Posted by: karenparmer | February 2, 2009

Things that go bump in the night

What is it about one or two a.m. that conjures up all kinds of worrisome thoughts?  I love the book  Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.  My two favorite characters in the book are Thing One and Thing Two.  I have dubbed my nighttime fears Worry One and Worry Two.  Because if I am done worrying about Worry One, there is always Worry Two!!!  But oh the Bible is so clear.  The words of Jesus, the MAN himself said these words in Matthew:

6:25 ….”do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  “

then in 34: ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Oh how I want to claim victory over worry and senseless stress but I am not there yet.  I read something in my Beth Moore homework the other day that jumped out of the pages at me.

Beth (I call her that because we are BFF) said something about waving good-bye to her daughter and grandson as they were leaving her house.  Then Satan, in all his glory, put the thought in her head, “What if something happens to them on the way home.”  OH MY GOODNESS!!  I have that fleeting thought everytime one of my loved ones leave my home.  Is that SATAN stealing my joy or what????  Here’s my scenario:

I call Dan, Matt, Katie, ________ (just fill in the blank with any of my loved ones).  As they are talking to me, the call is dropped.  If I cannot reach them in a few minutes, I think, “something has happened.”  Then when the phone rings with the joyous sound of their voice on the other end, I breathe deeply and say “Thank you God, I am done with worrying.”  Then I pick up the newpaper and read the headlines, “Gazillions out of work.”  Okay I am off to a new “worry.”

WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT?  It’s about ME trying to play God in everyone’s life?

Is it because I am a woman and is this something only we women deal with?  Or is it because I don’t have enough faith?  My prayer today is to “let GO and Let GOD!!!”  All I know is every minute I spend stressing about something I have ZERO control over is one minute of happiness I have wasted.  Today I choose JOY!!!

Happy Monday to my dear friends!




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