I can always find something to worry about. The usual things like money, whether my children will be safe. When I run out of “real” things to worry about, I get creative and imagine things to worry about 20 years from now.
Why do I do this? God has an impeccable track record, as written in His Word and in my prayer journal. Yesterday I was flipping back through recent entries, where I’d asked for his help with a huge medical bill.
It’s been paid.
I prayed for direction about my oldest son’s school schedule for next year.
It’s been settled.
“Look at that!” I wrote in marvel. And I had to admonish myself. “COME ON!!!” I also wrote. And “STOP,” in huge letters. Like the song says, He’s never failed. And He won’t start now.
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I do believe that one day, I will be able to say, “I used to worry a lot.” What is your testimony? What did you used to do, before you were transformed?
I’ve shared before that it usually takes me only a few minutes—if that—to fall asleep every night. But last night I was so anxious about a situation that sleep did not come right away. After a while, I thought about how all this worrying can’t be good for my health. Then I realized that I was worrying about worrying! What a mess!!
Thank God for an idea better than counting sheep: why not “Bible myself to sleep?” I searched my memory for any long passages of Scripture. My kids memorized a big chunk of Philippians 4 last year, and fortunately I picked up some of it, too. And so I started: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice …”
I don’t know for sure how long I lasted, but I’m pretty sure that I was asleep before verse 19.
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Do you find yourself lying awake with worry? Or is bedtime your one-on-One time with the Lord?
It has happened to me more than once: my mind is grinding away at a problem—maybe work-related, or a disagreement with my husband—and the grinding is getting me absolutely nowhere. Then, right in the middle of imagining the worst-case scenario, or replaying our argument (and adding what I wish I’d said), I suddenly remember, Oh yeah, I can pray about this!
In fact, it happened just this Monday. After months of worrying about a critical (and missing) document that I had to find for work by tomorrow, it finally occurred to me to pray. Sure enough, the Lord led me to it: all by itself in the file cabinet that I’d checked before, far away from similar documents, where it “should” have been (but that’s okay!). He always leads me to answers when I pray. I should do it more often.
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When was the last time God’s Word gave you some answers?
How do you respond to a stressful situation? Do you try to plan the uncertainty out of it? Or do you sit paralyzed, playing all the dreadful possibilities in your mind (as I’ve been known to do)? Well, planning is usually wise, and waiting is often necessary. But prayer is the action plan that will lead to peace.
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What verses help to calm your worried mind?