Thursday, March 21, 2013

Don't Worry About It...

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"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" ~Matthew 6:34

Worry. Anxiousness. Fretting. Panic. Fear.

We all have those feelings. We all wonder what will happen today, or what will happen tomorrow. Will we get sick and die in the blink of an eye? We can't stop whatever's coming. So we panic.  


We are human. And we listen to the thoughts of fear and doubt that Satan presents to us. It is so very easy to believe the lies of the Devil. He is very crafty and masks his lies with a sliver of truth. 

We must remember that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
By realizing this we can combat the lies with truth. The only way to fight the devil, besides resisting, is to fire Scripture back at him. It's truth and he knows it. 

I would like to share a little testimony of mine centering in on this area. 

As most of you probably know, I am graduating this spring. The question that weighs heavily on a high school senior's mind is, "What am I going to do after I graduate?" 
Every one stresses and frets about this. I had several ideas floating around in my head last year. Maybe I would take the SAT just in case I had the opportunity to go to college to study music. Maybe I would just write novels and teach piano. I really didn't have any sense of direction. I felt like a lost kid in an unknown building looking for someone to point me in the right direction to the exit. 

Most logical thing for me to do was to seek God's will and pray about it. So I spent another year in school preparing to take the SAT and praying for God to show me what I was supposed to do. 
As the time neared for me to take the SAT test I got to talking to my mom about when I would actually take it. She gave me a few reasons why it wasn't really necessary for me to take the SAT test. She thought I should take the GED test. I really didn't care which one I took, I just needed to know which test I was taking. I was prepared for both so it didn't really matter. We decided on the GED for a couple of different reasons. 

What really blew me away was when my mom told me that a couple of families were already asking when I was going to start teaching piano. I had no idea people were asking. 
I've always wanted to teach piano and I've been teaching four of my siblings for a year and a half now. 
Another door opened for a tutoring job. 

As I thought about both of these 'job' opportunities, if you will, I was amazed at how the Lord was working it all out. 
Here I was just moseying through my senior year not really worried about what I would do after I graduated; doesn't mean I didn't think about it often,
I did. And when I did I would panic. But the Lord really dropped it all in my lap. There was no need for me to worry at all. The Lord knew what was going to happen. He knows what is going to happen for the rest of my life. My life is in good hands. 

And the same goes for you. You don't need to worry about what is around the next corner. It's enough that God knows. Whatever is ahead, He will take care of it. Don't let the weight of fear and worry pull you down. Give that burden to God. He is more than capable of handling all of your problems. 

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

He even promises that He will take your burdens and give you rest. Give Him your burden and take His yoke upon you. He says that it is easy and light. 

Give your life to God, and rest easy in His wisdom


  1. Oh wow! I had the same thing happen to me, what with having no idea what I was going to do with my life... until God started "Dropping things in my lap" as you put it. :)

    I'm going through some of this same stuff, so I found this post to encouraging and uplifting. Thanks! Keep it up!

    1. Isn't it amazing how He works all that out? We can live a worry-free life if we just completely trust in Him. It's not easy and our human natures want to take control of everything so...that doesn't exactly happen. :)

      Seems a lot of my friends are.
      You are welcome. Glad I was able to encourage you. :)

    2. It is amazing indeed. :)
      It's not easy at all! I often find myself trying to take control, only to have my plans frustrated (I talked about this on my new blog). Kind of ironic, since one of my favorite hymns is "Simply Trusting."
      Besides trusting God, we also need to remember to align our plans with His.

      Yeah, I think maybe it's just part of getting ready to graduate. I just always assumed most people knew what they wanted to be, but it's encouraging to not be alone.

    3. It's not simply aligning our plans with His; it's making sure our plans ARE His.

      Ha! No...most...people..don't. :P

  2. Thanks, Haley. I needed this today.

    1. Don't you just love how God orchestrates everything? It's simply awesome!

      You are welcome, dearie. *hugs* :)

    2. Had a bad day yesterday...really focusing on Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11. Hoping - trying to trust - that it'll all turn out okay. ;)

      *hugs back*

    3. Awww. I'm sorry dear. Trusting isn't always easy.


  3. Oh, Haley, this is just what I needed at this time! I, too, am graduating this year and have struggled with the same issues. But, you know what? God has it all together. Right now I'm just praying and doing what I think is God's will. I don't feel led to college right now, and some of my family is having trouble taking that in, but funny thing is now my family is going to Africa....and that has given me a great excuse for no college. :)

    1. I had no idea that you were graduating this year. Congratulations! :)

      Mmm. That's hard. See? God took care of it for you! :)

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

  4. Hey Haley! YOUR long lost friend here! ^_^
    I have finally gotten your letter...haha...from IN to MO to IL and back to MO again...LOL long story! But yeah...I am writing my reply...and hope to have it to you sooner than later! I'm praying for you...I know we'll never understand every situation we are allowed to go through in life! But rest in the knowledge that God is always in control of it all! =) LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!
    Your Sister, Leah Mays!

    1. LEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My long lost friend has returned from the invisibility of my life! Ha! Ha! :)

      Wow! CRAZY!

      Thank you dearest for all of your prayers. I have been praying for you as well!

      LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs*

  5. Wow! I cannot believe you allowed yourself to be lured away from the SAT. The GED is not the same thing and it is not as good. Not taking your SAT test *is* seriously limiting your future.

    When people recommend that you limit your education it is important to question their motives. Are they trying to bind you to them? Are they hoping to keep you at home? Are they trying to stop you from finding out about the deficits in your education?

    You have plenty of time to rectify this mistake. I suggest you do so. Please take the SAT.

    1. I did not allow myself to be lured away.
      I agreed, wholeheartedly to take the GED test. It does not bother me in the least.

      And as for it limiting my I honestly need to take the SAT test in order to be a wife and mother? That is my ultimate goal. I feel that this is the direction the Lord is leading me in.

      No, they are not trying to bind me to them. Honestly, I had the decision to make myself. I chose the GED because I know I am not going to college. I do not want to go to college. There is no reason for me to.

      Thank you for your concern though. :)


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