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Thursday, May 24, 2012

don't worry, be {thankful}

One of the biggest ways the devil tries to trip me up in life is by getting me to worry.  If you read my ramblings here much at all you probably know that.

The biggest thing I have to worry about most of the time is money.  How can we make more?  Can we start setting money aside for a new car?  How can I afford to get my husband something for our anniversary next week?  And on and on.

I KNOW several things:
1) God always provides.
2) God knows what I need.
3) God will not let us be destitute.
4) In comparison to millions of people, we have a lot.
5) We have never gone hungry, never gone without electricity, never been without a home, clothes, or anything important.
6) God specifically says in his Word, "Do not worry" (Matthew 6:25).

I know all that.  I know how blessed we are.  But sometimes it's really hard to not worry...after all, I'm a sinful person.

The other night I was worrying, again, about money (as usual).  We were already in bed, and I started freaking out a little.  My wonderful (amazing, wise, loving, caring, sweet) husband reassured me in so many ways.  He reminded me how God has always provided in the past.  He came up with ideas of ways to stretch the money we do have (we're still taking a little anniversary getaway!!!).  He sang me a little song, the lyrics of which are Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future."  I know those words were told to the Israelites, but I know they apply to me as well.

It meant so much to me that my husband did this, especially because when I worry (particularly when it's out loud), it hurts him, too--it communicates that I don't trust God or my husband to take care of me.  Worrying is my way of trying to be in control...but as a child of God and a wife I am not supposed to be in control!  I am supposed to submit to and trust both God and my husband to care for me.

That doesn't mean I sit back and don't do anything to help.  Just this week I worked a seven-hour workday between my cleaning and my library jobs.  I keep busy at home.  I do my best to save us money.  And God blessed us this week with lots of food from our dear friends who are moving away.

So I guess what I'm saying in all this rambling is...I'm working on it.  The whole not-worrying-just-trusting thing.  And being thankful.  Because that's what it comes down to: when I'm thankful, I'm not worrying; I'm remembering all that God has done for me.  And it is so much!

{things I'm thankful for this week}

-rain.  finally.  for all the farmers around here who need it so much.
-an amazing, although whirlwind, weekend with my family for my brother's graduation.
-a surprise visit from my best high school friend while we were at my parents'!!  it was AWESOME!!
-waking up to a clean house every day.  finally getting the hang of this thing.
-a newly stocked fridge, freezer and pantry from our friends' fridge, freezer and pantry!
-amazing friends.  Ruth and Joseph.  Love them so much...going to miss them so much (but they'll be back!)
-coffee and doughnuts today, with hubby and then R&J before they left
-quiet mornings at home
-forty followers!  amazing! thanks all!!
-300+ posts...can't believe how far I've come with this blogging thing
-my incredible, hardworking, sweet, sexy, loving husband
-God's constant love, forgiveness and grace


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6 comments:

  1. Praying you have a wonderful worry-free weekend! I'm a worrier by nature too, and I am learning (no where near where I should be) that when I start to worry, I need to pray, pray for specific things...for specific people, even if I don't know them personally, because the beauty of it is, God knows you...so when I cry out...

    "God, touch Jaimie, help her to feel YOU, help her to see Your continued hand on her life so she can know where her help comes from, and can glorify YOU, as she has done today."

    He knows EXACTLY what you need, and how to show you His love for you.

    Have a great weekend!!!

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  2. I too have to work on this .After all the things that God has done for me, I still find myself worrying sometimes. I been stressing about how we going to pay for our honeymoon? God is so good , we were able to have our dream wedding and I finally just ask myself when has god not came through for us? and then answered my own question , God has always came through for us without. Thank you for bringing this to light, it is something that I really need to work on.
    “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

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  3. Hello there I found you through the Fontenot Four link up. SO happy I did too, because you have a great space here being a light that shines. I can relate totally to what you are saying because worrying has always been a issue for me. That's why Phil 4:6 is a life verse for me. Happy to be your newest member.

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  4. Thank you all SO much for your encouraging words--and Ernestine, thank you for praying for me! That means so much. :) It's good to know that we're all experiencing similar things--the Body of Christ is such a wonderful thing. Noel, thank you for following!!

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  5. Jamie, this is fantastic.

    I thank you for sharing your heart with us :)

    300 posts..yay..congrats! I just got to that too!! Coffee and donuts...yumm! Bostons Creme is my fav!

    Thank you for linking up to First Day of My Life's Thankful Thursday - hope to see you next week, too! ox

    Keep having a blessed week!

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  6. I can relate in so many ways. Worrying is a weakness for me as well but I'm working on it :) thank you for linking up!

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