Don’t Worry.

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Though Lent began nearly two weeks ago, it wasn’t until a few days ago that I finally determined what I would “do” for Lent.  And this year, I’m doing something new, so I thought I’d share it with you.  While it’s easy to let go of sweets, or other daily indulgences, as a girl who’s beginning to think about working off her pregnancy weight, I didn’t think my mindset would be in the right place.

So after thinking and praying about it, I have decided to give up worrying.

In my Bible study, we’re reading a book called Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate.  I have to say, if you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy kind of book, this is not for you.  But if you’re looking for a book to open your eyes to parts of your life where you’ve become complacent and sins that have crept into your life that you’re blissfully unaware of, then this is for you.

A few weeks ago, we read a chapter on anxiety and worrying where the author explains that at its core, anxiety is sin because it shows a distrust of God and a lack of acceptance of God’s provision in our lives.  Plain and simple.

See what I mean about the lack of warm and fuzzies?!

I have to say, his insights on worrying really stuck with me.  It’s so easy for me to talk about being anxious and a worrier and write it off as just part of who I am.  But when I cling to those labels, I’m essentially telling God that I don’t trust Him enough to take care of me.

So during Lent, when those fears and anxieties give way (and let me tell you, they have grown exponentially now that I’m responsible for another human life) I’m choosing to put my worrying aside and trust God.

What’s been helpful for me is instead of worrying, trying to meditate on some of the fabulous verses that talk about not worrying and trusting God.  God’s Word is rich with Truth and such a gift to us.  Here are a few of my favorites:

You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for YOU are his personal concern.
1 Peter 5:7 (PHILLIPS)
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.
Psalm 138:8 (NKJV)
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7 (NIV)