Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Worry




"I worry, I wonder all the time why worry? It's killing me. Forget about it."

I am a worrier. I get it honest I do believe. 

It's the worst at night when I am trying to fall asleep, or when I wake up at 3:00am. 

The thing about my worries is that its such dumb stuff I worry about. I can't stop worry about remembering to grab my text book in the morning, or the fact that I need to get gas before I drop off Olivia. See? Dumb.

These aren't life and death things that should be keeping me up at night. But still, I worry. 

Are you a worrier? Can I tell you something that absolutely changed me? Its going to sound so simple, but keeping a notebook next to my bed has made such a difference for my worrying little self. 

When I sit there and can't stop thinking about turning off the gas stove before I leave in the morning, I write it down. When I am wide awake thinking about feeding the cat, I write it down. I get it out of my head and onto paper to deal with when I am awake. 

I bet you thought it was going to be something more spiritual huh? Writing it down is just part of the process, praying that God would give me peace when my mind seems to be racing has made all the difference in the world. 

I worry because I don't compartmentalize well. When you post those grotesque pictures of babies that have been abused on Facebook, I can't sleep at night (seriously, please stop). When I am dealing with things, sometimes I just don't know where to file it away. 

But God didn't create me to worry. He created me to be compassionate, but he desires for me to give all my worries to him. Even if it's just remembering to feed the cat. 

Maybe you have big worries when you lay your head down at night. I am telling you, write it down to think about later, then give it to God and go to sleep! God is so much bigger than your worries, no matter how big or small. 

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7

4 comments:

  1. That is a great idea! I am a "To-Do List" persn but I dont keep one by my bed. I will start today :)

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  2. Great idea! I seem to worry about everything and at times it seems to consume me. I'm going to try this!! Thanks.

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  3. You think you are all alone, till you read that someone is doing the exact same thing...It is the things I can't control at 3 in the a.m that seem to do the most damage. I also have found, that if I ask God to clear my head at 3, then help me to remember at 6...he is faithful. Thanks for your words and thoughts...

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of writing worries down! I also tend to think that I can handle my worries by myself instead of giving them to God...big mistake! Thanks for the reminder that God can handle my worries all I have to do is pray! Thanks!

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