To enter win one of two signed copies, leave a comment on my blog (emailed comments will not be entered) stating what you worry about most, and/or a brief commitment to entrust those worries to Jesus.
If you would like to purchase the book, click here.
Hope you all have a happy and worry free weekend!