Worry is often based on expectations we have pre-formulated around our circumstances. For example, we expect to have a comfortable easy life so when events don’t go this way we become miserable and disappointed. A better mindset would be one of expectancy. Instead of worrying about life’s trials, have expectancy of what God can do in and through them. Remind yourself of His character, promises, and goodness. Replace expectations with expectancy on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

The Bible tells us to present our worries to God by prayer, petition and with thanksgiving. Praying is simply communicating with God in a general way. This could be anything from praise, appreciation to confession. A petition is making a specific request to God while acknowledging that He is the one in control. Finally, the Bible tells us to wrap it all up with thanksgiving. This is a powerful three-fold combination. An example of praying this way over a common worry would be; “Heavenly Father, You are loving, powerful and good. I ask you to give me peace as I wait for my test results. Please give me reassurance that You are with me and I will be okay no matter what. Thank You that you have a plan for me that is perfect. Amen.” Practice prayer, petition and thanksgiving on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

If we really knew deep down in our soul how much God loves us, we would see there is no reason to worry. We will still have trouble in this world, but He is going to be right beside us, caring and fighting for our every need. He is in control over everything and can be 100% trusted. True, sometimes His ways are different than our ways, but understanding that He always knows best and will always do the right thing sure helps to put worry in its place. He loves you not for what you’ve done or not done, but simply because you are His beloved child. Understand how much God loves you on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

We all struggle with pride, but many times don’t see it, especially in our worry. The enemy tricks us into believing our worry is simply a normal response. When we worry, we are assuming we are in control and we know better than God as to what should happen in our life situations. Ask yourself what element of pride lies within the particular worry you are fighting right now. Then go to God and confess you have been prideful. Humble yourself and receive forgiveness before your sovereign, loving God. Recognize the pride in worry and be set free on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

We often create unnecessary worry and anxiety by being passive and/or aggressive. For example, we take on extra work in order to passively avoid conflict only to worry how we will have time for family. Or we aggressively snap at our loved one and then worry about the implications for our behavior. Being assertive means to express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others. This life skill breeds healthy communication and peace. Learn to be assertive and your worries will disappear on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

Worries are often created from our overactive imaginations. We take a small concern, such as  our child getting a bad grade, and project it out to believe he or she is going to flunk out of school and have no future. Exaggerating the facts and reality are sure to give you unnecessary worry and fear. Beware of when you are tempted to do this. Share your worry with a trusted friend and ask them to evaluate what is valid and what is exaggerated. Then come back into reality and put your concern into proper perspective. Beware of exaggerated thinking on this “Not Gonna Worry Wednesday”.

Many times our worries are formed from selfish ideals. Ask yourself what the motives are behind the wishful outcomes of your worries. Are they what God would desire for you? Or are they what you desire primarily for comfort, ease or pleasure. If they are good, then be reassured that God is in line with you and no matter what happens, He is always looking out for your best interests.  If they are not godly, consider confessing your selfish motives and surrender the associated worries to your loving God. Test your motives and eliminate worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The Armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. The last piece of equipment we are told to take up is the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.


The Word of God is another name for the Bible. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He answered by speaking scripture. When you are tempted to worry, you can do the same. Speak God’s truth out loud. For example, tell worry “I will not be afraid, I will not be discouraged, for the LORD my God will be with me wherever I go.” (from Joshua 1:9)


Stab worry with the sword of the spirit on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The Armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. Putting on the helmet of salvation is one way we are to do this. 

A helmet protects the head and mind. Some ways we protect our mind from worry is to keep an eternal perspective, learn how to distinguish truth from lies, and know the trusting character of God. These are all aspects of understanding our salvation; the eternal perfect peaceful life we will have with Jesus someday.  

Put on the helmet of salvation and protect your mind from worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The Armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. Taking up the shield of faith is one way we are to do this. Worry is having doubt in what we hope for and cannot see. 

The Bible tells us faith is the exact opposite. Faith is having confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Pray for God to give you more faith in Him to do what’s best and fulfill His promises to you. A shield is something you need to pick up and trust it will protect you. So it is with faith in God. 

Take up the shield of faith and extinguish all the flaming arrows of worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. Having your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace is one way we are to protect ourselves. This means knowing the peace you have through Jesus in the assurance of your salvation, His comfort and help in trials, fullness of life, etc. and always being ready to share this with others. It’s hard to worry when you know and are willing and ready to proclaim where you get your peace from. Arm yourself with the gospel of peace and find protection from worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. The second piece of armor listed is the breastplate of righteousness. This spiritual reference is to the righteousness purchased for us by Jesus at the cross. It is specially designed by God to protect our heart and soul from evil and deception such as the chaos that occurs when our minds stew with worry. Our own righteous acts are not enough to stand up to these attacks but the breastplate of righteousness has Christ’s name stamped on it, as though He said, “Your righteousness isn’t sufficient to protect you so wear mine.” Put on the spiritual breastplate of righteousness to protect yourself against worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

Worry can be more than just our own mental battle. It can also be a spiritual battle. The armor of God is used in the Bible as a metaphor to show us how we can protect ourselves from these spiritual attacks. The first piece of armor listed is the belt of truth. God’s truth can be held up to any lies we are hearing or believing that lead to our worry.  Go to God’s Word or search online for bible verses that correspond to your specific concern. For example, if you are worried about job security, God says He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Read it out loud as a declaration!  Put on the spiritual belt of truth to protect yourself against worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Sometimes we are highly critical of ourselves, put very high expectations on ourselves or think we are the only ones capable of doing certain tasks. This only leads to worry and disappointment. Take a look at your situation and evaluate it appropriately. How important is this?  Are your expectations too high? Should you delegate any responsibilities? Be okay with things not going perfectly, and once in a while laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself too seriously and you will have less worry to deal with on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Did you know God has given you the power and authority to tell worry to go away? The Bible tells us if we have faith and trust in God we can speak directly to the mountain, tell it to move and God will move it. The mountain represents our issue or problem, like worry. God also tells us He can work with as much faith as you have, even if it is only as small as a mustard seed. You can always pray for God to take your worry away but a better prayer would be for you to speak directly to it like He told you to do. “Worry, in the name of Jesus Christ, leave me alone! You have no right to bother me. My peace comes from my Savior Jesus Christ.” Speak to worry with God’s power and authority on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

We are vulnerable to worried thoughts if we are standing still. Sitting quietly in our worries is not where God wants us, isolated, with only ourselves to help us. The more we move forward, the more opportunity for God to bless us and bring us peace. Read the Bible. Go to your favorite coffee shop. Schedule a meeting with a trusted friend. Volunteer at your church or favorite charity. Take a walk on a beautiful day. We often don't know our destination as we move forward, but our Father in heaven does. Trust that He will guide you to peace as you move. There are multitudes of positive experiences you will open yourself up to. God can bring you new perspectives, encouraging people, solutions, unexpected joy, etc. Keep moving forward and leave your worries behind on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

If you don’t know how to appropriately handle criticism, you will always deal with looming worries about receiving it. Respond to critique first by objectively determining what if any part of it is truthful and constructive. Be strong and humble enough to appreciate this feedback and use it to better yourself. Any remaining unjust judgement must be let go of. Make a point to not receive any of the lies. Maybe do some physical act like brushing off your arms to symbolize how you will not take in the falsehood. Then make a truthful statement of affirmation that speaks directly against the offense. Repeat this statement to yourself as many times as you need to. Finally, go to God for healing and comfort with any remaining hurt. Deal appropriately with criticism and you will not be worried about receiving it on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worries gain power the longer we harbor and entertain them in our mind and souls. Find someone you can trust who will be gentle and understanding yet honest with you. Ask if you can share your worried thoughts and get their advice about them. Exposure of worry in itself is very beneficial because it reveals how irrational many of our thoughts really are. Ask your confidant to help you discern between what is a healthy concern and what is a needless worry. Decide if there are any action steps you can take to subside the concern or get rid of the worry. Finally, pray for God to give you direction in how to move forward in His peace. It would be wonderful if your friend could also pray with you. Discuss your worries and they will lose power on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

It may seem that it is our weakness that leads us to worry. For example, we may think we are inadequate in public speaking so we worry about embarrassment and possible failure. If we can see and react to our weakness in a different way, however, we can ward off our anxious mindset. God makes it clear that when we come to Him and admit we cannot get through trials in our own strength, He is always there to help us and bring us peace.(Philippians 4:6-7) There are many examples in the Bible of God using people through their weaknesses to fulfill His purposes and display His amazing glory. Moses felt he was not gifted in speech, yet God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and free them from slavery. Turn to God in your weakness and tap into His strength on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry is often formed from hopeless exaggerated assumptions; many times using absolute words like never or always. “I’m never going to get out of debt.” “I’m always going to have chronic worry and anxiety.” The truth is you cannot predict the future. Only God knows what is approaching and what is best for you. Most likely, God doesn’t want to just get you out of debt or manage your anxiety but wants to bring you prosperity and full healing. So when you do make assumptions, make them realistic, but also line them up with God’s character and His ways. If you are going to use absolutes, use them about God. “He is always faithful.” “He will never leave me or forsake me.” Make godly assumptions and watch your worries fade away on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Being overly hard on yourself does nothing more than harbor stress and worry.  Take some time to evaluate all the areas of your life that you have been overly critical of. How do you talk to yourself? Would you talk to someone someone else in the same way? Take all your judgmental critiques to Jesus and lay them at His feet. Jesus forgives you for everything you repent of so nothing could ever be reason enough to hold against yourself. Accept His forgiveness and then forgive yourself. Say it out loud if you have to. Forgive yourself and move on from worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

God’s Word is one of the best ways to counteract worry. The Bible can be difficult to understand, however, especially if not read in the right context or interpretation.  Consider taking these steps when studying scripture: 

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to illuminate your study.
  2. Read the verse or passage as many times as you need to get familiar with it. You may even want to read it out loud.
  3. Look to any footnotes or commentary to see what was going on in history, who wrote the book and why. (A study Bible is great for doing this.)
  4. Sum up what is being said in one sentence. 
  5. Come up with an application - a way to apply it to your life today.
  6. Consider memorizing all or part of what you read.

Study scripture so God’s Word can speak to your worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry should not be something we struggle with if we truly understand what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross (the crucifixion). He voluntarily took the consequence we deserve for our sin, enduring cruel violence, mockery and death. God sent His son, Jesus, to do this so we can have final victory over sin eternally but also so we can have victory over sin today. The price for our sinful worry has been paid for. If we accept this gift, therefore, we can experience His peace and reassurance starting now. There are so many facets of the crucifixion to learn and ponder about. Go to the Bible to read more (Mark 15:21-32). Go to a church service on Easter Sunday and maybe even one on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Understand the crucifixion so you can understand why you don’t need to worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Do you have any wounds that have not been fully healed? Is there someone you need to forgive to release resentment or bitterness that have taken root? We all have painful moments that if not dealt with will give way to stress and worry. Go to God in deep prayer. Speak to Him candidly about your feelings. Seek help from a pastor or professional counselor. Healing is not quick and easy. It takes time and effort but the rewards will be priceless; a new peaceful heart and spirit. Find inner healing and lose your worries on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

What is the reason you are here? What were you made to do? Where you made to worry? No! Searching for your purpose and what you were uniquely gifted to do will put your mind on the right track to positive meaningful thinking. Knowing your purpose has also been linked to hope. Pray to God, your Creator. Ask Him to give you insight into what your unique calling is. Experiment by taking a class, exploring a hobby, or simply discover what your gifts and passions are. Ponder your purpose instead of your worries on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Worry and anxiety are often created by harsh over-reactions made in an attempt to control our circumstances. We may worry about our child getting into trouble so we yell at them with a threatening lecture or we may react with a sarcastic comment to someone who has a bad habit we are worried about. These are not gentle or productive approaches and often make the anxiety and worry increase. On the contrary, reacting with gentleness requires self-confidence and wise control over our impulses and emotions. A gentle spirit, therefore, may not only prevent  unnecessary worry and stress but could even resolve worrisome conflicts and situations. Develop a gentle spirit and watch worry fade away on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

To delight means to find great joy and pleasure in someone or something. If we would choose to delight in the Lord everyday, we would see there is no reason to worry. Delight in God by contemplating who He is. Pick a characteristic, like His goodness, peace or grace and think about all they ways He shows that to you. Talk to Him throughout your day. Read His Word (the Bible). Look for Him at work in all the details of your life. Delight in the Lord on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

God is more interested in the development of your heart than in making your life easy. How often do we go to God asking Him to take away our worry by changing the circumstances we are worried about? There’s nothing wrong with this, but most often God is probably looking to take away our worry as we go through the struggle rather than escape from the struggle. It is through the difficulties that we see God can be relied upon, He is with us, and can provide peace no matter what we are going through. God is more interested in changing your worried heart into a peaceful trusting one than in changing your circumstances. Expect God to change your heart before anything else on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

The words we speak over ourselves have power. If repeated continually those words can even become our reality. What are you saying about yourself and your current situations? Are you speaking words of defeat that turn to worry or words of victory that bring peace? When you continue to describe your situation as hopeless it will continue to be so. If you constantly speak about your weakness you are never giving room for change. Declare new statements that proclaim Gods promises for you even if they don’t match your current status or feelings. “I am secure in God’s peace." "I am blessed." "I am capable." "I am gifted." "I am redeemed." "God promises me a peace that transcends understanding.” Speak words of victory over worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

God gives us boundaries for how we should live and even think. He warns us against letting valid concerns cross over the line into worry. This happens when we fret about situations out of our control and/or let these negative thoughts ruminate and take over our mind. We especially cross over the line when we do not hand them over to the Lord and trust in His care and protection. God creates these boundaries for us not to make life difficult but to keep us healthy, happy and safe. He loves you and does not want worry to steal away your joy and peace. Understand God’s boundaries around worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

Apprehension is anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen. Let go of apprehensive worries by training yourself to think the opposite. Imagine instead all the good and pleasant experiences that could come from the situation. For example, if you are apprehensive about starting a new job, picture yourself with new confidence, excited about what you will accomplish and the new relationships you will form. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be realistic, but trust there will be positive results from any challenges that develop as well. Finally, give God the apprehension in return for His trust and good plan for you to prosper. Tackle apprehension on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday.

It is a choice to worry. The initial thought may come into your mind without you willing it but what you do with it next is always a choice. You can entertain the worried thought, letting it spiral into a bigger more irrational lie or you can take responsibility for it. Determine what you have the right to and/or ability to control in the situation and take action on those items. Then, give the rest over to God. Apologize for not trusting God’s sovereign control, goodness, plan and timing. Ask God to take away your worry, change your heart, and fill you with His perfect peace. Take responsibility for your worry on this “Not Gonna Worry” Wednesday. 

Do you have friends or relatives you are worried about? Why not pray a blessing over them? It could be silently in your own space or if possible out loud with your hand on their shoulder. A simple example could be; “Lord, bless Angela with Your loving light and presence today.” Everyone enjoys to be blessed and it will remind you that God has loving control over their lives and future. Also, don’t forget about the difficult people in your life. You don’t know what hardships they are going through and they probably need your prayers more than anybody. Pray blessings over others and forget all about your worries on this “Not Gonna Worry Wednesday”.

When stuck in a worry rut we tend to want to isolate, but this is the worst thing we can do. Left on our own, our imaginations have time to go wild, assume the worst and ruminate on negative thoughts. Getting out to be with friends or family that have a positive impact on you, can provide a very healthy distraction from worry. Listening to and caring for others shifts the focus off of ourselves and gives us meaningful purpose and joy. God made us to be in relationship with each other. When we love, help, and find joy in other people, we are doing what we were naturally created to do. Enjoy people and forget about worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Sometimes we respond to our worries by trying to take matters into our own hands when it isn't appropriate to do so. Fear of poor grades, for example, might cause a parent to hover and help a little too much with their child's homework. This may temporarily help the immediate worry but the child doesn't learn independence or consequence of bad study habits and therefore there is even more to worry about in the end. Manipulating in these types of situations also may be interfering with God's will and timing. Problem-solving can be okay and even good, but not if it is motivated primarily by worry. Control your need to fix on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil He answered by quoting the Word of God. You can do this too when you are tempted to worry. Read Bible verses out loud about the peace that comes from God. Turn scripture into prayer to fight worry, such as, "I cast all my anxiety unto you, God, because you care for me." (I Peter 5:7)  Or speak to worry directly saying, for example, “Worry be gone! I claim the peace that transcends all understanding that I have through Jesus Christ!" (from Philippians 4:7).  Quote scripture in response to worry on this Not Gonna Worry Wednesday.

We all have good and bad patterns of thinking ingrained in us over time. These come from many areas of our life such as experience, personality and disposition. When we develop a worry pattern, such as always being drawn to the negative in a situation, it becomes a strong pathway in our brain. The more we practice this worry habit the harder it is to break. Nothing is impossible with God, however. He wants to renew your mind; block off that path and forge a new one. Recognize your thought patterns that lead to worry, confess them, and pray for God to help you plan a new way to think based on His truth and promises. Change your thinking and find new peaceful pathways on this Not Gonna Worry Wednesday.

Starting a new year can be a good time to reflect back on the past and look forward into the future to set goals, change habits, etc. However, if we are not careful we can become consumed in the past and/or future. This can allow worry to creep in and steal away your present day joy and peace. God has given you just enough provision, grace and strength for today. Don't try to tap into tomorrow's supply. The Bible says "do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own." (Matthew 6:34) So go ahead and reflect back on 2018 and set goals for 2019 but don't lose sight of today on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.


It's so easy to put our physical, emotional and spiritual health on the back-burner during this busy season. We tell ourselves we will exercise, focus on our relationships, or start reading the Bible after the New Year. But this just makes worry more rampant. Shouldn't the busyness make our health even more of a priority so we can be stronger and more stable as we manage holiday stress? Go on a walk, do something nice for someone, read the Christmas story in Luke 2. Stay healthy and keep worry at bay with a balanced body, mind and spirit on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

With more to do during this busy holiday season, there is more to worry about. Activities we plan to enjoy, like finding gifts for our loved ones or going to the neighborhood Christmas party, can soon become tasks that we can't wait to complete. Be intentional about enjoying the moments of this special time of year. Soak in the smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies. Find ways to create fun memories with your friends and family. Sit still for a few minutes taking in the beautiful lights on a Christmas tree. Savor these moments and be thankful for them. Especially take time to find joy in the miracle of Jesus, our Prince of Peace, who takes all our worries away on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Putting unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others is common this time of year. We picture the "perfect" Christmas gathering. We think we have to find the "perfect" gifts for our loved ones. We devise a to do list that is completely unreasonable to accomplish our "perfect" Christmas. This sets us up for needless pressure and worry. Many times, we unintentionally even squeeze out Jesus, who should be the center of our celebration. Pray over your to do list. Ask yourself what is most important for you to experience this holiday season. Then evaluate if your expectations are in line with your values. Keep realistic holiday expectations and cross off all unnecessary worries on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

One of the best ways to combat worry is by being thankful. Take time to notice all the blessings in your life. Then, throw a quick "thank you" up to God, either out loud or silently, for what comes to mind throughout the day. This could be for something as significant as for a loved one all the way down to your simple cup of coffee in the morning. Being thankful is not a feeling but a practice that eventually leads to a positive mindset. Worry cannot co-exist with a grateful attitude so thank God frequently on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday. 

Worrying leads us down a tunnel of darkness where pessimism and lack of trust in God block the light within us. Bring the light back by imagining good outcomes to your worrisome situations, meditating on a Bible verse about light, or listening to an upbeat encouraging song. Then, ask yourself how you can be a light to those around you. Maybe it is by complimenting a friend or family member, doing something nice for someone or simply putting a smile on your face. Just like worrying can become a pattern of thinking, so can living in the worry-free light of Jesus Christ. Be a light that cuts through the darkness of worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Our worries are oftentimes narrow focused - zeroing in on only the negative and judging when and how things should be resolved. Try expanding your view to see all the good that could result in the situation no matter what the outcome. For example, what if your child's bad grades teaches her some valuable life lessons? Or what if that health diagnosis brings you closer to God and prepares you to help and inspire others? Widen your view to see God and all His goodness in your circumstance. At the minimum, you can always see the big picture by seeing God in it. He will always equip you and stand with you no matter what life throws your way. See the big picture and your worries will go out of focus on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Worry is a bully. It will torment you for as long as you let it, making you believe you are helpless and hopeless in your situation. Don't believe this lie any longer! Stand up to worry. Admit you have let it in. Confess this to God and even others if that helps. Receive God's forgiveness and invite Him in to fight your battle for you. Stand with God and claim victory over worry. Shout it out loud if you have to, "I claim victory over worry!" Be the victor, not the victim on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Worries tend to stem from having an intense critical nature. We start asking, "what if?", and our mind goes down the road of negativity. We can get stuck in this analytic state, imagining all that is or could go wrong. Recognize when you start becoming too critical. Switch your view to analyze all that is positive and change your "what ifs" to imagine all that could go well. Put your trust in God and His goodness and rest in His promises that are 100% more reliable than your critique of the situation. Be less critical and you will have less worry to deal with on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Worrying is always about something that will or could take place in the future. Therefore, if you stay in the present you can avoid the potential for worry. Do this by asking yourself about your five senses. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel right this very moment? Whatever comes to mind, (make sure it is positive) be appreciative of it no matter how small or insignificant it seems. For example, you may take in and be grateful for your coffee in the morning. Linger on the taste of each sip, the warmth of the mug in your hand. Show your gratitude by writing it down in a gratitude journal or throwing up a quick thank you to God. Stay in the present and let your worrying stay in the past on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

We are instructed over and over in the Bible to release our worries to God through prayer. The Bible also confirms there is great power in praying with others. Not only does it encourage the person being prayed for to hear their plea going up to heaven on their behalf, but it is also a great privilege to return the favor and pray for someone else. Praying for another allows us to connect with the Holy Spirit in a different way and conveniently takes our mind off your own personal struggles. If this scares you to pray out loud, remember prayers do not need to be long, poetic or eloquent, only honest. It may be awkward at first, but you will be blessed and amazed how praying with a spouse, friend, colleague can launch you into new ground in your battle against worry. Be bold and find someone to pray with on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday. 

Worry is always born from a place of despair; choosing to view our worrisome situation as hopeless, discouraging, causing anguish. This is not only a depressing way to live but useless and irrational because nobody can really know the future outcome of any situation. It is even more irrational if you are a Christian, because you have so many promises of hope in Christ - hope in salvation, hope in forgiveness, hope in wisdom, home in freedom, hope in peace, etc. Maybe the question isn't what you hope in but Who you hope in. Find your source of hope and look at your circumstances through that lens. Replace despair with hope and there will be no cause for worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

To worship means to give reverence and devotion to something or someone. How much attention do you give your worries? Do you think about them often? Are you constantly telling others what you are worried about? Sacrificing your time, energy and focus to worry is in essence an act of worship. Instead of ruminating on your problems, meditate on God's promises to always be with you in the midst of your struggles, love you despite your worried tendency, and want the best for you always. Worship God, not your worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday. 


How powerful do you believe God is? Your measure of His strength could be in direct relation to how much you worry. If you believe God is all powerful, in complete control and always good, then you really have no reason to worry. Increase your faith and understanding in how sovereign and mighty God really is by reading bible verses on His power. Meditate on these descriptions and miraculous works. Ask for the faith to increase your belief in His power so your worries can go away on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

When we are worried and stressed, all focus is on ourselves. Turn away from your own issues and notice others. What are their needs? Do something nice for someone. Invite someone out for coffee, mow your neighbor's lawn, watch a young mom's kids. It could even be something as simple as smiling at a stranger. Blessing someone will not only distract you from your own selfish worries, but will most likely bring you purpose and joy. And it's hard to worry when you are filled with purpose and joy! Be a blessing to someone today and don't be surprised if you become blessed with no worries on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Many times the healthy love and concern we have for our loved ones turns unhealthy when we try to cling a little too tightly. We may cross the line when they become our ultra focus and we falsely believe we can control their behavior and/or circumstances. What's more, hovering over the people we care about with needless worry and control could mean we are possibly getting in the way of what God wants to do. God has the perfect and best plan for those you love and for you. Trust in that plan and release your loved ones to Him on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

chainbreakWe worry many times about inheriting afflictions passed down from our family. Maybe your family has a history of anxiety, depression, cancer or addiction and you falsely think it's not just a matter of if you will inherit the same problem but when. This is a hopeless and destructive mindset and a complete waste of time and energy to ruminate over. Pray and give God permission to come in and cut off this pattern of thinking. Break the chain and walk in freedom on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

prayinghandsStart your day off right with your first thoughts going out to God. Praise Him and tell Him your inner most thoughts even if they are worries that are already present in your mind. Say the Lord's prayer or adapt prayer from scripture like the prayer of Jabez. Jabez was a man from the old testament who cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.'" (1 Chronicles 4:10) Say a morning prayer to ward off any worry right from the beginning on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

learningKeeping your mind active and occupied with new knowledge, new skills, new passions, keeps you from wandering off in worry. Learn a new skill. Learn about a topic that interests you. Learn a new way of doing something. Maybe you even want to learn new ways to cope with worry. Whatever it is, learning keeps you in the present while also creating a positive goal for the future. Keep learning and you will stop worrying on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Simply put, worry is a lack of trust in God because it assumes we know the best outcome for our worrisome situations. The truth is, however, God is the only one who can be trusted to know and do what's best for us. He loves you immensely and has a wonderful perfect plan for your life, even if it's hard to fathom or understand right now. Get to know God's loving and faithful character by reading His word, praying to Him and talking to others about Him. Once you learn of his trustworthiness, you will see your need to let go of your worries and simply trust on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11


Sleep is vital to your physical health. It is when you are asleep that your body heals and repairs itself. Proper rest also promotes healthy brain function. The way you feel when you are awake is linked to the quality of sleep you received the night before. Obviously, then, you are less likely to worry when you are feeling refreshed and energetic after a good nights sleep. If anxiety is keeping you awake, try staying away from caffeine, external lights or screen time right before you go to bed, or consider seeing a doctor if it is a consistent problem. Get your sleep and say good night to worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.


Next time you get stuck with a ruminating worry, ask Jesus about it. So many times we go to God with our worry by asking for Him to take it away or change our circumstance to make it more comfortable or certain, but that might not be God's best for us. Instead, try having a conversation with Jesus by starting with the question, "What do you think about this?" Then sit still, wait and listen for a response. That response could come in the form of a new thought, a specific scripture or unexplained peace. Ask Jesus, "What do you think?" on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Music has a profound therapeutic impact on our well-being. It can lower blood pressure, affect mood, even redirect our thinking. Find some music that will help you relax and provide a natural escape from your ruminating worries. Try listening to Christian music to provide added benefit. The words of God's promises can be very encouraging and give you a completely different perspective on your worry. Listen to music and silence worry on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.

Here is a list of some great songs to help you with worry: 12 Christian Songs to Ease the Anxious Mind

Before you can tackle worry you need to understand it. To worry is to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. It is different than having a valid care or concern. An appropriate concern will either move you to action or allow you to put it in the hands of God and let go of it. Whereas, worry is a thought that takes control, one you ruminate on, and keep entertaining. Understand worry and you will be set up to begin the battle against it on this "Not Gonna Worry" Wednesday.


It seems the same pattern plays out for me every Christmas season. I go through these phases: the "Dreaming" phase, the "Busy Bee" phase, the "Delusional" phase and finally I fall into the reality of what Christmas is all about. Here is my story in a "video song kind of thing". Maybe it will help you stay focused this Christmas season.:)

Do you ever sense you are receiving a repeated message in your life? Maybe a common theme or specific instruction? Over the last few weeks, I have undoubtedly been experiencing this. The theme of gratefulness keeps subtly creeping into various moments of my life.

It all started with One Thousand Gifts, a book about how the author, Ann Voskamp, took on a dare to write down 1,000 things she's grateful for. A few days later, the speaker at a ministry event I attended shared about joy. True joy, I learned, is a gift from God that cannot be sought after. Because it is a gift from God, only He can decide when to give it. There is one practice though, that you can do to make way for joy - and that is gratitude. 

About a week later, I ran into a friend/acquaintance of mine, someone I've served with, someone I admire for her amazing faith and energetic spirit. She told me she had recently been diagnosed with a rare life-threatening disease. "Oh I'm so sorry," I choked out.

Her response shocked me. "Oh don't be sorry. I'm excited! I can't wait to see what God is going to do through this situation." What?!Was she grateful even in the midst of what the world would claim as devastating circumstances? 

Okay, God's got my attention now! Maybe I should do something with this newfound gratitude idea. I decided to make a gratitude board. Nothing fancy, a piece of tag board with G-R-A-T-I-T-U-D-E spelled out across the top. Okay I did use colorful markers but that's the extent of the fanciness. I taped it up on the laundry room door and told the family about it. I didn't expect any contributions from them. It seemed more like a "girly thing" to do, but I wanted to at least explain my new decor. However, within a few days, my husband and sons had written things on there like duct tape, bunnies, ladders, etc. 

That night, my senses were wide open to practicing this new act of gratitude. I had a nice dinner with my boys and as I was cleaning out the garage I heard my 17 year-old ask my younger son to play mini-baseball. Mini-baseball is a game my 13 year-old made up that uses mini-bats, balls made out of duct tape (now you know you wrote duct tape on the gratitude board), and cardboard taped to a dollie with a smiley face made out of you-guessed-it duct tape for the strike zone. They played, laughed, and acted goofy while I, as mom, took it all in. I wrote another entry on the gratitude board - "when my big boys play little boy games together". I was so grateful I almost burst, and my heart was filled with joy. 

As I work on my Bible Study lesson the next morning, I page to Ephesians to find the verse about the fruits of the spirit. My eyes move instead right to a passage I have underlined, only it's not the fruits of the spirit verse (turns out that one's in Galatians) but it's a verse about music. It appears I had really been moved by these verses when I originally read them years ago. They were underlined many times over and over and I had noted beside the verses that it was 2003 and that I had just discovered my passion for writing Christian music. 

"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:19-20

Here in the middle of what could be a "life-verse" for me, was the gratefulness message again - "always giving thanks to God for everything..."

Later, I coninue my reading in One Thousand Gifts and what Bible verse does she quote? Ephesians 5:20! Okay, now this is getting funny. I grin once again with gratitude for the repeated messages God sends me in many different ways, over and over again, until I finally get it. For this I am grateful!


DezifaceAll I could do was laugh. Here we were, my son, Tyler, and I in the veterinary office with a captured stray dog. Was I actually going to be taking her home? I envisioned the moment we caught her. What would we do? What would SHE do? She was so afraid of people. I pictured her growling, showing her teeth, nipping at whoever handled her first. Instead, I watched as she timidly walked out of the animal trap, then gently took treats from Amy, the vet tech, then from Dr. Cotton, then me. Within minutes, she let us pet her and jumped up on our laps. What? This dog that had wandered into my yard at first as a nuisance, was now wandering into my heart. It was like I had been told I was going to have another baby at age 46. We never dreamed of getting another dog but here she was and I felt like she was begging for us to take her home, at least for a while. All I could do was laugh! Deziatvet

This dog had been seen in our neighborhood numerous times over the last year but was now specifically hanging out around our property. It was annoying at first because our dog, Walle, begged to go outside every chance he could get – even 12:00 midnight to play with her. (I later figured out she was in heat at the time. That explains a lot!) She would prance into the boundaries of our invisible fence and as soon as Walle was too much for her, she’d jump back out. They had a blast but I was still a little perturbed at the owner for letting her run loose like this.

She had no collar and was out in the frigid cold temperatures sometimes as late as midnight. But then I noticed some things weren’t quite right if she indeed had a home. The patio furniture pillows on our front porch were messed up every morning. As soon as I let Walle out the front door he would passionately sniff the patio couch. “Hmm, was she sleeping here?” I also noticed she would run off to my neighbors shed and disappear. Days later, after tracing her footprints in the snow, I discovered she was indeed finding shelter under this makeshift shed. Was it enough, though, to endure the below zero temperatures being forecasted?

I tried so hard to get close to her, but she would run at the first sight of any human. Finally, I did get close enough to zoom in for a picture to post on Facebook. That’s when my whole perspective changed.

The Facebook comments from neighbors as well as reports from Animal Control revealed that she had been a stray for over a year now. Our neighbors found her sleeping on their patio furniture, snooping in their garages and playing with their dogs too.

We were in the middle of a cold spell with temps dropping to minus 20, even minus 30 degrees at night. This had everyone concerned. Fellow dog lovers, people I had forgotten I was even friends with on Facebook, started rallying behind this orphan dog, offering help in catching her- loaning me their kennels, giving encouragement and advice. I wasn’t the only one caring about this four-legged survivor. She had an instant following! Everywhere I’d go, people would ask, “Have you caught her yet?”

Now that I knew her sleeping and hiding places, I was on a mission to build her trust. I love watching the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and I remembered a few things from that show in dealing with fearful dogs. I also searched the Internet on how to approach a shy dog. So I must have looked like I was completely nuts, but here’s what I did. I walked down the driveway, past the shed, pretending to eat something out of a little ziplock baggie. I made smacking noises while crouching down, dropping bits of food on the driveway. I would then pretend to pick those pieces of food up to eat again. She never did come to me when I did this, but the next few times she appeared she was getting closer to me and not running off as fast. In fact, the next day as I walked Walle down the driveway she crawled out from underneath the shed, stood totally still and stared at us. It was as if she wanted to follow us into the house but just couldn’t muster up enough trust and courage.

I started putting dog food out on the porch as well as a kennel with warm blankets for her to sleep in. She gobbled everything up and slept in the kennel at night but I couldn’t for the life of me trap her or get her to come near me. Again, I think she wanted to, but in her mind that was just too risky. There was one day, she even stood outside the glass storm door looking in at Walle and I. She was right there! At least I was able to finally get close to her, but only because of the door between us, offering her protection.  

Finally, we rented a live trap as our last chance effort in catching her. I didn’t want to do it this way, but knew it was ultimately the best thing for her. We baited it with a hot dog and peanut butter but it was so cold and no sign of her so figured it was useless.  We brought the trap inside that night and put out the kennel with blankets and patio pillows to simply help her survive the upcoming below zero night.

The next morning, I was met with a blast of cold air as I opened the front door to let Walle out. All I could think about was if I would see her today. Walle went over and immediately sniffed the kennel on the porch. “Oh thank goodness! She must have been there last night,” I thought.  He kept sniffing and sniffing though, until a little head peaked out of the kennel! She was still in there! I was standing with the front door cracked open only a few feet from her! She slowly pranced out of the kennel, I’m sure her body half frozen. She walked passed me and stopped. We had never been this close! I opened the door a bit more and tried to coerce her inside. She again just looked at me, thinking about it, I’m sure feeling the warm air drifting out from the house, but then took off back into the neighbors shed where she perceived it to be safest. 

That morning we put the trap out, but again, no luck. I figured she was finding shelter in the shed and it was just too cold to leave, even for food. I checked Facebook and was met by messages and posts of all her followers wondering what her status was. I posted the latest happenings but this time I added, “Please pray that we catch her, or if nothing else she survives another frigid cold day and night.” I walked away from the computer unsettled about her situation, but hopeful and glad I finally brought God into it. Why do I wait so long to do that, thinking prayers like this one are trivial to Him? I know better! Nothing is too small or little to bring to God. As I continued to walk into the kitchen I heard some crying and whining noises.  I ran to the laundry room window and looked out at the trap. We caught her! God answered our prayer in a matter of minutes!

Tyler and I carried the trap into the garage to keep her warm while we waited to get to the clinic. You already heard what happened at the vet but let me update you on what’s happened since. We obviously brought her back home and she has instantly become part of our family. She is a complete sweetheart with a loving, gentle temperament, always looking for a lap to cuddle up in. I don’t know what her history is. She had no collar, no microchip and has not been spayed. The vet estimates her age at about 1 ½ - 3 years old -so young to be out on her own! This little puppy, however, has taught me so much already, about trust.

She was afraid of people, but she didn’t let her history or time in the wild keep her from trusting us and because of that she will have a warm home, with plenty of food, a family that loves her and a much more joyful life. She is an inspiration, a survivor and has especially shown me how trust in God, my Ultimate Provider, Caretaker and Father is always worth the risk. Whether you bravely walk through the front door, shyly seek Him out, or even if you have to let Him catch you first, trust that You will find a warm home and better life when you are rescued by Him.

As I finish writing this, she is nestling on my lap looking at me with those cute little brown eyes. All I can do is laugh!


lighttherapypicI am currently undergoing light therapy. I have 10,000 lux of light shining on my face and it’s making me happy. You see, after coming home from a week in the sunny Caribbean, I found myself battling the “blahs” of cloudy Minnesota grey. I was amazed at how my mood was so affected by the light, or lack thereof. Could light be that powerful? After doubting and fighting it for several days, I decided to invest in a therapy lamp. The manual for my sunlamp says just 15-30 minutes a day of light therapy can make a difference in your mood, especially if you do this repeatedly for more than three days straight. Even though I was still a bit skeptical, I tried it, and am now a believer in the light! 

I am also a believer in the light of Jesus. If I can soak up at least 15-30 minutes a day of His light; learning about Him, praying to Him, trying to be more like Him, I bet that would also very positively and powerfully affect my mood. Then, what if I reflected that light onto others?  What if I could be light therapy to someone else? Just 15-30 minutes a day…  Here’s three ideas I came up with in how I could do this:

1.  Pick up the old-fashioned phone and call a friend who is struggling instead of just sending a quick convenient text.

2.  Invite someone to coffee that I suspect might be fighting the blahs too.

3.  Greet my family cheerfully when they walk in the door, attentively listening to them instead of nagging about things they should do.

Speaking of family, what if I shined light on them for 15-30 minutes a day for more than three days straight? I think my house might become brighter, despite the grey outside!

Yes, light is powerful and positively affects your spirit! Get your light therapy every day and be light therapy to others!


cindyatpianoFinding Your Passion

Do you have a passion?  This is one of my favorite topics to speak on because I watch people go from being confused and frustrated, “I don’t have a passion,” to getting a twinkle in their eye, to talking fast and furious, about something they discover they are passionate about. I guess I’m passionate about helping people find their passions because I’m typing really fast right now!


Four Steps to Finding Your Passion:


1.  Inventory your gifts and talents.

These are the natural talents and abilities you were born with and the spiritual gifts God gives every believer. Don’t know what your spiritual gifts are? Google “spiritual gifts inventory” and find out!


2.  Evaluate your experiences.

Think of your life experiences and don’t forget about the challenges you’ve endured. Many times, God will use you to bring hope and healing to others based solely on a trial you went through and survived.


3.  Dream

What are your desires, hopes, interests and ambitions? Don’t forget to dream big!


4.  Go to God, your Creator.

He is the one who made you and knows you inside out.


I discovered my passion for songwriting after reading The Purpose Driven Life  in a Bible Study group at our church. I got stuck on the question “What are you doing when you lose track of time?” I couldn’t think of anything and was jealous of others in my group who knew what their passions were. Author, Pastor, Rick Warren, suggested doing something if you weren’t sure what your passions were that I thought was so profound. He suggested going to God. 

God? Hmm. Up until this point I had looked everywhere for what I was made to do or be in life; society, personality tests, talent surveys, self-help books, Oprah. These were all helpful but I never thought of going to the One who made me in the first place, my Creator.  So I did this. I started praying for a passion, which seemed rather trivial at the time.


A few weeks later, while my husband was away on a fishing trip, I got my two boys to bed, put in my new Eagles CD and plopped down on the couch to finally have some down time.  Paging through the CD jacket, I started reading the lyrics and what inspired the artists to write each song. Then I began to write “searching for a purpose…wishing for a passion…God reveal Your plan for me.” I walked over to our new piano and clumsily plunked out a melody. Feeling a bit tired, I glanced at the clock. It was 2:00 am! I had lost track of time! God had listened to my seemingly “trivial” prayer by giving me an answer I never would have dreamed of - a passion to write music!


I tell you that story first, to encourage you to keep an open mind. Consider things you’ve never considered before and secondly, don’t forget about your Creator in the process. He knows you better than anyone.


Finding your passions is an exciting lifelong journey. Have fun with it!


By the way, those lyrics I mentioned eventually developed into my first song called, “Searching For a Purpose.” I’d like to give you a free mp3 of this song just for reading this blog. You can get it by clicking the link below.


Free mp3 “Searching For a Purpose”



I was recently asked to give my faith story at Westwood Community Church. Rather than blogging this month, I thought I would share the video with you. If you don't have time to watch and listen to Pastor Brian's message on "Worry and Anxiety," click about 3/4 of the way in to find my 4 minute deal. Here it is... 

question markMy Four-Day War


I teach, preach and even sing about finding victory over worry. So imagine my dismay when I found myself face to face again with this ugly troublemaker.

The dreaded letter came indicating there was a “finding” on my latest mammogram and that I needed to go in for further testing. I would love to tell you my first prompting, upon opening the letter, was to go straight to God – thanking Him that I live in a world where He has provided state-of-the-art machinery and wise doctors to detect these conditions; that I immediately basked in the peace of knowing, no matter what the outcome, He would be with me and that is enough. Or at least, even if my first thought was not to go to God, it would have been something positive; “I’m a healthy woman. I’m sure it’s nothing and even it if it is there’s no use worrying about this.” 

But no, I don’t remember exactly what my first thoughts were, but I know they weren’t anything I just mentioned. I’m pretty sure, and embarrassed to say, they most likely began with the two poisonous words “what if”, and I went straight back to my worry game, the one I know so well how to play.

One thing I did do right, at least, was to immediately take action. I called and made an appointment for my tests, but I wasn’t able to get in for four days. Four days – plenty of time to ramp the worry up to full-blown incapacitating anxiety. But here is where my story changes. Years ago, the “worry path” is what I would’ve taken. This time I knew better. This time I was equipped and prepared to go to battle. Time to go to war against my evil arch enemy, worry! Game on!

It may not have been my first inclination, but I did end up going to God. I prayed to Him out loud, quietly in my thoughts and even through journaling. Worry fought with a vengeance! It is a powerful and controlling beast, but I battled back with God. Here are some other things I did that brought me little momentary victories:

Positive thinking
–“God is with me. God will provide. I will be victorious over this situation, no matter what, as long as I keep my confidence in Him. I will learn and grow from this.”

Envisioned Jesus with me – in my present and future

Staying in the Present – focus on what I was doing, what was happening in the here and now, guarding my mind from going into the future where worry thrives

Distraction - spent time with my family, did my writing assignment for an upcoming speaking conference, watched some old funny sitcoms

Exercised – ran, lifted weights, paddle-boarded

The four-day war was frustrating, overwhelming, even brutal at times, but there were also times of peace, reassurance and rest. God gave me a good nights sleep each night. He offered me healthy distractions like watching the NBA basketball final with my son, laughing and having fun at the racetrack with my family.

Finally, results day came. I walked into the exam room scared but ready. I got great news! Everything was fine. I thanked God for that blessing but more importantly I thanked Him for all the victories throughout the four-day war. I still have a lot to learn about battling worry. Full victory will never be achieved this side of heaven, but momentary victories will always be yours and mine in Christ Jesus! 

When I think of heroes, especially around Memorial Day weekend, my mind immediately goes to the men and women of our military, those who are willing to risk their lives for others. About a year ago, I made a music video for the song "My Hero" in which I meant to honor such people. 

Now, as I've reflected another year on heroes I want to also bring it down to another level. Many of us have not chosen a job that puts us in harms way, but that doesn't mean we can't also act heroically. A hero or heroine is defined as a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.

Those of you who have watched my video know that the song "My Hero" is written about Jesus. He is the only perfect hero. He acted with perfectly distinguished courage and ability to bravely and nobly give up His perfect life for you and me. You and me, whose lives are anything but perfect. Wow! That whole concept is still hard for me to fathom!

Therefore, we can all be heroes whenever we show courage or nobility in the way He modeled for us. That means you having the courage to share your faith with a friend, or you having the nobility to not participate in gossip, or you having the courage to forgive someone who's hurt you, or... (you fill in the blank).

How can you be a hero to someone today?

My Hero Music Video


Meet Walle, my 70 pound fuzzy dopey golden doodle. Walle has the best temperament of any dog I've ever owned. Despite his easy-going nature, however, he like most dogs does not like to be put on his back. This is a submissive position that goes against any animal's instincts. As his owner, though, sometimes I want to cuddle and give him a nice tummy rub, something that I know he will enjoy, so I pick him up and flip him over on his back.

This does not start out as a very graceful process, as you can see from the picture. Hilarious, but not graceful! His legs stick straight up in the air like sticks. He is obviously tense!




But then I start scratching behind his ears, talking softly to him, rubbing his belly and soon his body starts to melt. His legs fall down one at a time until he is completely at rest enjoying every minute of his spa treatment.




So I don't know if this is self-denigrating, but I many times see similarities between my dog and myself. Do I trust my Master? Enough so that I would let Him put me in an uncomfortable, submissive position? And do I even think of the possibility that He might want to bless me through that process? How do we become more receptive to God's leading and available for His blessings? Here's what I came up with.

1. Know your Master

Learn about God, His character, His ways.  In so doing, you will see that He is always faithful and always trustworthy. He loves you and always wants what's best for you. In fact, He is the only one in this world that is qualified to earn 100% of your trust. 

2. Surrender your steady footing

When you trust your Master, it's easier to let Him pick you up off your perfectly grounded feet and take you into an uncomfortable or unknown situation. You may be afraid or tense at first but trusting that He knows what's best for you will help you go against your instinct to run or fight. What would happen if you let Him put you into that room of wild girls and boys to teach Sunday school? Or call that new neighbor and invite her over for coffee? Or arm you with a spirit of humility to reconcile with a loved one?

3. Rest in His blessing

After you surrender to His leading, don't be surprised if He blesses you in abundance. Amidst the rambunctious Sunday school class, you might end up leading a child to Christ, that awkward phone call to your neighbor might result in a new best friend, what you thought was going to be a humiliating encounter ends up in a restored relationship with a loved one.

Now this doesn't mean that every time you let God do this it is going to have a pleasant outcome but one thing you can be sure of, it is always for His glory and your good.  One of the meanings of blessing is having a sense of God's presence. You can ALWAYS rest in that blessing. He is there beside you, always has been, always will be. So enjoy Him! Get to know Him, trust Him and don't be surprised if in so doing He blesses your socks off!

When have you been blessed by letting God take you into unknown territory? Leave a comment below and share with us.

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Well,  God is sure testing us Minnesotans this year. I'm writing this blog entry on March 24th while snow is falling, the lakes are still frozen solid and there is no hint of green. Ugh!  I am so aching for that thermometer to register over 50 degrees, to hear the birds chirp and to see that first sprout pop up out of the filthy muddy ground. New life!  That’s what I am yearning for. It does make me thankful, however, that we don’t have to wait for new life to spring into our spiritual souls. It can begin as soon as we ask for it.

Do me a favor and pretend you are a flower bud still closed up. Go ahead, I’m sure no one is watching.smiley face  I'm guessing you are probably crouched down all tightened up. How does that feel?  When I do this I feel uncomfortable, uptight, tense, focused inward. Okay now open yourself up and bloom like a beautiful flower. I assume you put your arms up, held your face to the sky and maybe even smiled. I’m also assuming that you are really doing this! lol But doesn’t this blooming position feel so much better?! God wants us to joyfully bloom like this –to open our hearts, lift up our arms, turn our eyes to Him so we can see Him, soak up all His glory and goodness and become beautiful to all those around us. 

We will have spring; we can be assured of that, despite our doubts, just as we can be assured of our new life in Christ. He promises to grow you into a beautiful budding flower. Open up and let the blooming begin!

In Christ you are a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17


Ice Fishing.  I don't get it.  We used to live along a river channel in Chicago, where I would look out the window at people sitting on buckets, hunched over a hole for hours in the cold blustery wind and I would wonder, "Why?" I'll admit I might have even made jokes and judged them for doing this seemingly mundane activity that looked like such a waste of time.  

Now years later, as I walk my dog on the lake around the huge community of ice-houses, I still don't get it.  I guess I'm not quite as baffled.  At least if you are in an ice house it provides shelter from the cold and from what I hear, some of these "shanties" are pretty decked out with heaters and tv's. I would also guess there is some sort of feeling of community and belonging.  But still....are there really that many people that enjoy this?!

Then I thought about being a Christian.  Sometimes people looking in at the Christian community probably don't get it either.  "Why are they getting up early on Sunday mornings to go to church?" "Why do they want to change their lifestyle, just to be judged and made fun of?"  "Reading the Bible sounds so boring."

But as I was walking my dog on the lake today, along the outskirts of this ice-fishing village, I thought of the picture my son's friend sent him of the 34" northern he caught with his dad, the smile on his face, the feeling he must have gotten when he pulled that gigantic amazing creature out of that little hole.  As his dad says, "At some point in their past, fishermen have all had their moment"that 'hooked' them on the sport.  Most of them probably don't even remember exactly where they were or what they caught but it's that experience that drives them back to sit for countless hours with patience, perseverance and confidence.  It's not a matter of 'if' they catch the next trophy fish but 'when'."  

As Christians, we do all these seemingly boring, crazy things but we do it because of the rewards of joy and blessing that we pull out of the hole of our worldly lives.  There is nothing better than a place where we can go to feel like we are accepted and belong. And when we get a taste of the new life that comes from Jesus, we are "hooked" and we can't stop coming back to Him for more and more.  

Ice Fishing.  Hmmm, I think I'm starting to get it.


Do you listen to the worry voice in your head?

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Fight away worry by having a "Worry Session."

So I tell me son (a 9th grader in High School) that i will be speaking to the 8th grade choirs (in middle school) about music and performance anxiety and he freaks!  "Can you get out of it mom?" 

God was involved in the making of the music video for "My Hero" and one crazy way was through my husband's car dealer.

Our goal in making the video for the song "My Hero" was to honor those who put their lives on the line for others, whether it be soldiers, firefighters, policemen, and then relate that sacrifice to what the Greatest Hero of all time did for us. 

The video of "My Hero" will be released any day now and a lot of people have asked me what it was like to shoot a video.  I have a great analogy for you- It was just like having a baby!  

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