Worriers raise your hand *raising hands*
I have to admit, lately, I have been filled with BIG moments of worry. What exactly am I worrying over?
K will be a sophomore in high school (hello, driving), C starts fifth grade (flashes of my 5th-grade year), Sam has had some health concerns (fatty liver), school is starting for me and I am teaching two (new to me) new courses.
Of course with a new school year comes new schedules, drop off and pick up times, worries over lunches being made (and leaving the house instead of staying in the fridge), worries over kids making friends, typical mom worries…I think.
Then I start to add in my “caregiver worries” and think about the planning, prepping, and scheduling for Sam. Sam has graduate classes this semester. How are we going to work his school schedule in and how are we going to prep for some of the anxiety that comes in with that. Will Memphis be overworked? Will the days be long and tiresome? Can his work schedule adapt to his school schedule?
And I’m amazed that I have time to do anything else after looking at these “worry items” listed here…
So, thanks to a Facebook post (thanks, Jill), I was reminded that there’s someone MUCH bigger than me in control. Someone that I can trust, and someone that will come through for me, even when I feel like I am failing myself, my family, friends, students…you get the idea.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up high with my victorious right hand.”—Isaiah 41:10
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7
Now, I know what some of you might be thinking, “Is she really preaching at us?” “She just threw down scripture!”
You may be really unsure of moments in your life—I know I am. I have let my faith waver, I have let myself worry and consumed myself with fear at times, mainly because I am not always sure how something will work out.
That gets tiresome, friends.
I try to be peaceful. I can let all the worry and stress build up (which is what I am also good at), or I can choose to pick my battles, trust in God, and have faith.
Maybe we can keep each other accountable, readers…maybe we can tackle each day with a positive attitude and “can do” spirit. Let’s try not to waste our time and energy on things like needless worrying, stressful thinking, but grow in our experiences, learn and trust, and be happy.
Life is too dang short.
So, take a hike anxiety. You creep in and try to disrupt my life, my family, and you annoy some of my family members. We are prepping for you…we will work through you and we will be okay.