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Getting Rid of the Worry-Clutter!

By Bridget Gazlay

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:27, 32, 34, NIV)

Every time January comes around, I like to reorganize my home and get rid of all the unnecessary clutter. This year, however, my physical clutter isn’t what I’m working on—it’s the worry-clutter hogging all the space in my heart!

With health issues, and financial obligations adding up, it’s hard not to worry about the future. But I am reminded that I am not the one in control, God is. After all, everything I have God gave to me to be a steward over—my time, my home, my finances, my job—all of it. God knows the needs I have even before I experience them; he’s more than able to provide for me.

It seems so simple to “not worry” doesn’t it? Why would God make a point to say this in Scripture? For one, people must have been worriers in Biblical times too and they needed to be reminded of WHO our provider is. And second, worrying occupies our minds so much that we aren’t meditating on God. How can we hear God’s voice if our minds are already occupied by other matter? Don’t miss a “God-sized” opportunity because you’re focusing on things you can’t control.

Prayer: Dear God, it’s so hard to not let our daily needs and struggles overtake our minds. So we leave our worries and fears at your feet. Take these burdens from us and turn them into good. Thank you for providing for our needs and for blessing us beyond them. Amen.

Thought for the Day

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Helen Keller

©2009 Bridget Gazlay. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
(Devotional previously published by Hope Network, January 2009)

Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that readers who come across her writing or fabric cards would see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: fabricards101@verizon.net or http://mysite.verizon.net/fabricards101.