“Remember Him More, Worry Less”

The Pour:

For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.

We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.

Simply say:

Dear God,

This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)

Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:

And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.

Amen

The Beans:

The Background:

Apparently Jesus spoke a great deal about worry while He was on earth, which tells me that I’m not the only person to have a worry problem, thankfully! Today we’re actually going to look at two verses because I was so worried over picking the right one (haha, worried … get it?!) … But, you’ll see that both pieces of advice address the very definition of worry perfectly!

The Verse:

Matthew 6:34

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-27

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and answer:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

We talked before, a few series ago, about worry.

The biggest thing we talked about in regards to worry was, to do whatever steps you can, and then ask God to help you with the rest.

If you’re worried and there is something you can actually do (like open the email you’re scared to read, schedule the doctor’s appointment, sit down and actually look at your budget etc.) … girlfriend, get up off your behind and do it. You’ll feel so much better addressing the situation head on.

But then, there are issues that don’t have any steps you can currently take, so worrying over those is actually pointless.

And it’s this kind of worry that I am best at, which is why today’s verses strike such a chord with me.

Let’s take social anxiety for instance, again, something with which I’m very familiar. I can not leave a conversation (whether it was a full day’s playdate, or a casual “bump in,” at the grocery store) without replaying the conversation over and over in my mind.

“Did I sound stupid? Could that have been taken the wrong way? I’m sure they hate me …  That’s it, I have no friends!

Yeah – I can spiral real quick.

It’s during this type of worrying that I tend to be so focused on whatever the worry is, that I’m not present in the actual moment. My mood is different, I’m distracted, and become panicky almost.

This does NOT do me any favors, as a mom to young children.

I snap at them for things they’re doing, that truly aren’t wrong, but because they’re bothering me, while I’m so busy worrying. I’m not being patient, or addressing them and tending to their needs. I am the problem, not them.

And I pick fights with my husband because I want him to see how big of a deal this thing I’m worrying over is.

Which is why Jesus’ words comfort me so much.

He says, “Sister, look, when you’re stressing and worrying over that stupid stuff, you’re not in the moment. See, today has plenty of stuff demanding your attention, and you’re making everything worse worrying over something you can’t control. Snap out of it and handle what you can control so you don’t wind up with a ton more stuff to worry about!”

And He’s right.

People care far less about us than we think. I mean how arrogant am I, to believe that people actually have the time and energy to waste scrutinizing every little thing I do and say. Chances are they’re too busy looking in their own mirror doing the same things to themselves!

Now, I hear you … maybe social anxiety isn’t your thing. Maybe you’re someone I admire who really just doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Man, I want to be friends and learn your ways!

… But … there are things in life that cause even the most relaxed person in the world to worry.

And for those big, real issues that we worry over, Jesus has some advice in our second verse.

If God cares for animals and provides for their needs, don’t you think He’s going to provide for and care for you that much more?

Jesus reminds us of how delicately and carefully God cares for the animals.

And my past reminds me of how carefully God has always cared for me and delivered me through.

I’ve kept a prayer journal for the past 14 years (yes I just did the math and cried a little at how old this makes me sound) … But, when I go back and read through all the hard times I’ve experienced … I can see where thoughtfully cared for me, and carried me through it all.

Now I have to say, I rarely see Him working, or feel His presence in the actual moment … but hindsight serves as the reminder my heart needs of His faithfulness.

To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …

We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.

Here we go:

My Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.

My Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.”    “I AM worth it.”       “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”

OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.

 

**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.