Monday, January 12, 2009

Don't Worry - Be Happy (Part 1)

Last week during my devotion time, I was studying the topic of worry - not only what causes me to worry but, more importantly, what I can do in order to turn those cares over to the Lord. Then at church yesterday, our pastor's message was about - you guessed it - worry! I love it when that happens....surely there is something God wants to teach me. Although I've never really thought of myself as a "worrier", it seems the older I get, the more this is a problem.

Here is one thing I did..and am working on. Write down on a piece of paper, the top five things that I worry about most often. These could be specific things, if you like, but I simply listed general ideas (for instance, you could use "health" or "aging parents" or "finances"...) and then study your Bible and find one or two specific verses for that particular worry. Try to be a specific as you can. I was so encouraged to find the verses so perfectly designed for my needs. Write these verses out on 3x5 cards, perhaps with the associated worry labeled at the top, and begin memorizing them.

When worry starts to creep in during the day, get out your cards and busy your mind - and defeat the devil - with memorizing. Soon, you won't need the cards and you will be "armed" and ready when the worrying begins.

4 comments:

  1. I am a worrier by nature, so this is a great exercise for me! In fact, one of my favorite Bible verses about worry is on my blog (Phillippians 4:6-7). I would type it out, but it's fairly long. It's really helped me a lot in various situations I've been faced with through the years.

    Have a wonderful Monday!!!

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  2. what a great idea. i should do this. thanks for sharing!

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  3. Fantastic post!!! I loved this and since this is one of my issues too, I will DEFINITELY try this... starting tomorrow morning in my quiet time! Awesome post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. God must be telling me something, too. I recently found out my dear friend has breast cancer and just had surgery for that. What a Godly woman she is ~ she never seemed worried about it, as it was all in God's hands. (This is one of my greatest worries) Please come to my blog and click on my "What I'm praying about today" image and read her wonderful, inspiring story! Makes me want to sing "His eye is on the Sparrow." :~}

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