Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
It’s hard not to worry when life is right up there in your face. As your situation worsens progressively you can even lose hope of it getting any better.
I worried about losing my job – and I lost it. I worried about losing my marriage – and I lost it. I worried about losing a loved one – and I lost them. Worrying (and I did a lot of it) didn’t help me to keep my job, my marriage or my mother. I worried so much it was like a hobby for me. I became a whining friend, a harried parent and a stressed out daughter; definitely not pleasant to be around. The problem with worrying however is that it solves nothing and is usually a colossal waste of time.
I’ve gotten much better now, although some days I find myself slipping back under my worry blanket (that happens a lot because I’m a parent I suppose) and anxiously wondering what the future holds as I try to balance my home and career, spend quality time with family and stay on top of expenses.
And that is why I related to this blog post today, simply entitled “Worry” by Michelle. As you read her short note, you’ll have to admit she certainly has a lot going on BUT she also has her faith … and that’s what’s going to keep her going until she comes out on the other side.
In the meantime, I’m going to say a prayer for their little family: that God will bless them and provide for them not only now but way into the future. Can you do the same? Especially because it’s Christmas 😉