Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Keep Calm

(I could use this in my home)

I am a worry wart by nature. (Technically, we all are without the grace of God). But I have it bad. I'm also a planner. I think way in advance of how a situation will go and I try to prepare myself for it (it's a gift and a curse). Because of this, I'm always focusing on what could go wrong. My health, Truman's health, my career, Truman's career, our finances (or lack thereof), my parent's divorce, wedding finances (who knew a wedding could get so expensive?), the list goes on and on. These anxieties have been weighing extra heavy on my shoulders lately and you can see it in my eyes. I have let these stresses get to the point where they physically show. It would only be God's wonderful timing that this week's bible study would focus on worry and anxiety. It comes down to the realization of two things: (1) God is in complete control and (2) when I worry, I sin. Worry is a lack of faith, it's as simple as that. Calm My Anxious Heart gave a few great quotes/biblical references I'd like to share:
"It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It's when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God's. He begs you to leave the future to Him and to mind the present."
-George MacDonald

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
-1 Peter 5: 6-7

This is going to be something I struggle with for the rest of my life and I'm learning that the only way to overcome it is to lay my worries down at the feet of my father and remember that He is sovereign, He is good, and He is in control.


Samantha Renée said...

I have the "Keep Calm, Carry On" mini-book.

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