I’m currently sitting in the Angola consulate to finish my visa application & this is always a jittery experience. It’s stressful in lots of ways because it’s a really complicated process & even when I’ve done everything right, there has been an occasion when my application was denied.
So I can get stressed out as I wait or I can chose to trust God. These words, “trust God” are easier said than done. But when there’s nothing more that I can do, then I need to actively chose, even moment by moment, to trust God.
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to coach our mental game & help us get better at trusting God 🙂
I totally get that Jesus says not to worry about what we eat, wear or what’s going to happen tomorrow and I totally want to align myself with His instructions. And I’d also venture to say that from time to time, we both have a little bit of a challenge in the “concern” area. Here are some ideas / thoughts that may be useful:
break big issues into smaller pieces or components and they might not seems as overwhelming
memorize some verses from the Bible that you can lean into when you feel like you’re drowning in the “worry” zone – Ps 55:22 is a great resource, as a starter
health upkeep – here’s the normal nagging of drinking lots of water & maintaining an consistent exercise routine
worship tunes that lift up Jesus always help me to put any problems or worries into a better perspective
It always helps me to remember to put my trust in God & to lift up my soul to God (Ps 25:1)
These are a few ideas that have been useful to me. What helps you? Please share 🙂
Lately, I’ve had some struggles with worry & if you give me the line that I’m not supposed to worry, I’ll hit you ,)
With that being said, I had a nice chat with God about this & I received some great help that you might also find useful, if not today, maybe for the future. I learned that when I worry, I make an attention decision that can undermine the closeness of my walk with God (not that God moved, but rather that I’ve compromised my trust in God). When I worry, I choose to give my attention to challenges, problems & difficulties that I’m unable to resolve. When I worry, I neglect to include God in these struggles and therefore become increasingly absorbed in them, to the point of being all consumed. And clearly, being all consumed with worry is no place I want to live. So that counter-point to worry is choosing to trust God and while this can be difficult, this decision is much better than going down the worry path. But I’m also learning that trusting God is often a continuously activedecision. So let’s encourage each other to keep our eyes on Jesus and to make healthy choices to strengthen our hearts by trusting God 🙂
Worry seems to be a common ailment. Lots of people worry about lots of things- the economy, health issues, family challenges, school frustrations & lots more! Some worries seem to be justified & some are almost nonsense. Worry is common, but there are a few things you can do to overcome worry:
*pray the answer (God’s Word) more than the problem
*worship – exalting Jesus always makes my problems look smaller & smaller
*be careful about your conversations – complaining can be fuel for worry
*read a Psalm at breakfast, lunch, dinner & bedtime
Don’t let worry be bigger than Jesus in your life!!
I’ve been thinking lately about Adam & Eve with the whole Garden fiasco. That was really a bad day for humanity & despite our Father’s magnificent redemption of humanity, there have been several occasions when I wish Eve would have made some different choices.
I think that one of her big mistakes was to have a conversation w the serpent / devil. And yet I think that sometimes we make her same mistake without realizing it. Here are some ways that we talk with or entertain the devil, his lies & deceptions:
*insecurity – we listen far too often to his accusations & utter nonsense about who we are rather than basing our identity on what God says about us
*ego / pride – “all of that & a bag of chips!”. Really??? It is only through Christ that we are truly invaluable, priceless & supremely desirable
*worry / fear – I don’t think that the devil sets the “worry or fear trap” about things on which we are strong. However, wherever there is a weakspot, that’s where he will plant worry, uncertainty, concern & even fretful thoughts or anxieties, be that about the future, health, relationships, etc
Can you think of other “conversation traps” that the devil lays for you???
Fear is interesting – in the right amounts & toward the right things, it can be really beneficial. On the other hand, fear with the wrong amounts & directed toward the wrong things can be thoroughly toxic & destructive.
Consider this: fear can immunize us from disrespect & irreverence. Fear can keep us from doing dumb things & the Bible speaks of a boat load of benefits from having a fear, respect & reverence for God.
On the negative scale, fear can hinder us from some amazing experiences, adventures & accomplishments. It can also keep us from learning some important lessons. Fear can keep us trapped in the past & cripple us from moving forward. Fear can suffocate healthy relationships & even debilitate constructive growth.
So here’s my conclusion: I don’t want to be afraid of life but I do want to have a healthy reverence for the Creator of life – love life & honor it’s Creator.
Change can be frustrating, exhilarating, empowering, difficult & fun – all at the same time 🙂
Lots of things are in a state of flux right now, with uncertain outcomes. This morning in my prayer time, i found myself thinking about a variety of things that are really bothering me at the present – areas needing & undergoing changes. Unfortunately, these things seemed to get more of my attention than praying. Now of course i brought these various issues to God & asked for His help, but i found myself still dwelling on these things & trying to figure out ways to fix & improve various situations. When we’re in the middle of change (in small or big ways), its really easy to fixate on problems, needs, frustrations, etc.
The truth is that we desperately need to focus on God, especially in seasons of change. Lately, i’ve been reading about Paul & the shipwreck he endured in Acts 27. Paul was in a tremendous season of stress & change – but if you watch his words & behavior, he was totally aware of his circumstances, but kept his eyes on God. Truthfully, i don’t think he had any alternative.
So here’s my bottom line – in the middle of change, we’ve got to keep our eyes, attention & heart set on God. What are some things, actions, ways that help you do this???
i did a message Wed night on worry & it fit EXTREMELY well into what i’ve been going through lately. To add onto it, i’ve also been studying Philip 4:6-8 where Paul talks about some good strategies to combat worry. He starts off in vs 6 telling us not to be anxious but to offer our requests to God w prayer & supplication with thanksgiving.
Here’s my take away on this: whatever we’re worried about, we need to take to God ALONG WITH at least one thanksgiving, something for which you’re thankful. I think this is an interesting dynamic to keep the proper balance between requests & gratitude. So all that being said, here are a few things I’m thankful to God for:
His grace – overwhelms my brokenness
His patience – again
His love – boundless & without condition
a fresh hair cut
nitrate free hot dogs
God’s invitations to me, throughout the day, to be with Him
Worry is a big deal – everyone has struggled w worry to varying degrees. If you are presently in a good frame of mind, its easy to say, “don’t worry, just have faith.” However, if you’re having any struggles w life issues, then it doesn’t seem to be quite so simple, at least not for me. Something that I’ve found helpful is in Matthew 6:25-32 when Jesus talks about not worrying. In these verses, Jesus singles out worrying about clothing, food, drink & time – but I think that His main thought in these verses deals with us not worrying. When Jesus tells us not to worry, He points our focus to God’s creation (birds & lillies) – thereby taking our attention off of the thing(s) we worry about. But even better, in verse 33, He tells us to focus our attention on God.
Personally, I find this to be really helpful when there are worry issues that try to plague me. While I think its really important to not bury my head in the sand & ignore problems, I also know that if various problems make me worry, this isn’t good either. It is very important that my thoughts are surrendered to Jesus’ Lordship – 2 Cor 10:5. So if you’re struggling w sorry, consider memorizing Philip 4:6-8 to help immunize you against the worry disease. 🙂
Today, these are some of the things I worried about:
Isabell having a sore throat
David’s bday party this weekend
my message on worry that i’ve been working on (now that’s funny!)
work & people issues
getting my schedule mixed up (i was trying to remember what day of the week it was at 530pm – that’s sad)
the baked chicken being raw (long story)
Most of us have our list of “concerns”, worries, uncertainties, etc. Here’s something interesting to consider, of the things that we worry about:
40% — are things that will never happen
30% — are things about the past that can’t be changed
12% — are things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
10% — are about health, which gets worse with stress
8% — are about real problems that will be faced
There are many places in the Bible where we’re told not to worry but to trust God. So with this directive, what are some things that you’ve found helpful in learning not to worry? I understand that we’re all growing & not so many of us have achieved “worry-free” living – but if you could share some of your ideas, they could probably help others who read this blog – just leave a comment above. Thanks!! 🙂