Learning to Live Without Worry
won’t arrive until early March. There was no pressure to move forward … except there was … by me. So I dreamed and fretted most of the night about how I was going to get Pastor Craig and Bonnie their new badges in time for church Sunday morning. I actually had a nightmare! Needless to say, this worry got me nowhere other than a very restless night.
Without Worry’ in James Bryan Smith’s The Good and Beautiful Life. James goes to great lengths to distinguish between caution and worry. ‘Despite their similarity, worry is not the same as being cautious or careful’. He goes on to write ‘Worry is a disproportionate level of concern based on an inappropriate measure of fear’. So how do we get there … regularly to an inappropriate measure of fear? That’s certainly what I experienced last night and it did nothing but rob me of a good night’s sleep.
So this morning I asked myself why I didn’t take a deep breath and pray?
Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7: ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises chase your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.’
Chase me into prayer and settle me down, Lord.
In His Name, Janet
2/23/2021 04:13:43 pm
This is a great lesson Janet. Sorry you had to lose a night's sleep to remind the rest of us!
2/23/2021 06:59:16 pm
Thank you for reminding us in this time of worrisome days and nights. Only our Lord will bring us back to the center where he always is waiting for us.
2/24/2021 08:51:15 am
Thank you Janet, I am a worrier but I can honestly say I am so much better after reading the chapter on worry.
2/24/2021 09:24:07 am
Some people will claim my middle name is " Worry". But I am determined to change that, working on what I read in the book. Thank Janet.
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