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 (NLT)
I worry a LOT.
I talk about this often, but I’m serious. I really do worry internally about so much stuff.
God knows this though, and I feel like He doesn’t beat me up about it. I think He’s just been patiently waiting on me to finally get to this “a-ha” moment.
Well, God, I get it.
I have this scripture on a notecard in my car. I ride around with this scripture every single day. And sometimes, before I get out of my car and head into work or head into whatever day I may fear will be ahead of me, I take out the notecard and read it to myself. “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.”
That scripture has such a simple instruction, but it is so hard to do, right?
I don’t know what kind of worries you have and they may very well be way more serious than mine.
Maybe you’re waiting on the healing of a loved one.
Maybe you’re facing a difficult diagnosis.
You may be waiting on a call from a job you really really want.
You may be just tired of life and are on your last leg.
Only God knows what you’re going through and only He knows how He’ll see you through it. But worrying ain’t the answer. Like scripture says, “ Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27).
I promise I’m not trying to diminish what you’re going through. I’m just saying our plan of action GOT to be different. I don’t know if the person reading this is a believer or not, but if you are a believer, we have got to stop just reading these scriptures and saying to ourselves that they sound good, but God can’t possibly expect us to obey them. We got to stop thinking these scriptures don’t apply to us. If you are an unbeliever, open up a Bible and get excited about getting introduced to God–your God and mine. He’s waiting on You to talk to Him.
I recently found out someone I served with passed away.
I had been reaching out to her via text here and there and then finally found out that she’d passed. I don’t know the specifics of what happened, but it broke my heart. In the short time I’d known her, we bounded over similar struggles and she encouraged me in ways she probably never realized. I randomly think about her and cry. It hurts. I worry about how I could have been a more present friend to her. I worry about what happened to her. I worry, worry, worry. But in my tears, in my worries, I’ve started just talking to God. I tell Him how I’m hurting. I tell Him how I’m feeling. I talk to Him about what’s on my heart. And that’s truly all prayer is, isn’t it??? Us talking to the One who can actually do anything about any problem we have. He is the only One we can run to with ANY issue and He never leaves us empty. If He won’t give you the answer right away, He’ll either give you peace, point you to His Word, send people to either encourage or affirm what you had just prayed about…God has sooooo many ways to respond to us that it’s crazy. I’m learning to stop putting Him in a box, to stop trying to guess how He’ll reach me and just let Him do Him.
I don’t know how long I’ll be hurt over what happened with my friend, but I’ll trust God with my tears and with my heartbreak. And to be honest, life will continue to throw stuff at you and I that will cause us to be sad or worried. But how about we give God those worries? How about we give God that sadness? Let’s just commit to telling Him exactly what’s hurting our hearts. Tell Him exactly what you’re struggling with. Tell Him when you’re sad. Tell Him when You’re mad. Tell Him when you get disappointed in Him or feel that He let you down. Tell Him. Tell Him. It doesn’t even matter if you’re saying the same thing over and over. Shoot, I’ve been praying about some things for over 6 years now, but I’m gonna keep talking to Him about it until I no longer feel the need to.
Let’s let God be God. I promise you, He can handle it.
Dear God–I love You. You see every single tear. You hear every single prayer of mine whether it be early in the morning, at the end of the day, or randomly in my car. You tell me to pray about everything and this used to overwhelm me a little. But as I get closer to You, I find it easier to just talk things out with You. What’s incredible is that every promise You ever make comes to pass because when I do pray, when I do thank You, I have this peace that’s insane. I have the peace that exceeds my understanding and I’m just amazed. I’m amazed that Your Word is true. I’m amazed that YOU are true. I’m amazed at just You. Daddy, whoever is reading this, bless them. Give them peace. Give them strength. Give them exactly what they need because only You know what that is. May they know You, love You and trust You. May they trust Your Word. Help us to not worry, but to trust the One who can carry those worries for us. We love You, God. I love You, now, and forever.
Your Daughter, Key♥️
Falling in love with this song. Listen and be blessed.