My {least} Favorite Verse in the Bible

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It seems that everyone has a favorite verse in the Bible. Some people may call it their “life verse”. These verses are usually uplifting and encouraging. They are verses that give us focus in the morning. Verses that give us hope. Verses that speak to our hearts. Sometimes they change with our life circumstances and sometimes they remain the same.

My {least} favorite verse in the Bible

I doubt there are many people who have a {least} favorite verse. But…I do. You know that verse that just rubs you the wrong way? The one that challenges you? Ugh…that’s really the issue, isn’t it? Well, this is mine. It strikes a chord with me…because I have not let it go. I have not given complete control over to God.

Worry.

Anxiousness.

Fear.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 (ESV)

This one verse gives me grief. How do I not worry – ever? After all, I’m a Mom.

All I do is worry.

I worry about whether they will eat enough when they are infants.

I worry about whether or not they poop enough. Come’on – admit it. You do too.

I worry about if their vocabulary is large enough or if they behind in their development.

I worry about how much they are learning and retaining as a result of homeschooling.

I worry if they are growing too fast…or not fast enough.

I worry if they know just how much I love them. Because let’s face it, I can never tell them enough or show them enough.

I worry if I am adequately teaching them about what really matters – Jesus Christ.

Then God tells me not to worry. Seriously?

Aaaannnndddd…that’s why I dislike this verse.

I mean, how am I not supposed to worry? How do I put aside all those fears that roll around in my head every day? How do I trust Him enough to do away with the worry? It’s not easy, I’ll tell ya that. In fact, it’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. And truth be told, I still struggle with it daily. So, I’m not sure I have 5 magic steps that will alleviate your worry. All I can offer is some tips that have helped me over the years.

  • Pray. Pray when you wake up. Pray in the shower. Pray while you’re putting on your make-up. Pray while you’re doing the dishes. Pray while you’re folding laundry. Pray every waking moment you have breath.
  • Spend time in God’s Word. Spending time in God’s Word is absolutely the most important thing you can do. Reading and dwelling in God’s Word daily will help you understand His promises and why you shouldn’t worry. Time and time again, we see God fulfilling his promises and taking care of His people. So why should I think He would do any less for me?
  • Talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to confide in your husband, a friend or even a counselor if that’s what you need. Sometimes just verbalizing your fears and anxiety is enough to remove them from your mind. Other times, it’s helpful when I “talk it out” and get it out of my system, so to speak. Talking with someone also helps gain a new perspective. Sometimes they just listen, but other times they offer very sound advice that I need to hear.
  • Ask for prayer. Whether it’s in a prayer meeting at church or privately from a few people – you need prayer. Knowing that people are praying for me, somehow makes me more relaxed and keep things in perspective. Just having that support system of faithful prayer warriors is not only comforting, but encouraging.
  • Make a plan. Sometimes I worry about things that I have no control over and those things I simply have to offer up in prayer and continually ask for God to remove that fear. But there are other things that I can help remove or at least reduce my fear – such as whether or not my kids have enough to eat or will learn enough. In those cases, it’s important that I have things in place that will ensure they have enough to eat and learn enough, if not more than they need. Making a meal plan and organizing a grocery list helps me guarantee there will be enough to eat and meals they will enjoy. Planning out our school week, month and year, helps me see that they are actually learning more than I give them credit for. Sometimes I even give them little quizzes to evaluate where they are and put my mind at ease.

So, I guess my {least} favorite verse is really not that at all. In fact, it’s one that has made me grow and stretch the most. Let’s take it in context here.

Do not be anxious

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~Matthew 6:24-34 (ESV)

God’s word gives me comfort and peace about my fears. While I may not have all the answers or the ability to control every. single. situation. I can rest in the fact that HE is in control.

HE is still on the throne.

And in that…I find relief.

Maybe this isn’t my {least} favorite verse…

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. So beautiful and I know we can all relate! Sometimes the most painful verses – the ones that cut to the heart of it – are the ones that change and grow us the most, and the ones where we experience so much of God’s grace. Thanks for sharing your heart with us!

    1. Isn’t that the truth, @ProverbialHomemaker:disqus?! It has definitely stretched me in ways I never imagined!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Yes, I can relate! God has really helped me in this area though. One particular Scripture that I’ve hidden in my heart has helped me tremendously: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) 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.

    Thanks for sharing your heart! 🙂

    1. That is a wonderful Scripture, @lauriemesser:disqus!!! Thank you for sharing it! I need to write it on some cards and tape them to my mirror!!!! 😉

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