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Be Like The Flowers of the Field – Don’t Worry
Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 9, 2011 @ 1:00 am In GOD | 5 Comments
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:27-29 
I have, by nature, been a worrier. In high school, my teachers would chide me to stop; my friends would roll their eyes at my silliness; my dad would bug me to stop picking my nails — a sure sign that I was stressing about something.
I think I’ve grown — some — over the years. I mean, I usually have finger nails, so that is a good thing. But, that doesn’t stop me completely. Maybe you’re like me and you fret?
The following was originally posted in July of 2008 . But I think it’s a good reminder for all of us.
There are cares in our lives that want to plague us and tempt us to worry. A potential job transfer and subsequent move? A budget that just doesn’t balance? A child struggling in areas beyond your ken? Health problems? A school system that doesn’t understand what your child needs?
It’s one thing to be told, “Don’t worry.” And another thing to actually do it. I could say, “Go out with the girls. Take a bubble bath. Take the morning off.”
Those are great things for rest and relaxation. Don’t get me wrong. Those are good things. But, they are not cures. They can treat symptoms, but they don’t go to the heart of our matters.
God made us. He knows every hair on our heads, every thought that we think. He is in control of all our days, all our circumstances, all the things that tempt us to fear. What does He say about worry?
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:4-7 
How do YOU guard your heart against anxiety and worry?
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 Matthew 6:27-29: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:27-29&version=NIV
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