how to put worry in the unemployment line

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As I was walking through the inner doors of church this morning,

I found myself silently rehearsing the week to come.

It can’t be overlooked that I was walking into the  sanctuary.

I wasn’t attempting to walk through a busy grocery store, I was

on my way to find my seat to seek and find sanctuary.

How often I refuse to  pay attention to my current location by considering

my future locale.

The week ahead is full of items I know and the strong possibility

it will soon overflow with a few unknowns.

It’s easy for me to advise others to live in the present but I don’t always heed

my own words.

Several months ago, Courtney was worrying about graduate school.

I was quick to remind her that at this moment, God had called her to be a college sophomore and

not a grad student.

It helped her to deflate the balloon of anxiety and concern.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now,

and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.

God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Matthew 6: 34 (The Message)

Is worry occupying your mind and days?
Perhaps your dreams are plagued by thoughts causing you to toss and turn?

Based on Matthew 6:34 here are some ways to put worry out of work.

  • Keep your vision on today.
    What is God doing in your life right this minute?
    Be all about the here and the now.
    Put your hands on what you can touch and not what is out of reach.
    Concentrate on what is before your eyes and don’t allow your glance to
    extend beyond today.
    Don’t miss what God is doing and wants to show you by looking ahead.
  • Don’t rehearse calamity.
    Most worry is framed with the worst case scenario in mind.
    Often it takes more energy to worry about what might happen rather than
    walking through the reality of hard work..
  • Practice the 3 W’s.
    God will help you.
    God will help you with whatever hard things come up.
    God will help you with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
    God will do whatever when needed.

 

Remember God is not only fully invested in our days,

He sees what is before us in our week.

Keep your eyes and mind locked on the surroundings of each

day and know God will be with you despite any

sudden changes in the climate of the week.

Let’s lay-off  worry.

Look at the birds,

free and unfettered,

not tied down to a job description,

careless in the care of God.

And you count far more to him than birds.

Matthew 6: 25 (The Message)

Ah, careless in the care of God.

What would our days reflect if we 

truly believed in the dimensions of his care?

I think the days would be renamed God’s, not ours.

It’s possible, let’s pursue it.

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2 thoughts on “how to put worry in the unemployment line

  1. kim zywicki says:

    Helen, i have loved the last two posts. Todays especially.careless in God’s care what a great reminder as i embark on a new week of busyness, potiental crises, problem solving.
    Your message building on what God is sayingto me now
    Luv you bunches kimz

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  2. Hi Kim,
    Gosh, the nature of your work is all about putting out fires.
    I will be praying for you as you walk through this week and
    that you feel especially careless in God’s care!
    Hugs and love back to you!

    Helen

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