Today for What I Eat Wednesday, I am showing pictures of my meals on Saturday. I wrote the text Saturday morning, and I felt that it gave appropriate “spiritual food for thought” to pair with my comestible activity for the rest of the day.
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Be anxious for nothing -Philippians 4:6
I seem to quote that verse on a second by second basis, and yet I am so bad at obeying it. I tend to do the opposite and worry about everything.
Right now, it is 4:30 Saturday morning, and this is what I am thinking:
- What if I got a failing grade on the speech I gave yesterday?
- Will I have enough time to get this assignment done?
- What will the cafeteria serve for lunch?
- If I swim today, will it give my mind a rest or be too taxing on my muscles?
- I told M and K that I would take date-iversary pictures of them this afternoon, but I don’t really know what they want or what their style is.
- Did I drink enough water yesterday?
- Should I make my WIAW post for Saturday or Monday?
- Should I go to the elementary school on Monday to do some prep work for student teaching?
- I wonder if I can pick up some extra hours at work this week.
- Should I have bought a different type of cake mix to bake for the hall meeting on Tuesday?
- Will I pass my licensure tests next month?
- Am I prepared to student teach in January?
- What am I going to do after graduation?
- Am I worrying too much?
I am sure the list could go on for quite a while.
Be anxious for nothing,
But in everything with prayer and supplication
Let your requests be made known unto God.
– Philippians 4:13
I think my problem is that I never really make it past that first line of that verse. I get so worried about not being anxious that I fail to realize that God does not leave me to find my own peace.
God wants me to bring my worries to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. He doesn’t expect me to mitigate my own fears.
…My peace do I leave with you. I do not give it as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.
– John 14:27
So right now, I am bowing my head in prayer and dedicating myself to a stress-free Saturday. I am going to fervently surrender to God’s grace. Then I will crawl back into bed and rest in God’s peace, eager to embrace His mercies that are new every morning.
Did I spend Saturday completely stress- and worry-free? No. Nonetheless, typing that post did help me put my anxiety into perspective. I must daily hold my life up to the light of eternity and surrender my struggles to God.