Are you a Worrier?
By Kimberly Chastain , MS, LMFT
Are you a worrier? I think
it comes with the job description of Mom. Seems like
there is always something you can worry about. As a
child I memorized Philippians 4:6. This is what I memorized,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything pray.”
Recently, I rediscovered this verse and found I had
not done a complete memorization. The verse says, “Do
not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God.” Did you catch the big point
I was missing? “With thanksgiving.” When
you pray to God about your worries are you also thanking
Him for all your blessings? For me it has given me a
whole new way to think about my worries and prayer.
For example, you can start out something like this,
“God, thank you for choosing me as your child,
providing food to eat, my home, my husband, my children,
and all the many blessings You have given me. Because,
You have been faithful in the past and You always keep
Your promises, I know You can handle this worry _________
of mine right now. Lord, I give it to You. Thank You
again for Your faithfulness. When we spend more time
thanking God for all the things He has done for us our
worries seems small in the hands of a really big God.
Recently, we were reading
in Genesis with our children and I found an excellent
example of not trusting God with your worries. We were
reading about Lot and his daughters. If you will remember
after God rescued them from Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s
daughters were worried they would not have children
or a husband. So, they got their father drunk and they
“laid” with him in order to have children.
My children’s first reaction was “gross”.
Hey, I agree. Then, I pointed out something even deeper
about this passage. Lot’s daughters had just witnessed
God rescuing them from total destruction. God chose
their family and no other to live. How powerful and
amazing. How special they were in God’s eyes.
Yet, after witnessing the marvelous and destructive
power of God, who saved them from utter destruction,
they could not trust God to find them husbands. Oh,
how that must have grieved God. The God who saved their
lives certainly can be trusted to find them husbands.
But, no they didn’t trust God and decided to come
up with their own plan. I’m afraid we are guilty
of the same “type” of sin. Not trusting
God to come through for us and we scheme to figure out
a way to make it work.
Dear Reader, whatever
your worry is today you have a God who chose you and
loved you enough to send His only Son to die for you.
Do you not think your God cannot handle and work out
whatever is worrying you? You have an awesome Father
who is just waiting to take all your worries and continue
to show His faithfulness. Give your worries to Him and
leave them there.
© 2005 Kimberly Chastain
About the Author
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She was recently featured in the book the Myth of the
Perfect Mother. She is the author of “Help My
Preteen/Teenager is Driving Me Nuts!!!” To purchase
a copy of this e-book please visit www.kimberlychastain.com/parenting.
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