Calling All Worry Warts!

     Have you seen the commercial about the cute little pup worrying about his bone? Frantically, He searches for the perfect place to keep his most prized possession: the clothes basket, beneath a rug, buried in the backyard. He even tucks it away in a safety deposit box. Still obsessed with worry, he races back to the bank to retrieve his bone. All the while, Ray La Montagne’s song Trouble plays in the background.

  

“Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born. Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry, worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone.” 

    Suddenly, the scene changes and we see a carefree, happy puppy playing in the yard. He’s no longer worried. Why? Because his cherished bone rests safely in his bowl with the red Travelers Insurance umbrella hovering above.

The Christmas season is upon us. Are you stressed yet? Perhaps you’re anxious about getting everything done. Or you’re worried as to how you’re going to pay for Christmas.  As the New Year approaches, you may catch yourself worrying about what’s in store for your family’s future. Or you may think like my mother who was a consummate worry wart. She used to say, “You have to worry about your children.” It was her job, I suppose.  

In the song, the right woman is the solution. In the story, an insurance company is the answer to the dog’s worries. What’s your solution? Don’t you wish you had a trusty umbrella to protect you from worrying? 

Perhaps you’ve resigned to the idea that you’re a hopeless worry-wart. Take heart! There’s help on the way. It’s as near as a prayer and your closest convenience center. No, not a place to dump the trash your family accumulates. What we all need is a convenient center to get rid of our unwanted and worthless worries.

By the way, did you know worry is a sin?  God’s Word commands us not to be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6) To disobey God’s command is sin. Why? Because it denotes a lack of faith and it robs us of our peace.

The good news is we know what to do about our sin. We don’t have to beat ourselves up, make an appointment with a psychiatrist or do twenty acts of penance. We simply and sincerely agree with God concerning our sin, thank Him for his forgiveness and move ahead in the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. (I John 1:9)  

Would you like to experience the peace of God over your worries? I would. Could it be our convenient center is right where we are and the time to take out our trash is now.

To replace worry with peace of mind and heart involves getting right with God through

  • A right relationship – to receive Jesus as the Prince of Peace and then to accept the peace He provides through the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Saying “yes” to God and “no” to sin.
  • The right mindset – to move from “I worry” to “God promises . . . .” from “I can’t” to “He is able.”
  • A right response to His Word – by faith to be cautiously carefree in light of God’s promises concerning His Sovereignty, His faithfulness and His love.

My husband always says, “Christians don’t have problems. We have opportunities to trust God.” Trust God to do what? To work even our difficulties together for our good. (Romans 8:28) Therefore, every time we’re tempted to worry, we can pray instead and thank God ahead of time that He will  meet our every need. He is faithful!

“The mark of a Christian is not how he is doing, but how he’s doing when he’s not doing well. (Dr. John Hanna)  In this life, we will have trouble. That’s a given. But to worry is optional. (John 16:33) The mark of the Christian life is not being relieved of trouble. The mark of true faith is our willingness to be released from worry and fear in the midst of trouble.

This Christmas, let’s remember Jesus’ birth was a declaration of God’s peace. His life was the personification of peace. His death was the price He paid so we could experience peace with God. And the legacy of the resurrected Christ is a promise of His peace in the here and now. (John 14:27)

Guess what, fellow worry warts! We do have a trusty umbrella to protect us from worry. It’s God’s banner of love over us. (Song of Songs 2:4)

A Christmas message for worry warts one and all:

 (It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, third verse) “And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow, Look now! for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing: O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.”  

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. Glory to the new-born King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Gloryto “Joy to the world!”

And joy to you and me!

Note: Please pray for my husband, Jay. He’s having shoulder surgery tomorrow (Tuesday).  He told the doctor he doesn’t do pain. So you know how to pray for him and for me, as well. 🙂 Thanks!

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13 Responses to “Calling All Worry Warts!”
  1. Susan says:

    One of my favorite “worry” verses is 2 Tim 1:7 – God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but gave us His Holy Spirit, Who gives us power and love and a strong, sound mind. I pair that verse with Romans 8:28 whenever I start to worry!

    Praying for Jay, and for YOU!
    Hugs from VA 🙂

  2. Mary Beth Welsh says:

    I will be praying for Dad and his surgery and especially for you!!!! I love you.

  3. Darrell Grant says:

    Thanks for the reminder Liz. I got my early Christmas present last Tuesday. PETSCAN shows no cancer. Almost two years now with now cancer. Stage IV with 3% chance of survival to clear and now scans every six months. Our God is able to transform all of our worries into His blessings. I hope that we all see the gift of His suffering as an appropriate gift for us all to embrace and bring Him glory this Christmas season! Also praying for all to go well! Love, the Grants

    • You’re welcome, friend. You are a shining example of true faith. We’re so happy for you. We’d love to hear about the trip to Africa. It surely would be great if our Siberian team could meet somewhere for a reunion. It’s long over-due!

      Liz (and Jay)

  4. Shirley Irwin says:

    Praying for a smooth recovery for Jay. Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Frank and Shirley

  5. Nancy Darrow says:

    Loved your words of encouragement and reminders of our Lords’ words. Couldn’t have come at a better time. Merry Christmas. Keep those words coming!!!

    • Thanks for the encouragement, my friend. I’m so glad we reconnected and that you’re on board with my blog. If you want to subscribe, you will see the box to do that on the right side of my homepage. Otherwise, I’ll keep sending you an email every time a post. I do that for a lot of people.

      Love you, Liz

  6. Millie says:

    Perfect timing for a good reminder, Mom!! Praying for y’all tomorrow! Will call and check in! Love y’all!

  7. Nora B. says:

    Liz, Just read this for the second time–pretty wonderful –and am reminded to ask how Jay’s shoulder is. Praying for y’all. Love, Nora

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