Have you seen that commercial where the little dog is worried about his bone? He can’t sleep…he tosses and turns in his little doggie bed and in the background the song “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne is playing.

Trouble…
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble
Trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born
Worry…
Worry, worry, worry, worry
Worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone

Worry is trouble…what a thief. We all are plagued by it. It is a pest that comes in and robs us. We are burgled of our peace, rest and health.

A friend told me that often in the middle of the night some niggling worry will come to her mind and wake her up. She has no choice but to get up and try an appease it.

Worry just doesn’t rob us, it enslaves us.

I tend to fret and worry. It’s in my nature. I have worry memories. Young worry memories.

I worried about getting enough food. I always looked for the biggest piece. I never felt satisfied. My mom would hide food: I would find it and eat it.

I worried about my step-fathers anger and getting in the way of it/him.

A junior high friend made one comment about my nose and I worried about its size for years.

My weight…weighed on me…way back, probably connected to some other worries.

Then, God rescued me.

I could have been the sum part of this whole picture if God had not shown up and loved me. He forgave my sin, transformed my heart and began the life long task of transforming the whole of me. WOW!

He taught me the truth of Philippians 4:6,7.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Don’t misunderstand me; I still worry. But now, more than even last year, I turn to Him quicker, cast my cares on Him faster and He carries my worry and me, and I let Him.

Sweet Surrender. Help me surrender more.

Psalm 103

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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