"I've already prayed."
This is a common statement that my husband makes in response to my worrying. Simple. Trusting. Patient.
I want that type of unswerving faith in the One who can handle all things. But truth be told, I often get very impatient about things that I already know that I am not in control of. I get frustrated and I must honest, more times than I'd like to admit, I am a wallower and a worrier. I want to work on this flaw.
Though we all want to be prepared for life's ups and downs, being anxious won't get us anywhere faster than God has planned for us to be. You and I have the ability to have patient trust in God because we've been given God's steady and dependable love through His Word. When we learn to trust Him, then our worries will subside and we then begin to experience peace in our selves and in our storms, not only in our seasons of comfort.
Here are a few worries I think we, as women, deal with constantly:
I'm worried about the stability of my marriage and our future
I worry about my children: their lives, their influences and their well being
I worry that I don't have friends that I can really trust with my truest self
I'm worried about my career and if I can create success for myself
Im worried if I'll ever meet my personal goals
God is already in the process of dealing with the things that overwhelm us because He is aware of all matters of our hearts and is tenderly acquainted with our thoughts (and concerns) before we even think them (Psalm 139:2). He is in control and when we rely on this and believe this, then we can begin the process of experiencing peace with situations that cause us worry.
Patience and peace compliment each other. Worrying comes about when we find ourselves in a situation that we can't do anything about . So if we choose to trust God, instead of ourselves, He can work out that situation far better than you or I ever could.
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7
Adulting is hard. Life isn't predictable and our best efforts sometimes blow up in our faces. That's though. That's life. But in those moments, as well as in all the joys and even in the in between times, we have the presence of Jesus which ushers in peace and His peace helps produce our patience!
In my life, I'm trying to put into place that God is who He says He is. And He says that He will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5), that He will give His angels charge over me (Ps. 91:11), that He has good plans for me (Joshua 29:11) and that He loves me (John 3:16).
Honestly, I usually remember these truths after my wallowing and worrying session. #ohwell! But I want to be more intentional about reminding myself to remember, in the moment, all the beautiful truths that God gives us through His scriptures. The moments when I am able to settle down and think on His Word, my faith is encouraged and my worries decrease.
I have to remind myself that the Lord doesn't lie and He isn't in need of my efforts. He isn't in the business of helping those who help themselves, because we can't help ourselves. That's why He desires to step up, so that we can relax in His love and in His ability to create abundance in our lives. Once we begin to rest in trusting Him that is when we begin to practice patience and experience peace that guards our hearts and souls.
As we approach Monday and the weekend melts away, let's take on an attitude of trust and faith in our Heavenly Father. Let's not allow ourselves to worry over things we cannot change. This doesn't mean we live irresponsibly. If you are in debt, be sure to still pay your bills on time. If you are in a rocky place with your husband, be sure to still show him love and respect and pray that forgiveness be ushered into both of your hearts. This, in truth, is trusting God because we behave as He instructs us in His Word: to be forgiving, have integrity and shine our lights. Faith without works is dead, so it's a two way street with an emphasis on pleasing and trusting the Lord over taking matters into our own hands.
So the next time you begin to worry, ask yourself, "Am I believing God or am I trusting in myself? Do I believe He is true to His word and that He will take care of all things in my life?" That's being intentional about trusting Him and waiting on Him to move. When we are intentionally remembering scripture and God's promises, we set up a platform of faith.
Worry Less. Trust More. Be Patient. Have Peace.