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Friday, January 27, 2012

10 Days of Proverbs 31 - Day 9


"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25

Wow! The woman of Proverbs 31 is pretty amazing, isn’t she! She serves her family, others and still has time for herself, both physically and spiritually. Is there anything this woman can’t do? YES!! Today we are going to see one thing the Proverbs 31 woman doesn’t spend her time doing…worrying!

Are you a worry wart? Or are you confident, fully trusting God for all your needs? For the first several years of our marriage, I was a worrier. I wasted so much time, energy and effort fretting about everything from our bills to our jobs, to our future, to our children (whom hadn’t even been born!). Anytime an issue arose, I automatically saw the worst-case scenario. My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. (Yes, opposites do attract!) For every question or doubt I expressed, he had a statement of faith. It wasn’t just a statement; but a full confidence in knowing God’s promises and trusting in them alone. His example and constant reminders help strengthen my own walk.

The Proverbs 31 woman is a lot like my husband. Proverbs 31:25 says, “she laughs at the days ahead.” We saw yesterday, that she spends time in the Word and in prayer. Because of the time she spends with her God, she is well aware of His promises. She doesn't spend her days stressed out or worried about what her future holds. She is filled with joy by the One who holds her future! How do you view the future? Are you so full of confidence in God’s promises that you can look to your future with joy and laughter? Or do you spend precious time consumed with things that are out of your control?

Spending time memorizing scripture and knowing God’s promises is a great way to move from a life of worry to a life of joy. Here are a few of my favorite verses:

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Matthew 6:25-27 "25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?"
Romans 8:31 "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Deuteronomy 31:8-9 "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” 

Christian author,Max Lucado,wrote "No one can worry and pray at the same time." Elisabeth Elliot, widow of missionary Jim Elliot, says, "Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive." So how will you choose to spend your time, wringing your hands in worry or lifting them in praise?

Challenge: Commit one of the above verses to memory. The next time those unsettling thoughts creep into your mind, say it out loud! Become confident in the One who holds your future!

 Until Tomorrow Friends...

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Amy @ Just a Glimpse... said... [Reply to comment]

I have greatly enjoyed your blog the past 10 days and I look forward to following your blog in the future. Your blog has greatly encouraging info and is just awesome in my opinion. God Bless!

Torrie said... [Reply to comment]

Amy, Wow!! Thank you. You made me tear up! I know this is what God has called me to do; so I am humbled and blessed to see Him using it in the lives of the readers He brings here. May He continue to bless, encourage and challenge your heart!

Angela Joseph said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely post! I used to be a worry wart, but I'm learning to trust God more and things seem to be going much better for me. Praise God! Thanks for following my blog. I'm happy to follow you back.

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