I’m a worrier. That’s me. I worry about things I can’t change. Decisions I have to make. Choices that effect the ones I love. I also tend to pray harder, because I don’t want to worry anymore. Part of growth for me, was learning the ability to “cast worry aside”. The ability to choose to believe in the faith of my heart. Truth is that phrase “I’ll hold you down” exemplifies what God has done for me, and for my family, so to cast worry aside should come fairly easy.
Cast Worry Aside
But some times I forget. Some times, instead of casting it aside, I get swept up and carried away in the moment. Then I find myself wondering how I ended up in such a muddled mess in the first place. But there is something to be said about practice, and faith, and overcoming obstacles. I believe that worrying about something is an obstacle standing in your way of clarity and resolution. When we spend our precious time wasting away in doubt and questioning, we’re allowing chaos to grow and fester, and that is most certainly counterproductive.
My daughter Justice challenged me this week to jot down my worries. Then, she asked that I physically throw them away. Collectively taking those worries of mine and then “casting them aside”. The release of those worries that otherwise would have oppressed my heart and mind. That challenge is worth accepting.
I’m a very pensive person who overthinks as much as I worry. With each worry, I’m feeding my overflowing worry jar. So this activity is definitely necessary to moving on. I don’t think it’s something I can finish in one hour, let alone one day, it’s a practice I’ll have to participate in regularly. I feel like the word “worry” in itself has some negative connotations. So we’re going to take these worries and turn them into prayers. By turning my worries into prayers, I’m not just brushing them under the rug or throwing them away, I’m releasing them and giving them up to God. Now that’s faith, that’s empowerment, and that is growth!
Affirmation: Today and each day forward, I accept that worrying is a counterproductive practice to my faith. I CHOOSE to cast my worry aside in prayer and relinquish it’s hold on my mind and in my heart.
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