Archive | June, 2015

Obsessive Worry

16 Jun

I have been making a concerted effort of late to regularly review scripture verses learned over the years – something my dad had me start as a teenager – but which I’d fallen out of the habit of keeping fresh in my memory. Some of the verses have come back easily, others have left the recesses of my mind and are returning ever so slowly. But it’s been special to have God bring many to mind just when I need them. It happened again today.

WorryI have been experiencing several days of worry over a myriad of topics, why I don’t know, but it’s been bothersome, distracting, and wrong! Last night and this morning I was literally obsessing over the fact that I couldn’t find the charger for my cell phone. Perish the thought that I would not be able to send and receive text messages, check email, look at Facebook, play a game, Google search, ad nauseam! It even affected my sleep, for crying out loud!

As I was getting ready, I began telling the Lord that I was concerned by my obsessive worry. I knew I was being distracted and asked for His help. A verse came to mind that encouraged me to rely on one of God’s resources – His peace.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)

I confessed my anxiety, made my requests known to Him – my missing charger being one of them, and thanked Him for His peace.

When I finished getting ready, I had a few minutes before my husband and I were to leave, so I used the time to review a few verses. BAM-BAM-BAM! God hit me with three more verses to convict me and encourage me.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11 KJV)

This I declare, that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I am trusting Him. For he rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with His wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark anymore, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning. (Psalm 91:2-6 TLB)

[S]he does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For [s]he is settled in [her]his mind that Jehovah will take care of [her]him. That is why [s]he is not afraid but can calmly face [her]his foes. (Psalm 112:7-8 TLB)

Even my morning Bible reading started out with “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1 NKJV)

It was quite obvious God wanted to deal with my obsessive worry. God used His Word as only He can – “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV).

I was so overcome. I read the verses to my husband through tears and said, “I’m such a sinner in need of a Savior!” I’m so grateful He is my Savior.

P.S. I also found the phone charger a few minutes later!

Wherewithal shall a young man (or a not so young woman in my case) cleanse [her]his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee. (Psalm 119:9,11 KJV)

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