Thursday, September 15, 2011

wait to worry

I used to worry more.
About all of this . . .

Wait to worry
has now become one of my new personal goals.
I might have a reason to worry but what I am worrying
about may not happen today or even tomorrow or maybe ever.

So . . . I am not going to let worry steal my joy.

There are friends in my life {fellow worriers}
whose thoughts also run to the “worst case scenarios.”

Since I can't take their worry away I will encourage
them {and myself} to “wait to worry”.

The worst kind of worrying I do is about things I have no control over.
Such a waste of time and energy.

I read recently than only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.
Pretty good odds that things will be okay.

We have so many things going on in our lives that are stressful.
Worrying about all of the things that “could” happen takes so much energy.
I want to avoid that extra stress - so now I will “wait to worry”.

Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.

John 14:27
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

Corrie Ten Boom
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.


Beth said...

What a nice post. I am a worrier. And now I'm going to go google Corrie Ten Boom, because it's a name from my past...I'm thinking she was in hiding in Nazi Germany, but I'm having a hard time retrieving that file from my brain at the moment.

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

If you had any idea how much I needed this post on this very day - thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Christine said...

Hmmmmm....wait to worry.
This is good!

Christine said...

I forgot to add, what a fun way to play with names.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Great post.
I tend to be a worrier. The verse in Philippians is my go to verse when I start to get carried away by the cares of the world.

I also like the quote from Corrie Ten Boom. is so true.

enjoyed the read.
Have a worry free day, Pat

Debbie said...

Wonderful post from a fellow worrier. I love the scripture and the quote AND the advice to "wait to worry".

Of course, I'm also a procrastinator. You would think that would come naturally...

killabstingz said...

EUREKA!!! My teenage rants about you worrying too much finally clicked. I'm proud mom.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh such wise words. I am a worrier too. I got it from my mom. You are right though that we have to keep it in check.

Ali said...

I like this concept! I think I will wait to worry now also :)


Diana Ferguson said...

Great post!!

Pondside said...

I have the Corrie Ten Boom quote above my desk at work. I am inclined to worry and have been trying very hard, since my husband became ill, to focus on the positive.

Debbie said...

Wise words from a wise friend. Your quotes,our chats and lots of prayers are making a dent in a lifelong problem.Thanks so much for this post . . and all of our talks too.

Kerri said...

What a great many of us are worriers. LOVE the quote!

Val said...

"wait to worry"...such good advice and sooo difficult to do. I just read (today!)"worry and anxiety are like rocking in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but you don't get anywhere". (Jodi Piccoult) I don't think this blog entry by my friend and this line in a novel, on the same day, are coincidental. This means I really need to breathe, let go and move on!

Just a little something from Judy said...

God knew I needed to visit your blog today and read this well written, inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing your heart today.