Besides never leaving the house, I need to try to calm my fears.
Reference: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 NIV
Explore: We have recently welcomed a newborn baby into our family. After thinking we would not be able to conceive for over a decade we now have a three month old son.
Even in the first couple of months of his life he has brought us so much joy. We love him and are enjoying this season of life with him.
I have found, however, that I have become quite anxious about certain things. I find myself worrying that I will die before he grows up or that he will get hurt when we’re driving in the car.
I’m nervous about him getting sick when we’re out of the house or that he will get bullied once he goes to school.
While all of these things may come to pass, there’s very little I can do about it now. Besides wrapping my son up and never leaving the house, I need to try to calm my fears.
When I find myself getting worried with all the horrible thoughts of bad things that can happen, I have to force myself to stop. I remind myself that I follow an all powerful God and that I need to place my fears at His feet.
Application: God does not desire for us to live in fear. He knows fear paralyses us from being who He created us to be.
In Psalm 55 we are reminded to cast our cares on the Lord. I find it helpful to visualise actually putting something before God.
I list my fears and say “I give them to you, God.”
While they may pop up again down the track, I find this handing over calms me instantly. Our God is so gracious that He replaces our fear and concern with peace and comfort.
Don’t get tied up with the worries that plague you, but hand your concerns over to God.
Prayer: Lord, we all carry worries around with us. We call them by name now and hand them over to You. (List the things that worry you) Amen.
What are the thoughts that are paralysing you from moving forward?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.