Sunday, April 18, 2010

Week 2 my Heart to Heart Dare: Worrying

This week in my personal life I have chose to work on worrying.

So anyone who knows me knows how I worry. Within the last few years I have learned where you can go in the Bible to relieve this issue and I have realized that worrying is a sin. The proof for me comes from Romans 14:23 listed below.
"But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin."

When I recognized that worrying was a sin I concentrated on the passage below. In fact I have it on my computer at work to help me remind me.
Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version)
"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"

So in short I need not worry because I am a Christian, I know that God knows what I have faced, and what I am facing and will face, I know God cares about what I face in life and also that God has promised to take care of me.

For me it is important to remind myself of this often.

31 comments:

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi again Janet,
That Phil 4 verse is my life verse,
and let me tell you it works!
I was the worst worrier you ever saw, but over the years the Lord has really done a work in me, not that the tendency isn't still there, cause it is, but I catch it a lot quicker and put it to bed quicker by turning it over to God to handle,
and quoting scripture to yourself is a good way to do that too.
In my later years the Lord has been teaching me more about Phil 4:
7 and 8 talking about the things we should be thinking on, and I used to think well it says whatever is true, well this is true but it is not good, but the point is we are to set our minds on what is good, the situation we might be facing is bad, but there is certainly something in our life that is good, even if it is our relationship with the Lord, we are to focus on the good, and I have found the more things I find to praise God for the less I set my mind on the bad things. Does any of that make sense!! Hope so!!
Blessings, Nellie

Lynnette Kraft said...

SURPRISE Janet! We're Getting to know YOU this week!

Enjoy your visits with the "Chums". :) I almost called them "My Chums", but I hate to be possessive. ha!

This is a good blog post. You're right, it's the remembering who God is and what he is capable of that keeps us from worrying, but sometimes it's so hard to get there huh?

I think remembering what God has done for us (and others) in the past, is a great way to encourage our hearts... remembering the great works that he's done.

Blessings to you friend,
Lynnette

"Lolli" said...

stopping by from Lynnette's blog....Phil. 4; 6-7 are my verse, as well. My grandfather used to call me a "hammerhead worry wart!" However, over the years, I am getting better.

Be blessed!

Lolli (aka Lisa)

Linda said...

Hi Janet...I am Lynnette's mom and I saw that she was featuring you today so I thought I would hop on over and meet you. You see, I am a fellow worry wart...I am admitting it and as Lynnette said, that's the first step to overcome it! (:>) I am constantly having to give over my worries to God in prayer and submission. But praise God when I do let go of it...He takes it away!

I don't always think of it as sin...but I know you are right...and the verses you quoted show that it is.

Thanks for the reminder this morning. I am glad that Lynnette featured you.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

The Tolf family said...

Hi Janet, I am a worrier too! So thanks for the reminder it is a constant thing you have to work on that verse is great. I think I will put it on my computer too! I stopped by from Lynnette's.
Blessings, Becky

Hannah said...

Stopping by from Lynnette's blog...I love that verse from Phil 4. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING--that's pretty clear. It's definitely one of those verses that you read and go, "WOAH." I've actually got a post I've partially written on worrying.

Lovely blog--and wonderful post. So often, we worry and fret about what is earthly and what we cannot change instead of leaning on Jesus. Great reminder. :-)

Have a lovely day!
--Hannah

Hannah said...

And I admit...I too am a worrier. But it's one of those things that we have to admit, like you said, and then give it to God...you are so right.

Don't we have a marvelous God? :-)

Kade said...

hey!!

another person from lynnette.

Here's a little song I wrote... "Don't worry; be happy"

uh... i take it back

yeah, just forget that one.

Jenilee said...

I loved your post. Worrying is such an easy thing to get caught up in and it is something that God does not want us to do! Trusting him is so important and thinking about what he wants us to think about helps greatly!

I'm visiting from Lynnette's!

Trennia said...

Visiting from,Lynnette's getting to know you, to say hi.

Coby said...

Hi Janet! I found your blog via Lynette Kraft's!

What a wonderful post - and how convicting: worrying is sin! Yikes! I know I've been struggling with worry and fear a lot. Yesterday I read Psalm 37:25: I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread." I know that by the blood of Jesus I am made righteous, and will not be forsaken! So why should I worry? Great post!

Bekah said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Lynnette's blog.

Okay, that's insane, because I am SUCH a worrier. I worry about EVERYTHING, no joke. Thank you for your beautiful post - and I LOVE that verse. I've memorized Phillipians because of all the incredible verses that it holds...it's one of my favorite Bible books. :)

Hugs,
--Bekah

Karen said...

It is so wonderful to have a Awesome Loving God that we can cast all out cares upon! I do not know what I would do without Him!

I am stopping by from Lynnette's.

Blessings,
Karen

the Spocks said...

Visiting from Lynnette's blog. Worrying is a sin and way too many of us to do. Yet known os us want to talk about it or admit it. A wonderful post.

midRae said...

Hi from over Lynnette's way. I am looking forward to reading upon your journey.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I could use some help in the worry department....Love your blog...
I have not had enough blog time lately...So glad that I stopped by..Be sure and stop by main blog and read about a miracle.
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-think-god-smiled.html

D and A said...

Great post!

Just visiting from Lynette's blog. Enjoyed my stop over.

Amy @ Things and Stuff

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

Hi Janet,

Stopping by from Lynnette's. So wonderful to 'meet' you.

One book that REALLY helped me is 'Calm My Anxious Heart' by Linda Dillow. A GREAT read... I love how she inserts bits & pieces from her life.

Many blessings,
Allison

Josh said...

Hi Janet,
I am visiting from Lynnette's blog!
Although I am very easy going, and am not really a worrier, I appreciate what you have to say about the subject.
Keep your eyes on the Saviour.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5

May God Bless you,
Josh

Holly said...

Here from Lynnette's! It's def not easy to not worry that's for sure! But God can take our worries away. Sometimes we need a reminder He can do that!

Kendra said...

I love that verse about not worrying! We have 3 little boys and they seem to supply an endless list of things that I can worry about! Thank you for the great reminder! (found you from Lynnette's blog)

Coleene VanTilburg said...

Hello Janet, I am visiting from Lynette's post since she featured you today. Thank you for sharing. If we are female...we worry and if we are a parent...we worry even more. There is always something in this busy life that keeps that which we know we need to place at His feet, jumbled and tossed in our heads. Let me share this verse with you:
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
Be at peace, Sister. Coleene

Janet said...

Thank you everyone for the encouraging messages. I will be over to see you all soon.

Blessings
Janet

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

visiting from lynette's blog... such a great post! thank you!!! i also have been choosing not to worry this week and have been meditating on matthew 6:26 - "look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they?"

Jennifer Ross said...

Hi Janet!

I'm coming here from Lynnette's blog. I have a HUGE problem with worrying! I do it constantly. I have really been trying to do the same as you have been, and focusing on those verses that you shared. Worry is sin. I don't want to sin. It's as simple as that. So, when I feel the worry start to overwhelm me, I quickly remind myself that our God is in control, and NOTHING is going to change that! Praise God.

Beautiful post and blog.

Blessings,
Jenny

Rachel said...

Coming over from Lynnette's blog.

I love, love, love Philippians. In fact, Philippians 4 is my book that I cling to. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer I remember talking with a dear friend and reading Philippians 4. God is so good, and so faithful.

I am grateful that I've found your blog. I will be following you.

May God bless you,

Rachel

Sherrie said...

Hi! Stopping by from Lynettes to say congrats on being the featured blogger. I have enjoyed my visit and getting to know you a bit. I'll be stopping by more often!

Lindsay said...

I'm also stopping by from Lynnette's blog. I love yours! Great post... thank you so much for sharing. Definitely something I have to be reminded of often. :)

~ Love & Blessings,
Lindsay <3

Sister Susie said...
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Sister Susie said...

What a wonderful post to remind me what NOT to do! It appears we all have to deal with not allowing Satan to use our worry for his benefit. Jesus shared in Matthew 6:25-34 about worry. He shares not to worry about anything, but: "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be given to you as well." I Peter 5:7 says to "Cast our worries on Him (Jesus) for He cares for us." Thank you, Janet for reminding me that worry is sin. I shall get with my LORD and ask His forgiveness and leadership in this part of my life.
Blessings from our LORD,
Susie

The FitzGerald Family said...

Another one of Lynnette's chums, stopping by...

I think worrying gives us the impression that we're able to do something about a situation that we generally have no control over. It keeps us busy. Instead, I think we're supposed to be praying and thanking God. His ways are so not are ways!

Thanks for your post, and for the reminder to give all our cares to the Lord!

Blessings,
Liz in CA