I have a secret to tell you. I’m not very good about giving over my worries and anxieties to God. I mean, I do… eventually, but only after I’ve sat with them for much longer than I should have. Do you ever do that? Sit with your fears and try to conquer them yourself, instead of giving them to God? I’m a bit of a worrier, so I’ve been down this road more times than I’d like to admit, and the results are always the same — what was once a smallish worry grows into something seemingly insurmountable. That’s usually the point at which I humbly hand it over to Him. The moment I do I am always left feeling lighter and freer, and wonder to myself why it had taken me so long.
I know that God wants all of me; my good days & my bad days, plus all the worries and anxieties that pop up in between, but it wasn’t until I realized what the worry was taking away from me that I finally managed to break the cycle. Worry, like comparison, is a thief of joy and will steal the light from your life without you even realizing it. It takes away your ability to be present and enjoy the life you’ve been given, and that’s something that I couldn’t allow anymore. I want to live in the sunshine! I want to feel God’s face shining on me. I want to be present for my husband and children. I want to be able to see the beauty that God’s put in my life, and that just can’t happen if I’m living in the dark.
I know there’ll always be things in life to worry about, but I also know that I’m not going to live in the dark with them anymore. By choosing to give them to God the moment they rear their ugly heads, I’m choosing to live in His glorious sunshine.
Are you a worrier? Do you give your worries over to God right away? Or do you live in sunshine?
Meet Heather Hamilton, our Inspiration contributor. She’s the wife to one + the momma to three; two that live in her house + one that lives in God’s. You can find her sharing her journey to becoming the girl God created her to be over at her blog, Life Made Lovely, and sharing her love of handmade in her new shop, The Paperie. She’s the founder of the Joyful Life Library and the curator of The Joyful Shop, which uses 100% of it’s profits to support the library project. And every day, she chooses joy.