Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Anxious Thoughts

I’ve been known to worry now and then. I don’t feel like I let it consume me (although my wife might say otherwise) but there are certainly times when I am more anxiously concerned than others.

I worry about what people think of me, whether I am making the right choice for my family’s future, about parenting decisions and how it affects my children, and whether I’m doing a good job in my calling. We also have three daughters who will all be in college in the next three years, vehicles to replace, and other financial thoughts for our future. Then there’s the (not so) distant idea of weddings and the next challenges of parenting adults. In retrospect, perhaps I do worry a touch more than I originally thought.

Some days it can be easy to get caught up in anxiety and all it entails. I certainly can’t solve all of those concerns right now. Perhaps I can calm my mind by asking a simple question:

Do I trust God to give me what I need for right now?

I can try to plan effectively and be wise with what I choose, but at some point I have to learn to trust God and believe in His provision. I don’t think it means I shouldn’t think about the future, but my trust in Him should help me to stop worrying about it quite so much.


  1. Just what I needed to hear tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. It's a reminder I need more often than I would like to admit. Still working on complete trust in God's provision balanced with diligent work on my part.

    2. I have the same struggle. We moved half way across the country on nothing but faith. We did it because we BOTH felt Gods pull. We jumped in with both feet and even bought a house. But in the quiet moments i find my faith is tested as the list of to do's and what if's come rushing in.

      Thanks for the reminder that God gives us what we need to take on TODAY. When the time comes to address the rest. God will meet us in that time and place with what we will need then.

    3. God does reward our faithfulness, but doesn't always deliver all of that reward at the same time. He continues to provide for us each day with what we need. It always reminds me of the Israelites and how He provided manna for them. They had to learn to trust daily--not always an easy task!