Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do Not Worry

My wonderful husband and I are getting ready to go on vacation! We are so excited, but one of our daughters is really anxious about it. Unfortunately, she doesn't get this anxiety/fear/worry/whatever you want to call it from a stranger. I emailed her this bible verse image the other day, and she has fully embraced it. We are writing it on a post it and sticking it by her bed, we are sticking it in her locker, and she wants to memorize it. I also told her that this was one of the verses I memorized before I was pregnant with the girls. I was so worried that I would not get pregnant and would not get to be a mom. I repeated this verse daily, as well as Matthew 6:25-34, as a reminder to myself that God has everything under control. I still remind myself that on a regular basis, but some days are a struggle. Some days, it seems easier to worry than pray. Some days, it's easy to let my mind get out of control and think "what if...", but God tells me not to worry and instead to pray. Because God tells me this, I can in turn help my daughter with this and model to her what that looks like in my own life.

Matthew 6:25-34
Do Not Worry
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifee ?
28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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