I. Am. A. Worrier.
I go through seasons of life when I worry more than others, but worry comes easily to me. I usually find something to worry about on a daily basis.
This chapter is such an encouragement to this worrying mama.
I love the illustration Joanna writes comparing worry to a thick fog.....
While physical fog may seem dense and almost solid, scientist tell us that a fog bank a hundred feet deep and covering seven city blocks is composed of less than one glass of water. Divided into billions of droplets, it hasn't much substance. Yet it has the power to bring an entire city to a standstill. [pg. 35-36]
This picture exposes the truth about worry. It is made of so little, yet yields the power to consume and paralyze us.
Later she gets to the root of this issue on worry when she includes a quote from Gary E. Gilley.
Worry is allowing problems and distress to come between us and the heart of God. It is the view that God has somehow lost control of the situation and we cannot trust Him. A legitimate concern presses us closer to God and causes us to lean and trust on Him all the more. [pg. 38]
I may tell myself the need for worry is great because of the importance of the issue at hand. But, I could not list for you 99.9% of the things I worried about over my lifetime.
The truth is I fear a potential future event because I have stopped trusting God.
The problem is not the one in one million things that may or may not possibly happen. The problem is that when I worry, I have stopped trusting God.
I find this comforting, because I have felt so helpless to my incessant worry. How could I be anything but helpless in situations where I am battling in my mind over 'potentials' and 'what if's'.......reviewing over and over conversations that will probably never happen the way I envision them.
God's Word speaks directly and specifically about this problem of worry.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7
As Joanna writes on page 40, the steps to combat worry have been laid out for us in scripture.
Be anxious about nothing. Be prayerful about everything. Be thankful for all things.
I am thankful for what it says in verse 7. With these three things, we receive the Lord's peace that not only defies our logic but also guards our hearts and minds!
That is what I need, a guard for my heart and my mind.
So this week, we are challenged.......
Will we pray? Will we be worried? We really can't do both. [pg. 42]
Let's talk about it.....
If you feel led, please comment below about all or just one of these items. We will focus on this chapter all week, so please jump in any day you find time. Also, please feel free to respond to others who have commented, let us encourage each other.
1. The third step to gaining victory over worry is to 'be thankful for all things'. What is something you will remind yourself you are thankful of this week?
2. Page 47 includes 'Top Ten Ways to Tame Your Worry Habit'. Which of these do you find most helpful? Is there one you will try this week?
3. What spoke most to you from this chapter?
I look forward to hearing form you :)
* All quotes mentioned above are noted by page number and are taken from 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World' by Joanna Weaver.
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