Thursday, April 02, 2009

Worry

Worry is a strange thing. I was telling my dad that my daughter was needing another brain MRI (many of which she has had over the last 6 years) and he said "aren't you worried?" Truthfully I am not. I new many years ago when I raised her to depend on Jesus, and when she grew up to have a heart for God, and when I knew she was in the palm of his hand, that I no longer had to worry about her. It was just like when my mom was sick with MDS and she told me she had a vision of Jesus, I knew right away she was His. No I didn't want her to die, but I was not worried because I believed that Jesus came to her to give her the gift of not having to worry so that she could pass it along to us. Knowing she passed away into my saviors arms was enough for me. Knowing that Vanessa has a heart for her savior and knows him is enough for me. Along time ago I gave Vanessa to my savior and I have not a moments fear that he has kept His promise and she is His. I trust that whatever happens to her that she is His, I keep the versus below close by. Yes I read them and yes I trust them completely. No I do not let the evil one cause me to doubt. He can't have me and he can't have her for we belong to someone else.

Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest. (Luke 12:25-26)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27: 1, 3)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. (Psalm 61:1-4)

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2)

Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid. (Psalm 112: 1a, 7-8a)

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26: 3-4)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:1b-3a)

Your father knows what you need before you ask him. So do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today's trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:8b, 31-34)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:6-8)

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, 'I will never leave you or forsake you.' So we can say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?' (Hebrews 13: 5-6)

2 comments:

elizabeth embracing life said...

That is an amazing verse breakdown you have. I had to jot away. I am with you on the worry thing. I know God is ultimately in charge. My kids are His and I am His and for that reason alone, the fear and worry do not have place in my home.

Great post!!! Praying for your daughter too.

Deborah said...

I have claimed so many of those verses over the years. Worry has always been an issue with me, keeping me awake at night, sick to my stomach. Finally I gave it to God and slept with peace.

I'll never forget when the true turn around came for me..when my husband had been kicked by a mule and his leg was broke. My dad was totally freaking out and asking me why I wasn't. I simply looked at my husband and said, his chest is still going up and down...everything will be okay. God is in control.

Thanks for sharing with me about your journey into menopause. It does help to realize you aren't on that journey alone.