With now having two kids, worrying is something that has moved into my mom brain and made itself comfortable. I begin to ask questions, like: Are we disciplining enough? Are they eating healthy enough? What if one of them gets hurt? Why isn’t the baby sleeping? Is she sleeping too much?
The worries are endless in our household these days, whether they are related to our kids or our careers, families, dog, you name it – there could be a worry for it. In fact, the worry has been so overwhelming lately, it was becoming difficult to handle. And I wrestled with it relentlessly until I was so perfectly reminded by our faithful Father to seek Him and through Him, I will experience peace.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
That verse is how I am slowly beginning to overcome the worry that overwhelms me most days.
This is, in my opinion, is the biggest part to overcoming the worry. When you truly look around your life, there is never a shortage of blessings to be thankful for. And when I thank God for all of my blessings, it helps me to focus on what He has done or is doing rather than what I can’t control or see ahead.
Do Your Part & Give the Rest to Him!
Giving your worry to God doesn’t mean acting recklessly and hoping He fixes it for you; but, there is always something we can do to help our situation. So, we must turn to Him in prayer and do what we can but here’s the key part – leave the impossible to God. When there is no more that we can do, we have to leave the rest up to God and allow our hearts to be free from worry, so they can be open to what He is doing.
Accept the Peace!
When you think about times that you have allowed worry to rule over you, has it produced anything? I’m guessing probably not. In fact, in my life, it has only built walls between me and loved ones and distracted me from being present with the people in my life. So, I’m inviting you to accept the peace. Be thankful to our great Father, do your part, but leave the impossible to Him, and then bask in the peace only He can provide.
Jesus told us, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
If you’re in a season of calm or a season of chaos, worries will always be with you. It is a human condition to want to control our situations, but in order to really live out the life that God has for you, we must replace our worry with thankfulness and prayer.