Galations 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galations 2:20-21

Monday, February 9, 2009

Anxious Times...

The friends and family that are close to me know that I am a very anxious person. There is no good reason for it. I have a great life. We have a beautiful home in a cute little town. My husband has a good job that has made it a possible for me to have to work little and be able to uphold the things we value in life (me being here when he gets home from work and having a nice meal to talk over our days with, me being able to keep up with things around the house so we don't have to spend our evenings or weekends doing them, spending quality time together, and the list goes on). We have been blessed to have no financial problems thus far and even have a little to give away & save each month despite these terrible economic times. We have wonderful loving families that both live close to us. There is nothing to complain about.

For some reason I just have the tendency to worry about the future. I worry about the possibility of my husband losing his job and wondering what would happen if our savings ran out. I worry about these tough economic times and when it's going to catch up to us. About the leadership of the country and the lack of faith in their solutions to our problems and the fear that what they are doing is actually going make this all worse. About the kind of place our children and grandchildren will have to grow up in. Worries about the direction our church is moving in...the list goes on.

Funny how I have such a great life and find so many things to worry about! Thankfully I have a loving God that cares so much for me. I was reading a passage in Matthew today. Something I hold to when the flood of anxiety rushes over me.

25"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?27"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?28"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.30"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!31"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'32"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt. 6:25-34

These are words for everyone to hold to in these dark and uncertain times....may the Lord bless you and keep you...

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