photo-1444837870946-e65ae2ef054e“I’m not a worrier!” I used to tell others as well as myself. Not so long ago, I didn’t even realize one of my secret places that I kept close to my heart was reserved for “worries for my kids”. I’m not proud of it but I have been a “kid worrier” at times.

Periodically I have a problem sleeping. Granted, we all do at times. I would either lie awake for hours or fall asleep only to wake up every couple of hours throughout the night. My husband asked me again for the thousandth time, “Why do you think you aren’t sleeping? “ I answered, for the thousandth time, “I don’t know!” He then asked, “What are you thinking about?” I used to think that it was just “stuff” like my “to do list” for the next day, what I would be making for dinner the next week but this time I was honest with him and myself; I was worrying about providing for the kids!

I have three children. I love that they have passion and vision for their lives. They know what they want to do and are pushing through to achieve their goals. The struggle is not “motivating” them to go to college or whatever they need to do to reach their goals, but in “providing” for them to go.

As I completed financial aid documents, scholarship applications, etc. for school, I realized we still had quite a bit of tuition left to be provided for which meant school loans. That had been my “worry” of late. As a parent, we want to be able to set our children up for success.

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Worriers are pessimists! Nothing good comes out of worrying. In fact, worry can paralyze us and keep us from seeing all the possibilities in life.

The worry I felt began to paralyze me. I couldn’t think clearly and it kept me from seeing what God could do in this situation until I remembered one life changing principle that I had lived for many years and that was speaking scriptures over myself, my circumstances and my children. So that’s what I began doing once again.

Here are a few scriptures that I spoke: Romans 8:37 “You are more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens you.”Phillipians 4:19 “All of your needs are met in Christ Jesus.”

Phillipians 4:19 “All of your needs are met in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. “

Did it change overnight? Of course not and yes, finances can be very difficult. But, when I began to believe that I’m not alone, that God would provide all our needs and this was an opportunity to trust Him completely, answers began coming. I prayed and one of my kids received an additional scholarship that we weren’t even expecting. Before I knew it, everything was provided for.

Most things we worry about never even happen! Keep the Word of God close to your heart. Use it in every situation. It will empower your circumstances and help you to see opportunities in your difficulties. In fact, put those worries to good use and let them become your prayer list. Instead of being a Kid Worrier become a Prayer Warrior!

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Kim Anderson

Freedom Weekend Director/Pastor at Bayside Community Church
Bargain shopping with friends, sipping tea and having fun with family are just a few things Kim enjoys. Her deeply felt passion is to empower and encourage women to live life to their potential.

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