There is one thing that comes very naturally for me, something that I do not need to extend any effort at all on my part to accomplish. That one thing is called w-o-r-r-y. No matter what the season, no matter what the day, this pesky little habit surfaces - again, and again.
And it is something that God and I continually dialogue about, as I am quite in need of His help to conquer this habit. It also appears that I am not the only one on this earth who deals with this - maybe it is safe to say that most of us are prone to worry?
I love how God continually reminds me - drawing my attention to His answer.
"Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything."
"Instead of fighting anxiety, we can use it as a springboard to bending our hearts to God. Instead of trying to suppress anxiety, manage it, or smother it with pleasure, we can turn our anxiety toward God. When we do that, we'll discover that we've slipped into continuous praying." (Paul Miller, A Praying Life)When we find ourselves worrying about a concern, it can become a signal for us to turn our thoughts to God, voicing our concerns to Him, asking for His help. Over and over again; as many times a day as we are faced with a worry or concern. Our worries can become tools that draw us to depend on God. They can be turned into a blessing ...
"Anxiety is unable to relax in the face of chaos;
continuous prayer clings to the Father in the face of chaos."
(Paul Miller, A Praying Life)
Thank You, Lord, for Your continual reminders to turn my worries into prayers. And maybe without my human weakness of worry, I would not have a need to turn to You throughout my days - for You turn my weakness into a blessing.