‘Worry, worry, worry, step right up and …’

Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Matthew 6:25-27

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.  Proverbs 12:25

How can we end worry?  It is so debilitating.  Heavy, Endless–Ugh.  

“No way around it.  Step right up and join with us in complaining.  Life just stinks.  It is nothing but headaches, heartaches, and troubles. No way around it. This is life” Satan whispers, yells, and reminds of this daily, sometimes many times in one day. UGH!  Enough.  How can I be freed from this? 

For those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior, these are the lies and beliefs many have.

I found immense freedom when I gave God control.  Do I slide sometimes, thinking I have control…yes, but it is RARE now, very rare. It is SO much harder for the king of lies to puncture my armor of God and the Holy Spirit.

I think it’s human nature to worry at times. Some people worry all the time, and never seem to have a worry-free moment. Others are fairly laid back and try to take each day as it comes, and rarely seem to worry. But worry does come to each of us and we each handle it differently. We are all individuals, meaning we each look at things slightly different than others. And therefore handle everything, including worries differently.

Some of us have strengths where others have weakness and vice versa. But God’s word encourages, actually tells us to give Him our worries and concerns, and to not spend and expend our energy on worrying. We have little to no control over events in our lives. We may think we do, but then are shocked when severe sudden accidents, LIFE happens.  We have little control; and yet think we are in command. . . . . until we are scooped up into a problem or unanticipated event.

It took me a long time to relinquish my worries. I wonder now if I liked keeping them close. But it was more a matter believing I, myself, me, was in control. How silly, how cocky. I have finally learned I have little control. Yes, I can pay my bills on time, can check in with family and friends and make sure they are all doing well (and can say prayers if there are issues), I can drive to the store and choose my merchandise, etc. But I have little control in the grand realm.

It behooves me to greet God each morning, ask Him to protect my family and keep them healthy, and to guide my steps, use me if there is a need I can accomplish for His kingdom.

 I have learned over years how much easier my life is by handling over worries to God: again, not always easy, at least in those first days of trust and believing. Those worries would leap back into my mind and I would again start gnawing on them, then remember I had handed it off to God. . . and I needed to let Him deal, to trust Him. And remind myself to relinquish once again the worry I tried to snatch back.

for those who may read these blogs regularly, you may recognize this poem, as I recently wrote it but it was also one of my mental reminders each time I back slid and tried to snatch my worry and control back.

Broken Dreams

As children bring their toys with tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God because He was my Friend.

But then instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried, “How could You be so slow?”–“My child,” He said, “What could I do? You never did let go.”

It was easy for this poem to jump in my head when I tried to snatch something back after asking for His help and then sliding right on back to impatience and worry.  That doesn’t happen much any longer.  Thanks to the Holy Spirit reminding me life goes much smoother letting God be in charge.  He knows what needs to e done for my life and His kingdom.

Wahoo, life is so much easier and smoother doing this. So when you’re buried in worries, please turn to any of the verses I’ve written, or find your own. They have certainly made ‘mybellaviews’ much more pleasant and easy.