Dear Younger Kim (#2), Don’t be anxious

me-with-nick-and-emily-2000This series is in response to the question:

So if you met yourself when your kids were as young as mine (4 and 1), what would you tell her?

If you haven’t read Part One in this series, click here.

So, here comes my second nugget for myself:

Dear Kim,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

As you trust the Lord with all your heart, the next step is going to be doing battle against fear and anxiety.  This must begin by taking captive those fearful, anxious thoughts that run through your mind.  Those angry thoughts about what the future holds if you don’t “get this child under control,” were not given to you by your good, loving Father.  Those thoughts come from the pit of hell.

When those ideas first come into your mind, you are going to need to choose to pray.  Remember, Worry NONE, Pray ALWAYS.  You are going to have to choose to cast all of your anxieties onto God, trusting that He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7).  Throw those fears onto Him.  Cast them off your back and out of your mind, and give them over to God, who knows  is sovereign over all things.  Make your requests known to Him with a thankful heart filled with trust.

Remember, Kim, all His works are right and all His ways are just and those who walk in pride, He is able to humble (Daniel 4:37).  When you start to worry, you are taking on burdens that you were never meant to carry.  Your fears are rooted in pride, thinking too highly of yourself, and not highly enough of our all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God.  Don’t forget that He loves you and will supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  Believe that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

I look at this picture of you in the pumpkin patch with the big smile on your face and I think of all the worries that are hidden behind there.  The search for the perfect pumpkins and the perfect pictures, and what people think of your screaming toddler, and I just want to encourage you.  One day you will look back at all those wasted moments that could have been filled with joy and laughter and think, “What was I worrying about?”

Worry NONE.  Pray ALWAYS.

TWIG

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