A sweet little somebody crawled in bed with me the past two nights. She’s been coughing and running a fever. Seems like someone gets better and another one gets sick or injured. Some days I feel like I’m on the edge of impossible again.

But I’ve had lots of time to think about and pray for you (while snuggling with my girl), knowing you are facing your own kind of “hard.”

I wish we could sit in a coffee shop and talk about things that are weighing you down or worries that have been making you weary.

If we were together sipping lattes or tea, I’d tell you about the year I let my problems pile up and how all that pressure almost took me down.

I’d want you to know the lessons I learned because they changed me – and rearranged me.

My challenges didn’t necessarily get smaller, but the weight of the world got lighter because I learned how to let God carry it for me. And I want that for you, too.

Since we can’t meet in a coffee shop, I thought I’d sit and share my heart with you this week for chapter 9. In it I’ll give you three steps to stop your concerns from consuming you and can use to help you remember to actively trust God more with worries that make you feel weary.

When life gets overwhelming, do you ever wonder if God notices everything you have going on?

I also wondered if God noticed and cared about all I was doing for Him, and others.

One day I noticed that Martha wondered the same thing:

Luke 10:40: “She came to him and asked, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!

Jesus responded: “Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

So, how do we choose what is better? How do we let go of our worries and take hold of confident peace that assures us God notices and God cares?

1 Peter 5:7 tells us: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Philippians 4:6-7 shows us how: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience Gods peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

  • Stop worrying -- by pressing the pause button on our consuming concerns.
  • Start praying -- by talking to God instead of ourselves. Ask God if there’s anything we need to cut back so we can seek Him as much as we serve Him, and others. Finally lets
  • Keep thanking God – let’s pause and thank Him for what He’s done in the past and will do in the future. This helps us remember how good He is at being God.

If you get to the end of your day and there are still concerns that are consuming you, here is one more thing you can do: Write your concerns on an index card and physically give them to Jesus. {I have a tabletop cross by my bedside where I lay my concerns card. Maybe you could get one, too.} Then, when you start worrying, go back and write more on your card and commit once again to cast your cares upon the Lord.

Closing Thoughts: You know, life is STILL going to get overwhelming, and worries will sometimes make us wonder if God notices and cares. But let's remember to stop worrying, start praying and keep thanking God for how much he cares and that we can cast our cares upon Him.

_________________________________________


I pray this message really encouraged and helped you! If what I shared in it resonated with your heart, and you want more, I have written so much more on the topic of worry and how much it weighs us down in Chapter 9 of my A Confident Heart. You can download a FREE chapter or find out more about the book and how to purchase a copy here.

"A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God's Promises" Book