Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Don't Worry

Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

I came across these verses this morning. I felt that they didn't need an introduction. They really spoke to me today because I am what some people would call a worrier. I find that it's hard not to worry when you have children. However, I find that I worry a lot less when I stop and take the time to give it to God each time I find myself worrying about something. People that know me, know that I write a lot. I write my prayers, I write what I am thankful for, and I write what I am worried about. I keep my prayers and the things I am thankful for so I can look back on them. My worries are different though. When I find myself worrying about something, I write it on an index card and then I pray about it and turn it over to God. Then, I tear it in half and throw it away. It is no longer mine to worry about. I have given it to God.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

The verses in Jeremiah were such a beautiful illustration to me. The tree whose roots are by the river has nothing to worry about. While other trees may grow dry and weary when the heat comes, this tree has a constant supply of water- its life source. In the same way, when we try to do things on our own, we worry and grow weary. However, when we put our hope in the Lord, He provides us the strength we need to overcome--He is our water and our life source.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

 There is a song that plays on the radio called "He Said" by Group 1 Crew. The song is about promises that God makes to us. One line says:

I won't give you more, more than you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won't let you break

God will never give us more than we can take. The world may give us reasons to worry, but our God gives us every reason not to worry.


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