The problem with worrying

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

It’s hard not to worry when life is right up there in your face.  As your situation worsens progressively you can even lose hope of it getting any better.

I worried about losing my job – and I lost it.  I worried about losing my marriage – and I lost it.  I worried about losing a loved one – and I lost them.  Worrying (and I did a lot of it) didn’t help me to keep my job, my marriage or my mother.  I worried so much it was like a hobby for me.  I became a whining friend, a harried parent and a stressed out daughter; definitely not pleasant to be around.  The problem with worrying however is that it solves nothing and is usually a colossal waste of time.

I’ve gotten much better now, although some days I find myself slipping back under my worry blanket (that happens a lot because I’m a parent I suppose) and anxiously wondering what the future holds as I try to balance my home and career, spend quality time with family and stay on top of expenses.

And that is why I related to this blog post today, simply entitled “Worry” by Michelle.  As you read her short note, you’ll have to admit she certainly has a lot going on BUT she also has her faith … and that’s what’s going to keep her going until she comes out on the other side.

In the meantime, I’m going to say a prayer for their little family: that God will bless them and provide for them not only now but way into the future.  Can you do the same? Especially because it’s Christmas 😉

Yellow love


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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

8 thoughts on “The problem with worrying”

  1. I’m like you, Gale. I worry too much, mostly about problems that never happen. But a little worry is a good thing, I think, and certainly preferable to people who never worry about anything. Stress is at one extreme, and neglect at the other. The trick is to find that balanced place. I’m still working on it.

    Merry Christmas!


  2. Reblogged this on Living Life Day by Day … and commented:

    It’s hard not to worry most days but this can become more of an issue at Christmas when there’s so much going on – Christmas trees to be decorated, goodies to be baked, family and friends to be visited, not to mention trying to get people a few things off of their wish lists.
    Christmas can indeed be a very harrowing and nerve racking time for many of us but these days there are quite a few people without jobs, loved ones, material possessions, even hope. As I said around this same time last year, worrying solves nothing. It does not add a single hour or day on to our lives but tends to take away from us.
    This season I invite you to worry less and live more. Just a suggestion 🙂


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