Bulletin Board Gives Reason to Stop Worrying and to Praise God

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“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere”  (Glenn Turner).

And yet how many of us are self-confessed worry-warts?  We admit to this like it’s a harmless trait. Since it is harmless nothing bad comes of worrying, we conclude, except for a night’s loss of sleep and an upset stomach.

Thinking on verses like these help us find truth: God sees us and provides for us. Therefore worry NOT.

But what is the definition of worry? Here are a few thoughts from the dictionaries.

  • To feel uneasy, anxious, distressed, troubled, or concerned about something
  • To disturb one’s peace of mind
  • To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts
  • To fret

So it’s a lie that worrying is harmless. It disturbs our thinking, robs our peace, and generates negative physical reactions in our body.

Left unchecked worry leads to fear.

There’s an Antidote to Worry . . . “But in those moments when I have found myself gasping for air, feeling that I was going under, I discovered that gratitude truly is my lifesaver. ”

“Even in the most turbulent waters . . .

  • Choosing gratitude rescues me from myself and my runaway emotions.
  • It buoys me on the grace of God, and
  • Keeps me from drowning in what otherwise would be my natural bent toward doubt … negativity … discouragement … and anxiety.” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, 17)

This verse, Matthew 6:26, tells us we don’t need to worry. Since God sees the sparrows and provides for them, won’t He do the same for us? God sees our situations. He knows our needs. He will provide.

If we really believed such news, such marvelous truth, wouldn’t our response be one of gratitude … peace of mind and body … trust in God?

That’s my prayer for you and for me today. That we’d be full of gratitude.

Let’s believe Scripture. Let’s concentrate on gratitude and squash worrying.

“Cultivating a thankful heart is a safeguard against becoming bitter … prickly … and sour. A grateful child of God can’t but help but be a joyful … peaceful … radiant person.” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, 17)

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During November I am writing or posting a photo about something for which I am grateful. This explains why. 

Gratitude for November 9: I am grateful for the insight, godliness, warmth, and frankness of Barb Wilber. She is a life coach and has been helping me sort out a few things.

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Your Turn . . . Are you a worry – wart? . . . Has this post helped you to see worrying in a different light? . . . What is something on your gratitude list

Related Post . . . God is in Control

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NOTE: This bulletin board is in the Children’s Ministry Hallway at church. I got the idea for it from That Artist Woman. I wove the nest. Carol did the rest. Isn’t she awesome?!

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  • 1. Gail  |  . at .

    The nest looks terrific and I really like the overall look to the display. Thanks so much for the link back

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks for the directions and inspiration, Gail. I’ve only done paper weaving and so this was a nice growth. I adore your site and check it weekly for new ideas.

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  • 3. BookWorm Mom  |  . at .

    that is a really cute bulletin board perfect for homes or classrooms.

    thanks for visiting my blog through friday’s five

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    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      You know Book Worm Mom, it would be fun to decorate a seasonal bulletin board at home. I will have to seriously contemplate that.

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