Thursday, November 15, 2012

Why Worry? Guest Blog from @KarissaLiebe!


I have had so many blog post ideas streaming through my mind lately but have failed to stop and write them. Soon, I promise! In the meantime, I am excited to have Karissa Liebe share with you! Karissa is from Appleton, Wisconsin, is a freshman at Lee University and volunteers in our Student Ministry & Girls Ministry. She is such a joy to be around and I have loved getting to know her! I am confident you will relate, be challenged and be encouraged through her words below...I was! - Suzanne

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I have a tendency to worry. I worry about my family, my friends, and school, but more then anything I worry about my future. I have huge dreams to do big things for God, and I can hardly wait to see those dreams come to be. In the meantime I have acquired a horrible habit of worrying.
“What if I’m not qualified?”
“She could do this so much better then me.”
“Am I missing opportunities?”
The list goes on and on.
I know that God has my best interest in mind. I have memorized verses about waiting on God and not worrying, but I still do it. My worrying makes me sick inside, because I know God is so much bigger and definitely has a better plan than me.
Lately I have been really struggling with this battle. Over the past few months I have been working to rid myself from the things that hold me back. The last thing I have been dealing with is this issue of worrying. I’ve become frustrated because I want to be better. I want to have peace. I want to completely trust God with my life. I have been coming to the end of the rope.
Just as I was becoming desperate I ran across a verse that pierced my heart:
As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. Jeremiah 26:14
I think God purposely waits until we are at the end of our ropes to speak these truths to us. I was just broken enough for these simple words to grip my whole being. Never be afraid to embrace the broken because it is often in these moments that God speaks the loudest.
Don’t worry, breathe, rest in his promises, and wait on the Lord he will never forsake the broken.

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Acts 2:28
-Karissa



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