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Worry

By:
Shannon Keith

Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with worry? Sometimes the worry is not only about the day ahead, but tomorrow, the week, the month and sometimes even the year ahead. This worry begins to well up inside you to create such an uneasiness that fear takes over your morning. These worries are not prejudice by any means, they usually include, job fears, financial fears, family and marital fears, child rearing fears, addiction fears, just plain day to day worries and stresses. These fears and worries can be paralyzing, even King David knew this as he wrote the prayer of Psalm 143. In this Psalm, David asks God to speak to his heart first thing in the morning and give him reassurance. He pours out his heart to God, expressing his fears and even his weaknesses. He admits his feelings of hopelessness and his fear of crumbling under the weight of his stress. "I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear." Psalm 143:4
God does not intend for us to start our day in fear or in a stress induced madness. "Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you." Psalm 143:8 This is what God wants from us not a life in despair but in enjoying the small things such as a kind word from a loved one, the greeting of a pet, the smell of rain and/or a fresh flower, or simply taking in the beauty of nature in itself- God’s own canvas given freely to those who seek him. If we could just wake up and give God our best and manage the day with as much faith and love that God has equipped in our hearts, he will give us the strength to finish the race of the day whatever that entails. He has put inside each of us enough strength to challenge the day without being bogged down by worry. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-27

If you find yourself worrying about the day before it starts, tomorrow, the week, or even the month as you rise each morning. Seek God first thing and he will give you the strength to tackle the stresses of the day. This will allow you to enjoy the blessings in front of you and your strength will be sufficient for the challenges of the day. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34.
God bless you on your journey to trusting God daily and learning that he provides you with just what you need to finish each day and the challenges that come with it.

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