“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
When my children were babies, I worried about them dying in their sleep.
When they were toddlers, I worried about them getting really sick or having a serious accident.
When they were in elementary school, I worried about my complete inadequacy as a mom and feeling like I did not know how to raise up my kids to be Christians.
When they were in high school, I worried about them turning away from God or not following Him. (We all hear the stories about Christian kids turning away from God. )
Worry, worry, worry.
What does it accomplish?
Sleepless nights and worry- filled days.
What if we really did what God said to do?
“But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” Hebrews 10:38
How can we live by faith? There is so much to worry about, so much to fear.
But God says that we are to live by faith and trust Him.
He says He will help us and never leave us. He says we are not alone. He says that we are to trust Him and to pray. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
He also says not to worry about tomorrow. I love the story that Corrie Ten Boom tells about How God gives you grace one day at a time. When someone asked her how she could possibly have endured what she went through in the German concentration camps during World War 2 she said that she had the grace of God to help her.
She told the story of when she was a little girl, she would travel on the trains with her dad quite frequently. He understood that she did not need her train ticket until right before she stepped onto the train. He gave her the ticket just at the time she needed it.
Gods grace is like that train ticket. We don’t get it until right when we need it. So, when we worry about tomorrow and all the things that could go wrong, we don’t have God’s grace to help us because we are not there yet.
How would we live our lives differently if we really believed God and His word?
God has given us everything we need- His power in us, His word, He hears our prayers, and He gives us His grace one day at a time. He knows that we want to be good Moms. He knows that we want our kids to follow Him and love Him all the days of their lives. God knows we have financial, marital, or health issues.
Jesus loves us and cares about what troubles us. He wants us to stay close and pray and trust Him.
I used to have what was called a Worry Box. I would write down what I was worried about and put it in the box and give it to God. Every once in a while, I would look back over all of the things that I had written and was always amazed at what I worried about. I feel the same when I look over my journals and prayers to God that I have written over the years. I wish I would just trust God more and walk with Him, day by day, moment by moment.
As I am approaching 50, I find myself wanting to live by faith more and to encourage my family to do the same. It is my prayer that I can live my next 35 years of my life walking with God, trusting Him more, and worrying less.
How about you? How can you start today to trust God more, pray and walk by faith? God is with you. He will help you, today and always!
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!