@GospelFit Lenten Challenge Day 7 – Living Worry Free

February 20th, 2013   •   2 comments   

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
– Corrie Ten Boom, author and human rights activist


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Recently, when asked what I had I given up for lent, I said “my foolishness”.  My friend paused for a few seconds and said, ‘What does that mean?”  I responded, “Trying to predict the future, correct the past and skipping over today.”  She looked at me as said “Good Luck!”

It truly is not about luck. For me, this Lenten period is period of time to release, rejoice,  rejuvenate and  recommit to the Joy of being Loved by God, that He gave Jesus his only begotten son, who was crucified, buried and rose from the dead.  This is a time for me to release anything that has held me back from allowing God to be my guide, the lover of my soul.

I have found that I worried about things that I could not change.  I read a long time ago, that 90% of what we worry about never comes to pass. Whether that is true or not, I don’t know but there’s probably some truth to it in life. How much of our lives do we miss because we’re agonizing over what has happened and what might happen down the road? How often do we  stop ourselves from doing something, –even if it’s the right thing to do–because of our  fear of the unknown, second guessing ourselves, or looking for someone else’s validation.

While worrying did give me something to focus on; it was also an opportunity for me to avoid dealing with me and  it did not solve any problems. All it did  was to paralyze my actions and keep me in bondage – I was stressed out, mentally and physically tired and often times, worrying and anxiety sapped all the joy of what could have been a wonderful day.

Periodically, when circumstances lined up, I was happy, but not joyful and certainly not peaceful. And that’s why I decided to give up my foolishness, not just for 2013’s Lenten Season, but as a way of life.  I am willing to come before God with my alabaster box and present myself, seeking the gift of joy. Because I now understand that I was being carried through life, and loved, and because He Is Lord, I can, and have the expectation that God’s peace will permeate my life.   I no longer have the need to be anxious for anything, God’s peace, love and joy comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not from what’s happening outside of me.

Jaqueline Rooths

Website: Soulfully Raw
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  1. Cynthia Diaz says:

    Walking with God calls us to Live Fully in Every Moment. In my Daily Walk I have Asked God to serve as my Weight Watcher, Nutrisystem, Personal Trainer, and Ultimate Scale. I want to be in a place where I measure everything that goes in and comes out of my mouth. Living a healthy life requires a Balanced mental, physical, and spiritual diet, watching and weighing everything that I eat and digest in every area of my journey. This Lenten Season I am immersed in a corporate fruit and vegetable Daniel fast with my church community . It also includes a 24 hour water and natural juice fast from Thursday, 6 pm to Friday 6 pm. On my journey to the cross I am seeking God’s face, hands, spirit and feet guiding every step that I take.
    Love Cynthia Diaz, faithfully seeking God’s hope, health and healing for my life, during Lent and all of the days beyond!!!!

  2. Patricia Spradley says:

    May God continue to bless and keep you. He is a joy to walk with for his smile covers our body, mind, and spirit. God is empowering you to allow his MD (master divine) prescription for your healing to manifest. I am praying for you on our journey.

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