Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Don't borrow your troubles

I don't know if I've mentioned this before- but this year I got involved in being on the leadership team for a teen mom/pregnancy support group at my church. We are called Beauty{full}, and we meet every other Monday with teens from the community who are either pregnant or have children. We meet and always give them a cooking demonstration, and every other Monday we provide a boutique for them to use bucks they earn from the meetings to buy different baby items. We also have a topic each meeting that we discuss in round table groups, or by having a guest speaker.
I have absolutely loved being a part of this group and team.. I learn so much from meeting with these young girls and hearing their struggles and just general outlook on life as a mother in a world that does not always make it easy or acceptable for them to raise their children. Some days break my heart, and others live me feeling so filled and thankful for what I do have.
Anyway, last night we talked about stress and what makes us worry in our everyday lives. The topic and discussion I had with my group really struck a chord with me... and led me to my focus for this year= I guess my "New Year's Resolution 2010": I will not borrow trouble and spin my wheels on worrying.
A big stresser for me is money and the fact that, being a teacher married to a teacher, we never seem to have an abundance. We always make ends meet, but it seems we never have extra money for anything other than necessities. But you know what? I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful that I live simply and focus on the important parts of life. I am thankful that I have a nice home I can be proud of, and that we have never paid a bill late or missed a payment on anything. I am proud that we work hard and earn our living- and that we can say WE have worked to give our family everything we have.
I forget this fact sometimes, and I am guilty of laying awake at night, spinning my wheels on things that are totally out of my control at the moment, and things I cannot change or worry about. For example- I have found my self stressing numerous times about how we are going to pay for full-time daycare for both girls next year. While I think it is important to have this part of our budget be on the radar... we won't have to pay for both girls to go until September! So when I rationally think about it- I 've got plenty of time to spazz out (LOL) and figure it all out; until that point comes, why stress?
So I'm learning to Let Go and Let God- give up my worries in prayer, and live in the today :) focus on what's important. And knowing that, and feeling like I have a good hold on it, makes me feel happy and refreshed!
"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~Matthew 6:34

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

5 comments:

FROGGITY! said...

so true. great post.
worry consumes me when i let it! but God is in control and when we give our burdens to him he is so faithful to shoulder them for us! :) and about making ends meet... i feel ya. we've been living paycheck to paycheck for 5 years and it is no picnic, but it also helps us trust God more... he always somehow provides! so amazing.

(p.s. just saw your ticker: do you really only have 17 more weeks? i am so jealous! that will be here before you know it!)

thelumberjackswife said...

Your pregnancy is going by fast! Ha! For me, anyway. Yes, worry. I am the queen of worrying. Just pray about it. :)

Gemini said...

AMEN!! I try and tell myself to be present in each moment and live each day as it is my last, but it is a daily struggle. I only wish there were more people saying it with me :) Thanks!

FROGGITY! said...

just tagged you!! :)

Lindsay said...

Oh what a great post, and so true. I wish I was better at letting go and letting God take control. I am really working on it, I try not to worry...but some nights my mind just wonders away and worries, too!

And what an awesome thing to be part of on Mondays!! I love that! Good job my dear!!

And OH MY your pregnancy is flying by....for me at least! :)

(((Big Texas hugs to you ma'am))))

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