Monday, February 20, 2012

Overwhelming Worry

It happened again.  A new study came out about bacon and sausage causing pancreatic cancer.  Just one more thing to worry about.  I'm not sure if this study will stick, but just in case, since we have pancreatic cancer in our family tree, we'll scale down our bacon and sausage intake to just special occasions.
Worry, worry, worry.  It gets so overwhelming sometimes thinking about all the bad things out there in this world that can hurt us. I begin to feel that life is scary and I worry about that!
Every time I pick up a newspaper or magazine, or watch TV, there is something to worry about.  Coffee is bad, there is a deadly virus on the horizon, ticks live in the yard all year, Lyme disease is running rampant, a child was abducted, the car has safety issues, Norovirus is in the area, a cruise ship sank, a candle caused a house fire, immunizations cause autism, e coli is in the meat, salmonella on the vegetables, is that mole cancerous, well, need I say more?
But I am determined not to let worry overtake my life and my family's.  I am doing my best to focus on the best in life.  As St. Paul says, "whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things" Phillippians 4:8.
God doesn't want me to focus on the dangers and perils of life.  He wants me to focus on the graces and blessings of this life, and to realize that this will all pass when we are with him in heaven.
So, these days, when I begin to worry (which is often) I say the little prayer, "Jesus, I trust in you" and know that whatever comes my way, He will be there by my side helping me to deal with it.
May God bless you all today!


  1. Wow, you can only control so much in your life, why worry about the ones you can't control? That's what I try to do. Work with what u can control. It's a lot less stressful.

  2. It makes you crazy, doesn't it? All of the things there are to worry about. Sometimes I feel like we can't do anything without it being harmful somehow.

    Hope you are well!

  3. That's one of my favorite verses. I have always been a worrier, but I'm trying with all my heart to let that go and only think about the good things in my life and be thankful. I pray about my worries, but I try not to let them overtake me. It's hard, but I'm getting there!

    1. Worrying seems to run in our family so we try to help each other by praying, or encouraging one another over the rough spots. Sometimes it seems the mountain is very high, but we can't give up! There is always hope in Jesus!

  4. Amen! God is good, he has worked through a lot of fears and worry in my life. I can truly say I trust him for the outcome! Visiting from Moms Mustard Seeds :0)

  5. Ah, God is so need in worrying...whether bacon is good or moderation and withHim in control...all will be well! Thank you for joining Mustard Seed Planting today!

  6. That's a great verse! I turn to it often when I am struggling with worry, fear, or anxiety. When I'm focusing on all the good mentioned in that verse, it's hard to hang on to the yucky stuff!


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