Saturday, March 05, 2016

Anxious About Nothing

Painting: " Wanderer Above the Sea and Fog,"  in the year 1818
By: Caspar David Friedrich, Germany

There is an old saying, that the Month of March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.  I once  thought the reason the winds and rains in the northern hemisphere were so fierce in March, was due to winter's howling protest at being replaced by Spring. Although winter pitches a screeching fit, it limps away as the daffodils and hyacinths appear.

As I was resting and listening to the noise of the weather, I thought how like worry it is. No matter how bad we imagine things can get, the imagined problems often do not materialize.

The scriptures use the word "careful", meaning "full of care, anxious, worried" for both a warning and and an encouragement.

This one says not to worry about anything, and it is followed by a benefit: peace.

Philippians  4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This one says to have a care, pay attention, to doing good to others:

Titus 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These are profitable unto men.

I find both scriptures require a lot of pondering!  They are good for the homemaker who can get distracted  and become "careful and troubled about many things." (Luke 10:41-42)

Much can be written about this, but I want to state it simply: there are things not profitable to worry about or be full of care about, and there are things that we should care about. 

To be worried about everything will rob your ability to rest and be at peace, because worry is like an addiction. Once you allow it to take over your mind, it produces more worry, which uses up the ability to relax. 

Worry is a peculiar addiction because it is not something you get any solace or pleasure from. It has to be controlled mentally by prayer and supplication.

The more you worry, the harder it is to quit. It will not leave until it has broken you down and you cannot entertain it any longer. You will not get anything positive accomplished for yourself, and when you are ready to quit the worry, it will not be ready to quit you! That may be why God addresses it so strictly in these verses.

Substitute the maintenance  of good works, stated in Titus 3:8 . It will diminish worry. Replace a worrisome thought with a positive thought. Get into that habit and refuse to allow worry to control your life.

Women are very good about worrying about everything, and trying to save the world. All the time spent on the worry could be put to much better use.  

Just as I was thinking about this subject, someone sent me a perfect saying on this poster. It is a good description of what is not profitable to have-a-care about, and what is worth caring about that actually brings good results.

Worrying about the condition of the whole wide world will not help us get our homes in order or maintain good works in our families and churches. The home is an ideal place to create the world we want. Worrying about things we have no power over will not get our dishes washed, our laundry done or our meals prepared.  News reports can be so upsetting as to affect our health. If we are sick with worry, we are no good to anyone at home. Pay attention to the things you can do at home, and the world will be a better place, plus, you will be doing the Lord's will.


Mrs. Christopher Daniels said...

Very good word Ms.Lydia!! I especially have been getting a nervous anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach and keep asking the Lord to have mercy and questioning myself why am I so worried? Well this word is a good reminder of what we are to do instead of sitting in a stew. I like the sayings you are using about the month of March and about saving the world. God bless you. ~Tierra

Anonymous said...

Such good advice brings rest to my thoughts and to my heart...

ladypinktulip said...

Such true words...excellent post. Thank you! I have more joy when I
focus on my own little haven of rest in my home. I believe the home
ought to be our respite from the world and it's troubles and it is important
to keep the bad news out. Kelly T.

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Lydia, I truly agree with this post, we really accomplish nothing by worrying. The world is in a terrible way, but we are responsible for our hearts and our homes! It does seem that if you will not worry and just rest and keep busy. The days go so much smoother and you can create a corner of peace and joy in your day and the lives of our family.
Warmly, Roxy

Christine said...

I like the sentence, "The home is an ideal place to create the world we want."
I have been working hard to achieve a home that is at peace and full of love, for those who enter our door.
Thank you for all your advice and teachings.

Lydia said...

I like your post of today....not to be anxious....I know someone's mother ( now deceased) who was always worried about everything....the adult child of that mother only remembers that about her state of mind.....not a good legacy to leave, is it.


anonymous said...

Yes, worrying accomplishes nothing but anxiety and stress.

I know a few people who will actually invent something to worry about. They seem to thrive on worry.

We cannot please the Lord if we don't trust his word when he tells us not to worry and he cares for us. He also tells us to stay connected to him through reading his word and if we have concerns to present them to him through prayer and supplications with thanksgiving.
Sometimes we can get into a habit of worry. Habits can be changed. I found it is a good thing to search the bible for as many scriptures on trusting the Lord and his care for us as I can. Then when the enemy puts doubt in your mind, throw one of those scriptures at him. That will make him flee from you. If it worked for Jesus in the desert, it will work for you.

The bible also says, blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.
Thank you Lydia for reminding us of God's love, care and provision for us.


Jenny said...

This is a wonderful post, Lady Lydia. Janet's advice has worked for me in the past when something just keeps bothering me. I usually say a short prayer rather than scripture, but with enough practice, it changes the "voice loop" in the head and soon the worry is gone replaced with peace.

Andrea R said...

Absolutely fantastic reminder. Children certainly can and will pick up on a mother who is distracted by a heart filled with worry. It is a form of pride, as we let ourselves worry as if we can actually change the outcome of so many things..God is in control, and as long as we are surrendered to Him, we truly have nothing to worry over!

God Bless you, Lydia!

Rebecca said...

I loved this. I needed to hear this. I am grateful for your mentorship of women like myself who are in search of wise Titus 2 counsel.


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