Therefore, do not worry.

MATT. 6:34 says “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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I think I’ve heard this verse maybe 250 times in my life. Recently, I’ve passed by it while flipping through my Bible or whenever I read my devotion. Even though I take the Bible seriously and what it has to offer, I pass by verses everyday, read them, tell myself “APPLY THIS TO YOUR LIFE TINA” and move on with my day. It probably would take me 30 seconds into any conversation I’d have where I’d start to state something about worry or distrust. Even if it’s about where to eat dinner at…I worry that the other person won’t like my choice. Every night when I go to bed, I worry that I won’t get everything done the next day that needs to be marked off my agenda list. Worry comes in the smallest and largest forms. Worry=anxiety. I worry all the time what I am going to do with my life if I won’t get accepted into graduate school. Why do I still worry so much if I tell others I’m a Christian and believe what the Bible has to offer? Then that’s not me being the best person I can be.

So, recently I’ve decided to give up all my worries to God. The second I recognize I’m in a stage of worry, I shut my mind off and give it to Him. It’s hard, but I know it’s worth the best shot I’ll ever make. Me giving it to the big Man upstairs is basically me surrendering myself to Him, telling Him that my ways are less than His ways and putting my faith in Him.

Joyce Meyer states “Surely God loves me more than a bird and I never seen a bird sitting on a brand having a break down because he didn’t know where his next worm was coming from. God teaches us that we don’t have to worry about tomorrow.”

Let me know if you can find a story in the Bible where Christ didn’t provide and left people to worry their life away. He cradles and care for each of us and I ask Him to wipe away our worry with each morning breath we take. The moment we lay our worries down at the feet of Christ, He will recognize our humble hearts and bless us for our act of faith. Also, pretty sure we miss out on a lot of life if we just sit and worry.

It’s THAT time again.

Stress.

That’s it. That’s everything I’m feeling right now. Overwhelming amounts of stress packed onto my school life. Almost too much for me to handle. It’s been affecting me so much. Too much. I sit here…putting off my finance homework for a few more moments as I chug down some ice cold water and migraine relief medicine. These next 4 weeks (1 month, whichever sounds more appealing) will be h-e-double hockey sticks for me.

How will I endure it? No, not a time countdown to summer, because THAT is stressful in itself. I will only cope with hot showers and a whole lot of Jesus-worship music to put me in a better, uplifting mood — making me thankful that I have the opportunity to have supportive parents, friends, family, and to have a God that has given me the opportunity, drive, and motivation for a career. I’ve learned that grades cannot reflect my inner self and who I really am. So, I try my ultimate hardest, but I go to bed at a reasonable time and what’s done that day is done.

The next morning, I’ll repeat my daily routines, being as driven as ever (am I trying to convince myself right now?). I haven’t been THIS tired in a very long time…but I have to remember that times like these is when I most need to rely on Christ for strength and for Him to elongate my restless nights.

The following are encouraging verses for you peeps. Write em on your mirror, sticky note your bedroom wall, but it on your dashboard in your car…I dare you!

Matthew 6:30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ.

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Love ya.