Phillippians 4:6 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Corrie Ten Boom once said, "Worrying does not empty today tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength."
I have always been a worry-wart. From as earlier as I can remember, I worried about everything. I worried about getting cancer, being in a car wreck, and I always worried about the 'what if' something bad happens to me.
It was debilitating.
I have grown up a lot since then, but my worry list has gotten longer and more detailed.
I am going to be very transparent and list a few things I genuinely worry about. I have learned that when I write my worries out on paper, it in a sense, brings them to light and brings them out of my mind. Also, when I write them out I can pray about them and then save the paper to remind myself one day that God calmed those fears and worries for me.
I worry that I will lose my husband or one of my children.
I worry that they aren't healthy enough, active enough, or snuggled enough.
I worry that I don't spend adequate time with both of my children.
I worry that I don't call and check on my family members enough.
I worry that I am not feeding my family healthy enough meals.
I worry that I am not taking care of myself like I should be.
I worry about my husbands safety when he is not home with us.
I worry that I am not a good enough wife, mother, friend, or daughter.
I worry that I am not using my talents enough for God's glory.
I worry about the world we are living in and having to raise my children in it.
I worry about others and their worries.
The list could go on and on and ON.
Over on my Instagram, I asked my followers if they considered themselves 'Worriers' or 'Come What May' type people. Around 95% of the voters said that they were 'worriers'. Worry is something so many struggle with and we must trust God or it will overtake us. We live in a scary world where uncertainty lies around every corner, but if you're a child of God you have nothing to fear.
Here is what God clearly laid on my heart recently: I cannot control what happens in my life. You cannot control what happens in your life. WE cannot control what happens in our lives. I can fix all organic meals, keep my children in a bubble, and work myself to death trying to be the perfect everything for everyone, but at the end of the day I. Am. Not. In. Control. God is in control and I am so THANKFUL He is and that I am NOT. Regardless of the hard times that may fall, He is in control of our lives and knows what is best for us. When I started taking this realization to heart, the peace of God flooded into my heart and He has helped me stop worrying as much as I used to. I often think about the many times God has brought me through something to show me that my worries were no match for Him. What a good God He is!
Day in and day out, I have to remind myself to release my grip on my worries and give them over to God, yet again. Everyone struggles with certain sins and insecurities and worry is definitely top of my list. I am sure that someone reading this right now struggles with worry as well. I want to encourage you by saying that God has got whatever you're worried about under control. It is hard to let go and let God work things out, but I promise He knows best!