A Triumphant Tuesday to you!
Worry, ugh the word itself makes me nauseous. I’m asking that if worry is rearing its ugly head in your life, counteract it with a good dose of prayer-intentional prayer! As I’ve said to you before when I write I’m coming from a place of truth and life experiences. I’m a recovering worrier…in fact I’ve relapsed recently and have been worrying about several things over the past few days. Worry is not a comforting place to be. It eats away at your peace, grinds at your conscious, fosters resentment and anger along with a host of others emotions which sometimes manifest physically. No matter how big or small the worry is the truth of the matter is that it is insignificant to what God has in store for you.
After sharing my insignificant worries; I had a spiritual gut check which forced me to face the dependency I had on earthly things which couldn’t change my circumstances. Worry is something that has fought fiercely to have a strong attachment to me since childhood. I worried about everything which resulted in my attempts to control everything. Whenever I see worry on the horizon I usually counteract with prayer. However, lately I was consumed with distractions and disturbances that took my eyes and heart off of God. You see, when I’m fully armed with the word of God and in constant relationship with Him worry is trumped with love, peace, wisdom and discernment. I can feel every word in action within my life which helps me to give these words in action and deed to others: LOVE, PEACE, WISDOM, DISCERNMENT. As a result of me being out of spiritual flow, I worried. I prayed too but I prayed watered down prayers. You know what I’m talking about…”Oh Lord, please if you don’t let x, y, z happen I promise to do x, y, z. I’m sorry to say but these are watered down prayers. Bargaining and bartering with God is not going to get us far. I missed being in that spiritual connectedness with Him. Why, because I’ve seen the love that pours out in overflow when I am. “O’ to taste how sweet it is.” I made the choice to do the work and plug back into my power source!
Life is about choices…you can choose to wallow in worry or speak life into your situation. Sometimes things won’t work out the way you’d hope. What I will tell you and where my hope lies is in the power of intentional prayer. Prayer works!
Two ways I’ve noticed we choose to focus on worry are below. I’ve included lifestyle alternatives to counteract the worry.
1.You feel the need to share with others all that is eating away at you. God tells us to find peace and comfort within Him. Oftentimes when we share our worries with others we just want him/her to confirm our doubt; even subconsciously or consciously wanting them to join in a pity party with us. This can be a deadly trap! Find an accountability partner who will stop you in your tracks and pray with you. Yes, pray with you. There is nothing like having a friend pray with you instead of telling you to go and pray about it. That friend/accountability partner doesn’t have to worry about having the right words to say. Their role is as simple as asking God to cover you with peace, understanding and wisdom. Remember everything isn’t for everyone. Meaning all things shouldn’t be shared as your sharing can have adverse results. Rely on your relationship with Christ to take care of your situation.
2.You pray about the worry but still give it life by thinking and speaking about it. This is a clear need to control the situation. I know, I’ve been there lol. Words are powerful. You have heard me say it before..”What you speak about, you bring about.” Stop watering those things which are dead or need to be uprooted. Choose instead to speak positive affirmations. Water and feed what is good in your life. Weed out those worries of people, places and things that are cancerous attachments to your life.
Choose your affirmation word to focus on today. I’m blessing you to have a Triumphant Tuesday! Receive it. Huge hugs! Oh, and me…I annihilated the worry by plugging back into my power source 😉