For the months of March and April, Defying Shadows will be dedicating their weekends to sharing Wisdom from the Bible! Be on the lookout for some great posts from some great guest posters, past and new! Today, we welcome a new guest poster, Carolyn! ~Nichole
Sometimes I think I must be the Queen of worry. I can think of a list a mile long of things to be concerned about. Some of them are; my kids, our safety here in Honduras, family issues back home, whether or not I am maintaining my weight, financial concerns, keeping the house clean, and getting everything done on my to do list….
The fact is though, that worry can make us sick. I am living proof of that. I tend to internalize things, and rather than talk about it, I will let things stew. I think too much about possible outcomes and what ifs… All that unnecessary stress landed me in the hospital for four days with a bleeding ulcer! Not fun!
Worry can cause us to lose sleep. We can have trouble focusing. It can zap us of our energy. It can make us grouchy!
Corrie Ten Boom once said…
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
1 Peter 5:7 tells us
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
We can trust God with all the details of our life. Everything! Even if seems like a small thing. He created us and He loves us. He knows exactly how we are wired since he made us that way. He wants us to go to Him with our troubles and concerns, the things that weigh us down and give us that sinking feeling inside. We can pour our heart out to God. He cares about what happens to us. We were not meant to carry things on our own. Nothing is too difficult for God. He will never hang us out to dry.
I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples in the world. Is anything to hard for me?
Can I encourage you to take time to spend in His presence each day? I found the days where I take the time to be still, read His word and talk to Him…the less stressed or anxious I feel that day. He carries me through. Find a time that works best for you. For me it is early in the morning. I rise before 5 am, before the kids are up for school. The house is quiet, not chaotic. It’s the most peaceful time of the day. It’s what works for me, but you might find evenings are better. He will give you the strength you need and the peace needed to make it through each day.
My name is Carolyn Ruttan. I have been married to the love of my life Dale for twenty years this May. We have three amazing teenagers. For almost two years we have lived in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras; in Central America, where we teach the gospel to over 1200 children in the public schools. It is an incredible experience to be able to share about the love of Jesus freely to these kids in their classrooms. The children are learning scripture verses as well.
In my spare time I love to read, write, go for walks with our dog and exercise. I also love to cook and experiment with new recipes. While I love living out our dream in Honduras, I am looking forward to coming back to Canada for a few weeks this summer.