Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Word on Wednesday...

wor·ry [wur-ee, wuhr-ee]
verb, -ried, -ry·ing, noun, plural -ries.

–verb (used without object)
1. to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.

–verb (used with object)
2. to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.

3. a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
4. a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
5. act of worrying.

Philippians 4:6-7- "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

2 Timothy 1:7- "For God has not given us the spirit of fear (worry); but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

1 Peter 5:6-7- "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

Philippians 4:8- "Finally, brothers, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things."

Are you a worrier?

Some people do exercises, such as Yoga, to relieve stress and worry. Some people use things like worry beads, squishy balls, rubber bands, and other objects to relieve stress and worry. Some people vent to friends and family to relieve stress and worry. Some people pray to relieve stress and worry. Do I think that all of those other tactics are all bad? No, not necessarily. But, I do firmly believe that praying is the absolute best way to relieve stress and worry.

There is a difference between worry and concern. Does God expect us to pray, and then do nothing else? No, there are true concerns that we need to pray about, and then follow God's guidance and take care of them.

There is an interesting set of statistics which indicate that there is nothing we can do about 70 percent of our worries:

What We Worry About:
40% are things that will never happen.
30% are about the past- which can't be changed.
12% are about criticism by others, mostly untrue.
10% are about health, which gets worse with stress.
8% are about real problems that can be solved. **

Sometimes the distinction between worry and concern can be confusing. In the book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, JoAnna Weaver breaks down the difference:

-Involves a legitimate threat
-Is specific (one thing)
-Addresses the problem
-Solves the problem
-Looks to God for answer

-Is often unfounded
-Is generalized
-Obsesses about the problem
-Creates more problem
-Looks to self or others for answers

God never promises us an easy, carefree life. But, He does promise that if we come to Him, He will give us "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding." I have had many "concerns" lately: When and where will Zack get a job, will I find two more students to fill the positions in my preschool, how will we pay next month's mortgage, etc, etc??? My prayer and desire is that I will not worry and obsess about these things, but "cast all of my anxiety on Him" and think of "lovely,admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy" things. Let's remember that the tongue is a powerful tool. It is important to speak the Truth, to speak positive, and to continue to give God praise and glory through good times and bad!

Father, thank you for your wonderful promises! Thank you that I can lean on you, trust in you, and come to you with all my concerns- big and little. You are such a loving, caring, comforting, understanding God. I give you glory and praise for not making my life easy and carefree, but giving me trials and burdens, so I can become closer to you! You are so awesome and I love you so much! Amen.

**"An Average Persons Anxiety Is Focused on..." quoted in John Underhill and Jack Lewis, comp., Bible Study Foundation Illustration Database, Bible Study Foundation Web site (


Cassie said... said...

When did you get so smart? I love the % part. They are all so true.

Faith said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Just what I needed to hear today =)
I'm thankful that the Lord laid this on your heart and that you shared it with us!

Mandee said...

I needed that more today than words can say. Once I get moved, I probably ought to read that book again. I've always wanted to do that as a bible study with a group of ladies. Maybe in our new town, I'll find a some women that will want to do it too. Thanks for listen to the Spirit and sharing with us! You're such a blessing.

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Leigh said...

My maternal side of the family are notorious worriers, my brother inherited that. I on the other hand, take after my dad....I generally do not worry. God is the captain of the ship. He is the naviagatitor, knows the direction of my sails. It is in his hands. And I couldn't feel more blessed and at ease in knnowing that. No matter what happens. It is HIS plan.

And really, the power of prayer is unlike any other.

Great post. I am sending it to my mom!

"J" said...

I needed this post! Thank you! You really hit home with me!!!!

I have been such a worry wart and obsess about EVERYTHING!!! Money, the house, our jobs, the move, the a point I'm driving myself and Mr. "S" crazy!!!

Thank you so much for this post!!!! I needed it!!!!


It's me Suzette! said...

Girl, you nailed it on the bullseye! This is my absolute biggest struggle in life! I worry so much I literally make myself sick! About a week ago I read a fellow bloggers page and she mentioned how worrying is a sin! I never have looked at it that way! I have always known God has said not to worry, but didn't even think about it the way that we are dissapointing God by borrowing trouble and worrying! I believe this is right up there with gossip! This is such a great post! I am going to cover walls in my house with canvases with verses from God's word regarding worry! You did such a great job breaking this down! You have encouraged me! Thanks Amy! I'm so glad you're back in the blogging world! Missed your Word on Wednesday!!!! :)

Mandy said...

I am such a worrier!! This is such a great post! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this and point all of that out!!

Jessica said...

We serve a wonderful creator! : )

Campbell Crusade said...

Great W.O.W., Amy.. You wrote it so plain and clear.. It's a struggle for many people, so thank you for the reminder and scripture (God's words) to back it up!
I've been behind on reading your blog.. Fun pictures of your sister's 30th birthday! Looks like you all had a blast! Also, the Sweet Pea picts of Zayde were precious.. Beautiful Family!

amyanne said...

This is a fabulous post! I wonder if you might be interested in joining the blog tour for Joanna Weaver's Having a Mary Spirit later this fall.

I am her assistant.

Let me know and I'll give you a more info.