Friday, April 29, 2016


"Who of you by 
worrying can add
a single hour
to your life?"
(Luke 12:25)

Have you ever noticed when you pray for something like patience or faith, instead of just giving us those virtues, God puts us in situations that require us to use them?

Our sermon Sunday at church dealt with worry. After half an hour of being inspired to entrust everything into God's capable hands, I thought, I can do this! From now on, I'll give all my cares and concerns to the Lord.

Two days later, the threat of severe weather hit our area. I was a half-hour away from home shopping at the time. Several in town were talking about the bad storm headed our way. One look at the radar confirmed it, as did the darkening sky to the west.

Instantly my thoughts turned to my husband who was alone in the middle of nowhere on a cab-less tractor, without a cell phone. So did I trust God with this? No. I rushed and worried--about getting home ahead of the storm to warn my husband, about safety on the roads, and safety for my sons at school and work.

As it turned out, my worries--as usual--were for nothing. The storm split around us and wasn't as bad as expected. Once again, I realized how small my faith really is. So, I decided to make a list of things I could do instead of worry. Here's my top 10 picks.

Read Scripture
Sing praise songs
Call a friend
Listen to Christian music
Visit a shut-in
Ask someone to pray for the situation
Do something nice for someone
Get out and enjoy God's creation

When you're tempted to worry, remember this Scripture:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."    (Romans 8:28)

What about you? What situations cause you to worry? I'd love to hear your feedback.

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