Thursday, November 17, 2011

A blessing from God

I don't know if you have noticed, but there is a fancy new ticker on the right side of this page counting down to the most recent blessing from God. We are having a baby! I am so excited to pregnant again! This will be my fourth pregnancy, we only have one child living, so if you remember or ever think about me and my family throughout your day we could use your prayers for peace, a healthy full term baby, and a healthy safe delivery.

Also if you could pray for God to give us wisdom about whether or not to move out of state to get work, and if it is the Lords will that He would open doors for us to go and have a temporary place to stay.

Thank you for your prayers, and I hope to keep posting if morning sickness will permit!

Warm Regard,
Ashley

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Correcting Fear and Worry

This morning I woke up with a thought that I heard sometime before:
'How much of our lives are wasted worrying about stuff that doesn't even matter'.
I began thinking about that statement and examining my thoughts. I thought about life and all the cares I face daily as a human being. I thought about all my past worries and how now they all seem so silly because God was in control the whole time. I started to look at how I ought to think, you know, what is the stuff that does matter?

I got really rebuked because all my past thoughts and worries (even the ones from yesterday) were so earthly minded. I mean they were only focused on the here and the now. Checking my thoughts by that statement and remembering that I am a daughter of God and my home here on earth is only temporary, I came to a conclusion that what really matters and deserves my time, thoughts, and energy is to seek God and His Righteousness and apply that to every area of my life. To live in such a way so as to encourage my husband and child(ren) to do the same.

Now that I had that reminder starring me in the face, I realized I need to let go of my worries and hand my problems over to God. Not to worry about what God would do, but to just forget them and rest in His Grace and Mercy and enjoy His Goodness. Sometimes it is hard to just stop worrying and give our lives over to the one who is directing our paths anyways.

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."
-Proverbs 16:9

We say Lord you have my life do as you please... just please don't change anything unless it is going to be really great! I am guilty of this for sure! I have never said those exact words, but I show it in my attitude and actions towards God when things don't go as planned. I think as Christians, the reason why it is so hard for us to give our plans over to God without worry is because we don't like change because it can be brought about by painful trials. However, lets examine that fear by what we know the bible says about tribulations (or trials):

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." -Romans 5:3-6

Although it may be hard to lay down our fears and worries it is definitely worth the fruit it produces in our lives. When we let God have control without grumbling and worrying about all the changes and trials we are going through and just trust Him, we will enjoy Him more and a load of stress will fall off of our plate!

We are going through a stormy road right now, and it was refreshing to examine my worries through a more biblical perspective. My life lately has been so consumed with worry, but I didn't even realize it. I guess I just called it obsessive planning for the future in my brain, and took out the bad word- worry. I know that worry is a sin. Fact. Proof:

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." -Matthew 6:34

When God tells you not to worry and you do, you are disobeying Him and disobedience is a sin. Worrying doesn't change our circumstances anyways it just stresses us out and can actually make us ill. God is caring for us by telling us not to worry. He wants to love us and take care of us and for us to trust Him when he says so!

"“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"" -Matthew 6:25-27

In a desire to trust God and follow His word because I love Him, I am going to cry out to God for Mercy and ask that He strengthen me and forgive me for my sins- especially the sin of worry. I also want to ask that when the temptation arises to worry that I would trust Him and He would help me to be victorious over my sin. The road ahead is going to be hard (it already is hard), but I am going to pray and seek His face as a weapon to battle worry.



Warm Regards,
Ashley