by Tamara Eaton
Probably all older expectant moms struggle with
anxious thoughts --am I making the best decisions? Will I have
a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby? Which childbirth method
should we use? Will I have enough energy for this baby? What if
everyone thinks I'm the grandma instead of the mother? How will we
all adjust to this new lifestyle change? Will I feel isolated at
home with a new little one while all my friends have the freedom
of an empty nest?
But isn't God the One Who is giving you this baby? Didn't He
choose YOU at YOUR age to be the perfect mother for this new
little one? Then you can trust Him to work out every single detail
concerning your pregnancy and birth, and in the coming years as
you bring up this new life in the nurture and admonition of the
Lord. This is HIS plan for you and your family. He will never call
you to do something without also enabling you to do it. As soon
as an anxious thought comes, turn it over to the Lord!
Philippians 4:6-7 gives us both God's command
that we shouldn't be anxious and the means by which we can
obey His instruction:
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ
It also tells us the result of our asking the Lord to
take away our anxiety and work everything out--the peace that
surpasses all understanding!
I've had plenty of practical experience in this area--I used to
worry about anything and everything. Even as a child, I didn't
like change, trying new things, or controversy--I thrived on
routine and stability and liked knowing exactly what was going to
happen each day--well in advance. But life isn't like that and God
doesn't usually operate that way, either.
Instead, He asks us to trust Him to take care of ALL the
circumstances that arise, and rely upon His wisdom and ability to
work out all the details. And some of the ways He has chosen to
lead us seem pretty revolutionary and controversial to the world!
I learned to find my strength in the Lord and in His Word and
found that I had a choice in what I thought about--I no
longer had to entertain the negative, anxious thoughts and worries
that entered my mind. I began to give those thoughts up to the
Lord immediately, and then fill the gap left with prayer,
praise and the Word of God. I would meditate on His character,
His promises, His works. I would thank Him for everything He had
done and was doing and would continue to do in my life. What a
difference it made!
Sometimes, in the midst of a struggle, I would leave my Bible
open to encouraging scripture, or jot it down on a piece of paper
and carry it with me--reminding myself that His Word was true
and He was worthy to be trusted in EVERY situation! I kept a
journal of prayer requests and praises. How encouraging it was to
look back and see God's faithfulness day to day in every way. How
could I have ever doubted that He would resolve each problem in
His time and way?
The enemy would like nothing better than to see Christians
consumed by worries and anxiety and rendered useless in ministry
and ineffective in carrying out God's Will. Anxiety also robs us
of our joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength.
(Nehemiah 8:10) But we are no longer slaves to sin and
worry--not when we have the Lord indwelling us and empowering us
to overcome! We have the ability to "bring every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2
His Word tells us to fill our minds with "whatever
things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if
there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things."
Invest time in getting to KNOW God, spend time in His
Word--you'll find it easier to trust Him to take care of all of
your worries. We serve an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent
Heavenly Father who is intimately concerned with every aspect of
our lives--nothing is "trivial" to Him.
If you haven't experienced His involvement in every area of
your life, then maybe it's time for you to pray specifically
and then expect Him to respond. He will never force Himself
on you. Instead, He gives you the choice to either seek Him for
help or stumble along on your own. What freedom there is in
casting all your cares upon the Lord! You will then be able to
truly enjoy homeschooling and walking in His will for your
life--free from anxiety and worries.
"He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is
steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will
not be afraid..." (Psalm 112:7-8)
More Encouragement From Scriptures:
Luke 12:25-26 "And which of you by worrying can
add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the
least, why are you anxious for the rest?"
Luke 12:29-32 "And do not seek what you
should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For
all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your
Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of
God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear,
little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you
Matthew 6:34 "...Take therefore no thought for
the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of
itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my
salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps all
around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see
that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh,
fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear
Psalm 50:14 "Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay
your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I
will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
Psalm 56:3-4 "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust
in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my
trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?"
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the
ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the Lord."
Psalm 115:11 "You who fear the Lord, trust in
the Lord; He is their help and their shield."
Matthew 7:7-8,11 "Ask, and it will be given to
you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him
who knocks it will be opened....If you then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask
Mark 11:24-25 "Therefore I say to you, whatever
things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and
you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have
anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven
may also forgive you your trespasses."
Hebrews 13:6 "So we may boldly say: "The
Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a High
Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all
points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find
grace to help in time of need."
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