Day 248

Last week I got a voicemail from my local Kroger store.  They called to inform me that an item I had purchased had been recalled.  NuGo Organic Protein Bars.  My heart began to race and I had a small panic attack as I thought about how many of those things I consumed last summer.  At least 30!  In 5 short seconds my mind thought of all of the horrible things that could have been wrong with them… dangerous chemicals accidentally mixed in, rat feces, harmful bacteria, etc.  and then the automated man let me know that they were being recalled because they contained, dun dun dun… MILK!  Phew.  Just milk?  I love milk… no big deal, back to my regular heart beat.

I was embarrassed at how quickly my mind went to the worst possible scenario.  Why did I allow myself to get so worried, before I even knew if I had anything to worry about?  I think we all go there from time to time.  In fact, I think we tend to worry most about things that haven’t even happened yet.  The devil loves to get us stuck thinking about some “potential” problem because he knows that when we worry enough it turns into fear and when we get into fear those potential problems turn into real problems.

Luke 12:25 And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?

That’s a red letter verse, people!  Jesus wanted us to know that worry is worthless!  It doesn’t do anyone any good!  He goes on to ask us to think about the birds and the flowers and how care-free they are.  They don’t worry about anything.  The birds that hang out in the parking lot at my Target don’t stress.  They aren’t worried about their next meal because they know that my daughter will be out in a second leaving a trail of gold fish crackers behind her.  The flowers in my garden aren’t thinking about all the bad things that might happen to them if we forget to water them, they know God will water them if He wants.

If God cares for the crazy looking birds at Target and the flowers in my garden, how much more does He care for us?  If they can live worry free lives, why can’t we?  We have a will.  A will to worry or a will to trust.  We have a choice… warrior or worrier?

Let’s say the protein bars I ate all last summer were poisonous.  Worry wouldn’t help me now… but faith and trust in God would!  Worrying about what might happen to me would only weaken my immune system, steal my sleep, and drain my joy.  Why would anyone choose that over this,

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.

Next time you find yourself consumed with worry, consider the birds, the flowers, and how much Jesus loves you!  He  created you to be a warrior, not a worrier!

  1. The protein bars were not poisonous!
  2. Luke 12.  Love hearing Jesus’ thoughts on worry.
  3. The Lord is my Strength and my Shield!
  4. God created me to be a warrior, not a worrier.
  5. Cuddle time with the whole family this morning.
  6. Got some good kissin’ in before Josh left for work this morning.
  7. Highlights Magazine came yesterday.  Perfect rainy morning activity for Gus.
  8. Gus beat the bad guy for the first time in Sonic The Hedgehog and I got to be there to experience the excitement.
  9. Anytime Gus gets past a tough level he’s been stuck on for a while he always gives glory to God.
  10. Cashews.
  11. Leftovers for lunch.
  12. Blew up some balloons leftover from Beau’s party and the kids entertained themselves with them for a good amount of time this afternoon.
  13. Fun trip to the library.  Perfect rainy afternoon activity!
  14. The gift bag Aunt Mindy gave Beau her gifts in is my new library book bag.  You need a good book bag when you check out 25 books at a time.
  15. A little girl asked Beau what her name was at the library and Beau’s response was… “I just Beau.”  Cutest little conversation to listen to!
  16. Beau’s Uggs.  Nana definitely got her money’s worth on those!
  17. My mom took the time to scan and email some pictures of myself when I was Beau’s age.
  18. Josh made us breakfast for dinner.
  19. Josh cleaned up the big mess that breakfast for dinner always seems to make.
  20. One of the contestant’s on AI sang one of Kari Jobe’s songs… Love Came Down.  Good song!
  21. Josh put cologne on after his shower.  Mmmm.
  22. My niece Courtney posted an awesome quote on my FB wall this morning.  “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, “oh crap, she’s up.”  Love it!
  23. Hillsong United is coming to Dallas!!!
  24. Enjoyed watching the kids play with all of Gus’ cars from Pixar’s Cars that we collected for him when he was little.  They were like new toys for both of them.
  25. When Gus was little he went through a phase where all he wanted to play was “bags of cars.”  Which meant he wanted me to get out his bag full of hot wheels.  Man, he was/is a fun little boy.
  26. The laughter that filled the game room while the kids were using Josh as a trampoline.  All 3 of them were having a great time.
  27. Starting reading the Easter story in Gus’ Jesus Storybook Bible.  Wow.  I want my own Jesus Storybook Bible.

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