I continuously repeat this to myself because I am a chronic worrier. You can probably count on both hands and feet how many times I've referred to this verse in previous blog posts.
Journaling is therapy for me. It not only helps me to cope and deal with the issues at hand, but it allows me to get a better understanding of what I am really dealing with; good or bad. So recently I was going through my devotional journal. It's a book that I decided to use when I am doing my daily devotional or written prayers to God.
Sitting here reading through past entries, I found a list of my "worries" that I gave over to God. This was written before February.
The purpose of this was to let go. To write down all, or at least some, of the current issues that wouldn't leave my mind and that I knew I just couldn't handle it on my own. As I sit here and look at this list of 10 things, 5 out of 10 things have been worked out by God. That's only half and there's a way to go, but it helps me to trust more. With time, I stopped worrying so much about the problems and focused on reminding myself that it was under control.
I encourage you to start a prayer/worry list. Write down all of the things that leave you stumbling. Yes, times will be difficult. It will feel like you are starving to be fed with God's grace. That doesn't mean to give up. It doesn't mean it's the end and you are not blessed. Instead, it pushes you to trust God and believe in Him.
Set aside all of your anxious thoughts and worries. We have a purpose. The more we worry, our vision becomes blurry. Give yourself clarity.
Write it down. Leave it to the side. Believe and go on your way. Once you place these worries on the table, your only option is to wait it out. But as you wait, allow your mind to wander elsewhere on something positive, happy and productive.
No one can rob your joy!
Always be joyful and never stop praying!