School started last week and my kids are going in person. That started me to worry. Two of my children came home from the first day of school with stuffy noses and sore throats and that caused me to worry. Doctor appointments for them. Sitting and waiting for a diagnosis caused me to worry. Doctor notes getting them back in school when they were diagnosed with colds caused me to worry. Missing plans over the weekend caused me to worry. Will I get it too, caused me to worry. See I have lots of reasons to worry and I believe you do to. Which is why it is so hard when someone says to you, stop being a worry wort to just stop. For a long time I couldn’t just stop worrying, I needed a plan of attack.
By the way none of the things I worried about happened. Both kids did not have COVID. Both kids are feeling just fine now and both kids are back at school. Worrying did nothing but cause more of it.
Joyce Meyers often compares worrying to rocking in a rocking chair your moving but your not going anywhere. And she’s right. It’s unproductive, it raises your stress level, its unhealthy and it gives you an attitude that anything bad that will happen can happen.
For me I’ve had to take Joyce’s advice and Jesus’s to stop the worry train. When I realize I’m worrying I stop, I pray about whatever it is I’m worried about, Sometimes I have to do this over and over again and then I replace it with something I am thankful with.
Matthew Chapter 6 says a lot about worry. In verse 33 Jesus reminds us to first seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you also.” That is why I pray first. I want to seek God’s will on whatever it is I’m worried about.
I’m also learning to be careful not to talk a lot about what I’m worried about. Our words are powerful. When we talk about worry we tend to dwell on it. We don’t really know what’s going to happen one day for the next or why somethings happen the way they do. We just have to trust God’s will in it.
Finally I thank God for his goodness. He is for us, not against us. If we are reminded of the goodness he’s done in our lives its hard not to trust Him to continue to take care of us. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything (every circumstance and situation) by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your (specific) requests known to God. ”
If we do this He promises in verse 7 ” The peace of God (that peace which reassures the heart, that peace) which transcends all understanding, (that peace which) stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (is yours.)”
Don’t you want that kind of peace! I sure do. I’ve experienced that kind of peace before in really hard times. God is good. He knows what you need when you need it.