Sunday, August 23, 2009

God's ability is bigger than my anxiety!

Today I went to a church in Johnstown and heard a great sermon on worry. Not that I am a huge worrier. I tend to store it all up and then, boom! Anxiety central! But today I was reminded that worrying means I don't believe God will do what He has promised: fulfill all my needs. My fridge is the picture today (cruddy picture I know) but a silent reminder of some of my worries: A picture of my mom (represents my worries for my family), A father's day card for Mike (represents my worries for him), Bills (my August budget is on there), My sponsor child in Ethiopia (Ashenafi and also a reminder of my friends in Kalomo, Zambia), and my voting information (represents my concerns for our country). All of these are things I worry about from time to time. BUT today, I look at the fridge and remember God's promises to those who love Him:

A promise to sustain me: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. " Isaiah 46:4

A promise to hear my prayers: Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12

A promise to protect me: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames willnot set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:1,2

A promise to give me unimaginable love and a home: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Cor. 2:9

My worry fridge is now a reminder that God's ability is bigger than my anxiety! Amen to that!

5 comments:

Bridget said...

amen to that!

Framing Images and Memories said...

Great lesson to be reminded of. Worry does seem like wasted energy.

trishalyn said...

Very interesting post! As I read, it occurred to me that shooting the front of our refrigerators would make for a fun assignment. Who DOESN'T have the front of their refrigerator filled with personal items? :-)

P.S. DON'T WORRY...BE HAPPY! :-)

Linda said...

Well, the front of my fridge has nothing on it!! can you believe it? But there's a simple reason--it's stainless steel and magnets won't stick (I know, I know, I could use scotch tape--and I have occasionally used sticky notes).

There were, however, days when the children were small that you couldn't see the door surface for all the "artwork" being displayed.
Nice photo of your "to-do lists".

And great sentiments--I totally agree and wish I could let God be completely in control ALL the time. I appreciate the reminder.

Margaret said...

hakuna matata..

Hey there is your Registration Acknowledgment card that I sent you out on Friday!!

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