Give Your Worries to Jesus

Replace your doubts and negative thoughts with the calming peace of Jesus.

By Susanna Foth Aughtmon, Redwood City, California

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Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6–7  (The Daily Life Bible)

The other night I could not go to sleep. I tossed and turned. I flipped my pillow over seventeen times.

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I was thinking about all the things that needed to be done in the morning. When I finally drifted off, it seemed like it was mere minutes later that it was time to get up and face the day. I was exhausted and cranky. Even coffee couldn’t help.

The children gave me a wide berth. They seemed to know by the wild look in my eyes that this was not a good morning to push any of Mom’s buttons. Anxiety tends to lend itself to… more anxiety and some worry with a large side of irritability. It makes sense that the Scriptures say, “Do not be anxious for anything.”

Anxiety flies in the face of what Jesus came to earth to do. He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. It is hard to live an abundant life when you are constantly worried.

Instead we get the choice of offering our worries to the One Who can do something about them. And in return He will give us an incomprehensible peace and will protect our hearts and minds, which will actually keep us from being anxious. It seems like a good deal to me. I think I’ll take Him up on it.

Faith step: On a piece of paper, write down three things that are making you anxious. Offer them up to Jesus in prayer and thank Him in advance for His peace and the protection of your thoughts. Toss the piece of paper in the trash, reminding yourself that you have given your worries to Jesus.
 

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I have been trying to do just this...leave my worries & petitions with God. I do it very well for others, but have such little faith when it comes to myself. I am working in a bad, (certainly not God-based) job, where greed is the motivation. I am currently seeking an Administrative Asst. position elsewhere. Hopefully in a small office, where the people are Christian and where my work will be of benefit to the clientele as well as my employer, I am giving back. I had managed a funeral home before & what I truly would like to get back into. I would ask for prayers to that end for me. Close to home, a position where I am giving back, I love what I do & who I do it for, & they love me. In God's time I know it is on it's way.
Thank You.

Anxiety flies in the face of what Jesus came to earth to do. He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. It is hard to live an abundant life when you are constantly worried.

Instead we get the choice of offering our worries to the One Who can do something about them. And in return He will give us an incomprehensible peace and will protect our hearts and minds, which will actually keep us from being anxious. It seems like a good deal to me.

It DOES seem like a good deal and I believe it and understand it. But I can't seem to DO it.

My son keeps making all the wrong choices . . . he lost his fiance over drugs, two jobs over drugs and any "good" friends, so he hangs out at the house mostly.

He's pretty depressed about losing the fiance even though it's been over two years ago and she's getting married in September. I ASK FOR PRAYERS FOR MY SON.

On the other hand, I stay worried and anxious about his mental state. He has a job but sometimes goes to work under the influence. I talk to him all the time about asking Jesus to help him and he seems to understand it but he once told me he doesn't feel like he's good enough for Jesus.

After the most recent three incidents I told him that it couldn't happen anymore in our house and that he would have to go. I don't want to lose him and I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do.

He's been to drug counseling and detox and thru a story I read in Guideposts, he even agreed to go to a six-month program in Houston. He left on a Monday afternoon and was back home by Wednesday night. A friend had gone a week earlier to encourage him to go. His friend waited for him to give him the heads up that the place was a cult and we got a phone call in the middle of the night from his friend's mom and we spent the next 12 hours working to get him out of there.

I could go on and on about things they both told us about the place and we looked up testimonies that attested to what they said. They told us that people who didn't have homes or family stayed there but anyone else would leave (escape) after a few days.

I tell you all this because we have tried to get help. He's done the medical prescription withdrawal program but our insurance only covered so many visits to get more of the prescription.

He's 25. He seems like he wants to stop and makes a good attempt. When he lost the second job, he stayed home for 7 months recovering on his own. We tried to encourage him to get into another program -- there was one that a friend had been to five years ago and was still clean -- but he didn't want to leave again.

He got his present job and everything was going well. I curtailed his driving privileges to any of our cars so he hadn't driven in the 7 months he was at home. I would have to take him at 5 AM to meet a ride to work.

THEN he came home one day and said his boss gave him a company truck and I just looked at the ceiling and said, "God, what are you doing?" I was trying to keep him from having a way to go to the drug dealers and now I panicked and sure enough it wasn't long before he was acting strangely again. Not always, but we found "stuff".

I'm about at my limit and I freak out when we come home from somewhere and he's been home alone because I never know what I might find. There have been so many reports of young people found dead from drug overdoses -- and so my anxiety spikes again.

Tell me, PLEASE, what I can do to handle this? It's not that I don't believe God can help, it's just that we humans make stupid decisions and we end up in danger or worse despite what God tries to do. That's what my fear is in my son's case, so HOW can I relax and find peace if I'm always thinking the worst will happen?

I know that sometimes God gives us over to our own devices -- and I couldn't handle that.

I'm sorry to be so long winded, but I just had to write it all out.

Thank you so much for listening.
Viki

"..the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself prays for us with groanings too deep for words" Romans 8: 26

Father I do not know how to pray for Vicki's son, her heart is breaking from worry. Lord Jesus, please intercede in this situation. Only You can bring her son to his knees before You. Please deliver him from the evil that binds him and give Vicki the wisdom to know how to free him. From what she has written, You already have given her much wisdom and we thank You for her listening heart. Please give them hope, strength and endurance in this battle. We know that Vicki's heartbreak is like Your heartbreak as You watch this world where we all go down so many wrong roads. Please free them, in the name of our precious Lord Jesus we ask this, Amen

Similar thing going on in my family. I will pray for you and your son along with my nephew. Addiction is epidemic is this country. Keep praying.
Nancy

There is hope for you and your nephew/son. Addiction has affected my whole life and will always be a part of my life. As a child of an alcoholic father, our home life was very difficult. And then my Mom was killed instantly in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver. And then what did I do? I became an alcoholic also. But today as a recovering alcoholic, I have been sober for 7 years (this time). And I have joy again in my life and beautiful grand kids!

Whatever you do, don't give up. You can't change someone else's behavior, but you can set limits/boundaries of unacceptable behavior. Then the rest is up to them, if they want to change. Or if they are sick of being sick and tired.

And for yourself, seek some counseling or attend an Al anon meeting. You will gain perspective and some peace of mind. And I will pray for you also.

DEAREST VICKI, REMEMBER ROMANS 8:28 JESUS WILL TURN THIS OUT GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS SON! HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH AND YOU LOVE HIM!!! REWARD HIM FOR EVERYTHING HE DOES GOOD!!FOCUS ON HIS GOODNESS!! BRAG ON HIM!!!GO TO MCDONALDS AND CELEBRATE!! GET ICE CREAM TOO!!!MAKE A CAKE FOR HIM!!!PUT A STAR ON IT!!!!!!!!!CUP CAKES ARE FUN TOO!!!!!!!!!! CALL YOUR HUSBAND ON PHONE AND BRAG ON HIM AND LET HIM HEAR YOU!!!!TELL EVERY FRIEND YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!! AT THE GROCERY STORE TELL THEM THIS IS MY HELPER, SO GLAD I GOT HIM!! I THANK GOD FOR HIM!!!HE WOULD BE A GREAT COUNSLER!!!YOU BOTH WILL SAVE A LOT OF LIVES!!!!REMEMBER THANK GOD FOR EVERYTHING TURNING OUT GREAT THEN JUST KEEP KNOWING IT WILL!SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS!! ROMANS 8:28 GOD WILL BLESS YOU!