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Are you anxious or worried about your total financial picture?

Are You Worried About your Finances?
by Dianne Becker

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Several years ago my husband got laid off from his job. I was working, but didn’t earn enough to cover the bills. We definitely had some financial struggles and this was really a difficult time for the whole family. We had three children living at home—two teenagers and one engaged to be married. I was seeing a doctor for back problems and suddenly all of my medications were cut off. This was not the best time to be laid off, with college tuition, a wedding, and health issues. Suddenly, everything we knew to be true had to be put into practice.

Our faith was being tested. Psalms 3:5 (NIV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways and HE will direct your steps.” Trusting God became an everyday endeavor. At times I found myself faced with worry instead of trust. I remembered a poem hanging on my Grandmother’s wall.

Worry never climbed a hill,
Worry never paid a bill,
Worry never dried a tear,
Worry never calmed a fear.
Worry never fixed a heel,
Worry never cooked a meal,
Worry never composed a song to sing,
Actually, worry never did a worthwhile thing. (Author unknown)

This poem portrays ‘Worry’ as a living being. And I believe if we let it, Worry will get the best of us. Worry according to Webster, is to feel uneasy or anxious; fret; torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.

To worry about anything is not trusting God! Worry, like any fear, runs 100% counter to faith in God and His promises. When you don’t trust God, He is not able to answer prayers. If you have been worried or struggling with your finances, perhaps you need to ask God to intervene. He is your provider and He will make a way for you.

Prayer: Lord, Forgive me for trusting in myself and giving in to worry. Help me to trust my finances and my life to you. Amen.


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