If you follow me, you know I love posting about decorating, fun shopping adventures, amazing treasure hunts, and more. I love all those and truly do enjoy sharing helpful tips in making our homes more beautiful to us. However, if you know this blog author a bit more personally, you know one of the greatest heartbeats I have is sharing truths and helpful tips in creating a “more beautiful YOU!”
I took the above picture a few mornings ago for the purpose of sharing the new look my diy pallet tray so charmingly portrayed. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the incredible truth found in the background. Little did I realize how much I was going to need to see and take to heart this simple, yet profound truth scribbled onto the front of a small decorative pillow. Ha! Our husbands say our pillow fettish has no purpose! Not today, friends! This little pillow proclaimed a blessed truth that this girl desperately needed to hear.
Maybe it’s just me? I’m fairly certain it is not, but I’ll leave you to think about it a bit… go ahead and keep thinking you have it all together. Me, on the other hand, definitely doesn’t have it all together. I have never really struggled with worry in my 37 years of living. I tend to be called independent, fearless, and a go-getter. But, lately, I’ve noticed mini worry attacks from thinking incorrectly and believing the lies that so quickly get planted in my thoughts. Then, my worrying heart begins to water these lies and they soon become “truths” rooted in my thinking.
Perhaps this NEVER happens to you, but I find myself never feeling like I turn off my brain. I mean, I’m a mommy of 5 little humans, all of which have their own strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. Not to mention, one of them has enough of all those things to keep this momma on her knees. Aside from that, juggling homeschooling, housework, projects, and full-time ministry life can bring exhaustion! But, you know what, friends? I discovered this week that I’ve allowed the craziness and the thought processes to turn to worry instead of TRUST!
I walked away from a heart-wrenching counseling session with one I dearly love; sick with worry… worry I couldn’t change the outcome…worry I was too late…worry I didn’t give the right verses…worry I would be hated for being brutally honest…worry that I had made it worse…worry that I am not the best option as an encourager…worry that I did not measure up to expectations. All of this came spilling from my heart as a result of seeing that silly little black and white pillow. Then, I rehearsed in my mind those thoughts of worry, and bit by bit, I began to change my thinking process based on so many tremendous principles I find in the road map of life…God’s Word.
I could NOT change any outcome… only God could knows the outcome, and He controls it. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and the future.”
I could NOT believe that I was too late…God’s timing is perfect! What a reminder that waiting can be hard, but His ways and timing is best. Psalm 40:31 reminds me that “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”
I could NOT believe I did not give adequate helps. He gave me the road map and what a privilege to walk through several paths giving blessed truth and hope that only His Word can give! None of His Word will return void!
I could NOT worry or believe that my loving honesty would result in hatred. Perhaps it could, but I desire to “Bear one another’s burdens” and “speak the truth in love.”
I could NOT worry that I am not worthy. No need to worry about this one, because I am definitely NOT worthy! But, I have the hope and joy that despite my weaknesses, He desires to use me in the paths and plans He has for me. (Rom. 8:39; Eph. 2:10; Deut. 22:12; John 16:33)
How have you walked through the valleys this past week? Do find yourself worrying? Do you question? Do you think negatively and end in the depths of despair? Or, do you instead, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Pray More…Worry Less
Sometimes it’s just a simple truth that needs to be planted, weeded, and watered to take deep root in your heart. I pray we all take to heart the need for no more worry and so much more prayer and trusting in a very powerful, loving God.