“We Want … STOP Worrying!” 

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

You may have heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s been called an “ideal woman.” For the rest of this series, we’re going to look and see if any of her qualities could possibly be applied to us in our REAL lives today.

The Verse:

Proverbs 31:21

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

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

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • 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?

I can remember the first year JB really understood Christmas, being absolutely determined to make every moment magical!

I wanted to buy the perfect gifts, have the perfect Santa cookies, the perfect pajamas, everything just so!

But then, in the blink of an eye, it was over – just a memory!

A memory that I’ll be honest and say does NOT include the details I stressed over. I couldn’t tell you what we bought JB that year, what our pjs looked like, or what cookies Santa ate … but I allowed those things to add stress and worry to my life for the entire month of December.

Stressing over Christmas sounds silly, right? (Especially in January once it’s all said and done) We all know it’s pointless to worry over those little things.

But … what about the big things?

Are we justified in our worry over the big things?

As a chronic worrier myself, my gut reaction is yes! Of course I’m justified in worrying over my family and friends, are you kidding?!? One glimpse of any news article, or clip from the news will tell you we should all be worried and fearful 365 days a year!

But … our verse for today tells us otherwise.

As a mom, my biggest fears don’t have to do with gifts and presents for my children, my biggest worries are for their safety and well-being, and for Jimmy and I to always be here to guide, love and protect them.

Those fears, that the mere thought of bring tears to my eyes … y’all those are the ones I cling to. It’s as if worrying over the future gives me some sense of control over it, although I have none.

Worry and fear are liars, and hold us captive, making us think there is no other way!

But this verse today, reminds us of THE TRUTH!

Today, we are reminded of the power of God’s love. We’re reminded of HOW it is that He protects us.

“Clothed in scarlet” is indicative of the blood to be shed, of the promise to be fulfilled on the cross. “Clothed” brings about images of being fully covered, protected and that is exactly what Jesus does.

As much as I could ever possibly love my husband and boys, the love that Jesus has for them, and for me, is a million times greater!

I have no need of fear, I have no need of worry!

My husband and sons belong to Jesus!

 

I belong to Jesus!

We are clothed in Scarlet …

Your Task for Today:

Take a second and think back on the past year. Think of the top things you’ve worried about. Can you honestly say that your worry made any positive impact on the situation? – NO! In fact, 9 times out of 10, we come through any difficult situation saying, “Gosh, I wish I wouldn’t have wasted all that time worrying! It was all just fine!”

Remember that you are clothed in scarlet, you are loved, and you are precious. There is no need to worry because God has you, and He has whatever situation you find yourself in. So relax for a moment in His embrace!

The Transition:

Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**