A Soul Weaned Off Worry

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worry-less

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on” (Matt. 6:25, NKJV).

I like to say, “I’m a warrior, not a worrier.” However, this has not always been the case. A couple decades ago, I was much more of a worrier than I am now. Worry stole the joy out of a lot of my days. Holy Spirit has done a faithful, thorough work in my soul to bring me to this point. I am so grateful!

I remember Him speaking to me a few years ago about this subject through a billboard. (Yes, He speaks in so many creative ways!) This billboard was an ad for insurance, if I remember correctly. It featured a picture of a huge guardian angel’s wing and boldly suggested, “Worry Less.” As soon as I saw it, I felt Holy Spirit stirring that message deeply in my heart.

And then I had to smile because as my husband and I continued our travels down that particular highway, that same billboard was repeated over, and over, and over along the way. I must have seen the same communication flash before my eyes at least twenty times in the course of two hours. Obviously, Holy Spirit really wanted me to get the message.

“Worry Less.” Does that feel more attainable to you than “Do not worry at all”? Then go with it! Daddy is smiling at you right now with friendly eyes. He wants you to know that He’s okay with your non-perfection in the “no worrying” arena. In fact, He expected it. With deep compassion, He understands that learning to live worry-free is a process, like so many other parts of our spiritual lives.

When He first deposits an instruction into our hearts, He does so as a Sower. He is the Sower, and we are the field. The instruction, “Do not be anxious about anything” (Phil 4:6), is a seed in His hand. He carefully plants it into the depths of our inner being.

Then, like any experienced farmer, He begins to water it and tend to it. He waits good-naturedly for it to begin to put down roots. He doesn’t expect that, overnight, a beautiful, mature “worry-free” plant will have sprung up. No, He is much wiser than that. And He is extremely patient, willing to wait as long as necessary for the full growth process to come to completion.

Yes, it’s a process. Remember Psalm 131? “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother…” (v. 2). Weaning is another biblical metaphor for the process. Sometimes what our soul needs to be weaned off of, is worry. Just like weaning a baby is a gradual transition, so is the weaning of the soul.

Have you started the weaning process yet? It’s never too late! Today is a perfect day to begin.  Let’s begin to learn… to hand over to the Lord the things that trouble us, and trustingly leave them in His hands.

Today, a little more than yesterday… Tomorrow, a little more than today…
Worry less.

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Is God taking you through a weaning process? Have you given yourself permission to be in that process?

8 thoughts on “A Soul Weaned Off Worry

  1. Being honest, worry is still something that crops up on me, usually when I am straining ahead on my own, having not bothered to take a particular thing to the Lord is prayer. What a blessing He is ever faithful and allows me to come to Him with repentance over my self-centered approach when once again I realize what I am doing.
    I am also reminded a a saying I heard long ago about worry: ‘Worry is the interest we pay on a bill that never comes due.’
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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    1. Wow! I really, really like that saying! It brings across the truth about the matter perfectly. I’m tucking that one away 🙂 I think we’re all in the same boat there, with being more vulnerable to worry when we still need to pray through a matter of concern. Father, train us to be more and more immediate giving our burdens and needs over to You!

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  2. I worked with an other guy in an AWANA program a few years back who liked to quote the middle out of Philippians 4:6. … be anxious about anything… I suppose he was hoping the kids would look up the rest.

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  3. I love hearing your voice! How soothing and encouraging to listen to Holy Spirit speaking through my precious friend before I drift off to sleep tonight.
    I have had unexplainable joy and freedom from worry lately. Only explained by God’s grace and the prayers that have been lifted up!

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  4. Freedom from worry is a learned but Precious Gift from God. Perhaps now when we are more isolated we can learn the lessons that we can have relationship with a personal God who is with us, in us and through us each an every moment of every day. Freedom in Jesus Christ can then become a REALITY.

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