Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh, Anxiety!

I am in the habit of being anxious lately. I'm anxious about getting organized because if we organized our time better, I wouldn't be anxious about getting ready for church on time, not having Troy's shirts ironed, not having time to clip coupons before I go grocery shopping, not having time to exercise....anxious about the yard looking terrible after the rain...anxious about making the family's dental appointments...anxious about eating more fruits and veggies...feeding Jackson more fruits and veggies...anxious about getting Madelyn on a nap schedule...or wondering if there is such a thing for her...anxious about....

Well. You get the picture, right? I would say that lately anxiety has ruled most of my life. A million thoughts are going through my mind at any given moment and there seems to be no stopping them. Quick prayers, sometimes outloud in somewhat of a desperate plea for help, are said, but I still am anxious. Then, while catching up on my Bible reading this morning---and I must admit, I felt some anxiety about that too--- I came across this passage. Even though I have read it several times before, the simple advice resounds so fresh and new to me in this moment. I will leave you with the passage because it says everything...

Matthew 6:25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Amen.

2 comments:

Melissa said...

I'm so thankful you put that up. Such a God send. I too have been venting to Brad about all of those things. Even up to this morning I was stressing about Caden not sleeping through the night, possibly not getting all his nutrients and blah blah blah lol. Your blog and the definitely the verse put things into perspective for me. I've learned that I'm not super mom and cannot do it all but that's okay I need to be relying on Christ and trust that He is controlling everything :) I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one with these struggles or concerns. You're an amazing sister in the Lord and I feel blessed to know you and your family. I hope you have a great week :)

p.s. If Jackson is like Caden.... Picky with veggies, I have a cool recipe that got Caden to eat cooked carrots. And I have some other fun veggie recipes if you like. Just let me know :)

Peggy said...

I can so relate. The endless tasks and limited time. Yet God's agenda is much less and yet so much more. Wish I could settle in his agenda.Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.Seeking him needs to be our agenda. I will pray you can settle into his arms. You are such a good mommy and wife.