Replace Worry With Gratitude

Ryan and I traveled to Atlanta a few weeks ago. We took separate cars because RJ and I had plans for a mommy and son weekend while Ryan filmed weddings. 

My car started acting funny on our way to the hotel near the second venue. Pedal to the metal, my car would only get up to 40 miles per hour. Not something you want happening on the interstate, OR after you just celebrated paying your car off. 

Long story short, we had to get “Mia” towed back home. As we were checking out of the hotel the next morning, the zipper on my wallet broke. When I got in the car, I noticed the screen on my iPad was cracked. 

We stopped at a gas station and I stayed in the car in a silent pout. Ryan walked out of the convenience store with a big smile on his face. If you know my husband, that is his resting face. I thanked him for his positive spirit and apologized for pouting about everything that broke over the weekend. 

Ryan said, “Sharol, you have to remember you are blessed to have things that can break.” He helped me change my worry about how I was going to fix everything into gratitude for being blessed with what broke in the first place. 

Jesus also had to remind his disciples not to worry. 

“But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”

At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”

“Twelve,” they said.

“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

“Seven,” they said.

“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:14-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I don’t want God asking me, “Don’t you understand yet?” 

I can choose to worry OR I can remember how God has taken care of me in the past. I can choose to control it all OR I can relinquish control and give it back to God. I can choose to doubt OR I can receive peace by trusting in my Heavenly Father. 

You might be worrying about your health, your finances, your kids, or the ticking clock, but I want you to remember the question Jesus asked, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Luke 12:25 

Replace your worry with gratitude. Be thankful for what God has blessed you with. Seek His Kingdom and He will provide you with everything you need.

What are you currently worrying about?

-Give it ALL to God. 

-Receive His peace

-His love for you is unbreakable