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I have been stressed from worrying for days now. Lately I just can’t let go of worries and concerns for the future (which is extremely physically and emotionally draining-something that can easily keep us from giving ourselves emotionally and physically to our spouse! This is something else I want to talk about very soon). Especially financial concerns. I’ve been praying about it a lot lately and I know we are supposed to give our worries to God and know that He will take care of everything for us.
We want to purchase a house in the near future so we can FINALLY settle down as a family and it just seems so impossible because of the amount of student loan debt and car loan debt that we have.
Our van seems to need more money put into it lately than it’s even worth.
My husband is thousands of miles away from his family during this Thanksgiving and I feel helpless in trying to figure out a way to not make it hurt for him. This is probably the most stressful thing because there really isn’t even a solution to making him feel better. So I have just been praying my heart out about it.
I’ve also been studying more about blogs to try and figure out how to set them up the best possible way. I’m learning how to gain more followers and begin using affiliate links to even try and earn some income to help with those financial worries listed earlier. Learning about all of those things and trying to absorb the information while your 2-year old twins are screaming at you because they want a pen and paper is less than peaceful.
The list goes on and on and my mind hasn’t been able to stop lately! It’s been making me so overwhelmed. So I have been trying to remember the commands on worrying that God gives us.
God tells us quite a few times in the Bible not to worry:
Philippians 4:6 says:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
God also promises us:
Philippians 4:10 says:
My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I just haven’t been able to shake these things off my mind lately and it has been wearing me down. It’s been making me impatient with my kids and I haven’t been talking about it to God nearly as much as I should be. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world. I was even starting to worry that I wouldn’t even know what to post next on the blog. I have tons of ideas on my phone. I keep my phone handy and take notes from a couple Christian books I’m reading and take notes when something clicks when I’m reading Scripture. But not one of those ideas seemed good enough for me today-they didn’t seem right. Doubt flooded my mind yet again about this blog as I wondered how on earth I would capture an audience if I couldn’t even figure out what to write about. I prayed about it today (which was a “duh!” moment-why on earth didn’t I do this sooner??) and asked God to please fill me with the Holy Spirit when my fingers touched the keyboard and to let this blog be HIS blog, to use me to get HIS word out to everyone. And as soon as I opened my laptop and scrolled through my posts that I had begun but never published, I clicked on the one titled “Do Not Worry.” I was hesitant because I had no idea what I was going to say in that post. It had a couple biblical verses already in it but I still had no idea where to start. (Again, worrying!)
So I opened my devotional to today’s reading hoping for some wisdom from God. Guess what the title was? Relinquishing Worries!
If God has been answering my prayers all my life this quickly then I’ve been completely blind because He wastes absolutely no time! Which makes me feel re-energized and confident in my ability to do this for God.
As soon as my hands hit the keyboard, my heart started pouring out yet again and I know that it was the Holy Spirit who completely took over for me.
God doesn’t want us to worry because it interferes with our ability to become closer to Him. He wants us to trust in Him and know that He will provide everything we need. In the Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband devotional, Jennifer has an entire chapter on fear, which is something worry falls under. It prevents us from opening up to God (and to our husband) for fear of things like rejection, disappointment, etc.
Fear prevents us from experiencing the extraordinary.
-Jennifer Smith, Wife After God
John 14:7 says:
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
This verse is what pushed me to begin my blog in the first place. It gave me the confidence to have faith in my Lord and to finally tell Him Thy will be done!
This verse has been stuck in my mind for weeks now and makes me feel so at peace knowing that if what I am doing is something I am doing entirely for God, then He WILL take care of me and my family! That if I honor Him with every aspect of my life, He WILL provide! It is a win-win situation. I get to experience the joy and peace that comes with being a living word of God (of course I struggle, but I will attempt every day!) and God will provide for us. Absolutely no need to worry. God’s got this! 🙂