Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”
Think about it. All the cares that are on your shoulders. Now read Matthew 6:34 again.
Of course, we need to prepare for things. My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away. Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us. Routine helps all three of us.
I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what? We did it. I don’t know how. Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.
And choices. Joy is a choice. Peace is a choice. And no excuses… except… just kidding… NO EXCUSES!
One way that I went into these five weeks was with this thought: one day, one moment at a time. I didn’t realize at the time that what I was actually doing was living by Matthew 6:34. Sure, lots of preparation had to happen. If we had a big day the next day, I got everything ready the day before. I certainly had to look a week or two down the road at times and make plans as usual. But I didn’t allow myself to worry… most of the time. I just said, “I’ll think about that when the day comes”. And in the meantime, I just prepared.
So when thoughts came about how me, my 2 year old and my 4 year old were going to get through… I just decided this: we were just gonna. That’s all that there was to it.
I write this while there is still a day and half until my husband’s return from his trip. By the time I post this he will be home and I will take a bit of time away from my blog as we set out to make some wonderful memories as a family.
Although my husband has to be away at times – and it’s hard, like really, really hard – I couldn’t be more thankful for the man of God that I am married to, and that my kids call daddy.
Okay, so everything up to this point I wrote days before his return, and now (a week later) he’s home! We have been taking some much needed family time and sometimes that means not stressing about anything else – wait a second… isn’t NOT STRESSING just what this post was about?
So I found myself with a few minutes to spare and I decided this post needed to get out there.
This verse is still resonating in my spirit. As a mother there is much to worry about. As a Christian I am required not to worry. Why? Because worry is fear. And God has not given me a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7).
Hebrews 11:6 HCSB
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
We all worry. Right?
Do you ever worry?
1 Peter 5:6 HCSB
casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.
It’s easier said than done… but as we choose to cast our cares on Him it becomes more natural. More like second nature. Faith is like a muscle that needs to be exercised, and the more you exercise it the stronger it gets.
Worry isn’t faith. So if you’re worrying and you’re wondering if that’s a good use of your time… it isn’t. It isn’t even healthy for you to dwell on those toxic, fearful, stressful thoughts.
So put your praise music on, and make a choice. A choice to trust the Lord. A choice to pray and know the Father’s heart for your situation. A choice to REJOICE always, not just when things are going super awesome.
That doesn’t mean you won’t face heard times…. it just means when you do you will be relying on – choosing to trust – your Father in Heaven.
Luke 12:7 NKJV
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.