Good morning, Mom!
Worry much? As moms, we are prone to it at times, aren’t we? After all, there is so much to worry about:
—the health and well-being of our children
—current events (for goodness sake)
—education of our children
—relationships with others
The amazing Corrie Ten Boom once said,
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.”
I was reading this morning in the book of Matthew and in Matthew 24:6, Jesus reminds us of what our response to fearful things should be:
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.”
So often, our first response to fear is to panic. And “the basis of panic is cowardice,” says Oswald Chambers. Jesus tells us over and over again the He can be trusted. That He is “with us always.”
I have a friend who speaks at conferences like I do, and this past spring I had the privilege of hearing her talk about fear. She said, “Run to the roar!” I loved that—because that’s what Jesus is essentially saying. He’s saying to us, “look things full in the face—and do not be alarmed.”
Worry is really the “quiet” version of being alarmed, isn’t it? Jesus knew the effects of worrying too: anxiety, physical pain, increased stress—wasted time.
Look what Jesus says in Luke 12:25: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life ?”
Or, in homeschool mom speak: Who of you by worrying can add a single point to your child’s SAT score? Or, who of you by worrying can change the the attitude of your teen or keep your child from suffering?
What message are we sending to our children when we are always worrying about things? We’re sending the message that we don’t trust the Lord.
Remember yesterday when we talked about “abiding” in Christ? Abiding in Christ frees us from fear and worry. Not because of our strength, but because of His. When we keep our eyes on Him, like Peter, we stay on top of—not under—the water. (Matthew 14:29)
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
This tells me I need to give my worries to God—and then go on about my life. If you’re struggling with worry and fear today, take some time to write down your fears and then give them over to the Lord. He can carry them. He’s good like that.
PS: Looking for encouragement? I highly recommend Corrie Ten Boom’s books