Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Turned into Blessing {Heart Connect}

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."
(Philippians 4:6a)

"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.


  1. Oh I love this & I hope I remember to turn my worries into prayers more often & quicker! I have been meditating on a beauty from ashes blessings list. God is so faithful to work everything out for our good. I plan to blog about my own testimony, & how God has faithfully given me blessings out of trials. I AM learning to worry less & pray more. Blessed, as always, by reading here Cherry. Thanks! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    1. Thanks for your visit, Cynthia - and this is something that we need continual help from God with - which also can be a blessing, as it reminds us (daily) to lean into Him for His help. I think that so many of us as moms find ourselves with this need, as there are so many things we tend to worry about!

  2. Something that plagues me as well. I like your remedy and the quotes from Paul Miller. Thank you, Cherry.

    1. You're welcome, Janis - it seems that as moms, we are on this journey together, of needing to turn our worries into prayers.

  3. Hi Cherry, I found your blog via Janis recommendation. Thanks for encourage us to use our worries as tools to point us back to God.

    1. Thanks for your visit, Wanda! Yes, this is something that I continually need to be reminded of myself!