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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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Confessions of a Clean Housekeeper Wannabe

9 Jan

I am a clean housekeeper wanna be! Sometimes I hear things about how to clean house, but I don’t understand them. I fail to put what I’ve heard with the practical application of doing it, which does me no good. Other times I’m so excited about the latest cleaning product or method of cleaning, that I go out and purchase the item. But when I run into a problem with it or it doesn’t give me the ease I thought I was going to have, I give up. Occasionally, I’ll start cleaning, but the lure of activities, people and other pleasures draws me away, and the task stays undone. But every once in a blue moon, I can get my house really clean, and the benefit to me, to my family, and to those who come into my home is great.

Perhaps you can relate. Having a clean house and a hearing heart can be very similar. Sometimes we hear, but we don’t connect the dots with what we’ve heard to applying it. Satan is able to pluck that right out of our hearts – especially in the heart of the one who does not know Christ as Lord and Savior.

We can respond enthusiastically to the truths we hear in a sermon, determined to go home and apply, but the moment we hit the door of the reality of our lives, we can give up. The Amplified Bible says that we are “caused to stumble, repelled and begin to distrust and desert Him Whom we ought to trust and obey.”

Then, of course, there is the constant pull of pleasure, delight, glamour, and the distraction of worry that can suffocate and strangle the Word in our hearts. Nothing comes from our experience with the Word, because we give into that distraction.

But if we will allow God’s Spirit to help us do the daily work of connecting between hearing and applying, and keep at it, the harvest in our personal lives, for our family, neighbors, church, community, our world, will be as The Message says “beyond our wildest dreams!”

Based on Matthew 13:18-23

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