I love the scripture verse from Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.”
This wasn’t a scripture verse I knew about until recently, as I have gotten older. It has become a verse I lean on when I feel anxious or worried.
When I was little my parents would say to me, “worry is your middle name” because it seemed like I worried about so much. I would worry about such ridiculous things that in the end, just didn’t matter.
When my parents would say to me, “stop worrying, your going to get an ulcer,” I would say under my breath, “easier said than done,” but all that worry just seemed to complicate my life.
My grandma would tell me to write my worries down on a piece of paper and then offer them up to God. Boy was she a smart lady! I remember all these brilliant words of wisdom from my family over the years.
I wish I could tell you I have changed my ways. I no longer spend time worrying over things I have no control of, but that would be a completely false statement. The difference now is that I have witnessed how the worrying presents harm and unnecessary stress in my life. I now practice little things like: prayer, deep breathing, reading and journaling. I also, tell myself quite often.
“Angela, quit worrying! It will all work out the way it’s supposed to.”
So, I was thinking back to the many times I worried about not keeping up with the demand the month of October would bring with Breast Cancer Awareness. It seemed to pop into my mind each hour of the day, and I would need to dismiss the worry.
- I worried I wasn’t going to be able to order more hoodies because I needed to sell T-shirts or receive donations.
- I worried I wouldn’t have enough new hoodies sewn in time to keep up with requests.
- I worried about the women that requested the hoodies because they had surgeries coming up, and I wanted them to have their hoodie before they got released from the hospital.
- Then, of course, there was the worry of having four children, a career, and all the many things that go along with LIFE.
However, I’m learning everyday how the worrying isn’t necessary! God’s got it!
As I look back on the month of October I realize, God took care of everything HE had planned for me to accomplish that month.
- We mailed out 27 hoodies and kept up with the October demand.
- We had enough volunteers to sew inside pockets
- I was able to place an order last week for additional hoodies, so we can restock our inventory. WHY? I received a donation that covered it.
- I participated in a brunch at Hy-Vee in Lee’s Summit on October 20th where 20% of the sales in the Market Grill went back to Living in Abundance.
- I had help from a friend who got the hoodies to the post office so patients could receive their hoodie as quickly as possible.
In conclusion, God provided the volunteers, friends, donations, and advertisement necessary to get done what I needed to be done.
What I also learned is the few things I didn’t get done, I lived through! They weren’t really a big deal and they are still waiting for me this month!
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of finding out I had breast cancer. As I look back on the past year of my life, there have been many ups and downs, but there is so much to be thankful for and I have come so far in my journey. I am stronger because of it, and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to touch the lives of so many women through Living in Abundance. I have been surrounded by amazing friends, family, and even strangers, who have reminded me of God’s generous love and gifts. Using the words of Lauren Daigle in her song, “Rescue,” God really did “send out an army to find [me]” this past year. All the worrying in the world would have never given me the solutions God provided for me.
If you find yourself worrying, try to offer your worry up to God in prayer, trust, and thanksgiving. It might just mean you start to live your life with a little less worry and more joy!