It’s the Sunday before Christmas. A perfect time to reflect on joy. Today our Joy Note #7 is about turning worries to blessings.
I realize I have shared these song lyrics with you before from the movie “White Christmas.” This song, performed Bing Crosby, takes a focus off worries and turns them to blessings.
Betty Haynes (played by Rosemary Clooney) is doing what most women do…worrying about her younger sister, Judy (Vera-Ellen) and their income from the entertainment industry.
Bob Wallace (Bing) assures her that her sleep will come when she ceases to worry so much, but instead to count blessings.
WORRIES ROB OUR JOY
I know this worry- world really well, and how worry can be a joy robber. I think when I was in the delivery room with our first baby, I also delivered a Certificate of Worry. It was not a part of my life really until I became a mother. Gripping that certificate tightly has often been a problem for me. Now as a grandmother, if I am not careful, worry will rob sleep, joy, health…anything positive. I have even at times allowed worry and anxiety to stop me from living a full productive life.
So often, worry is about our control…we want to control what happens around us (and our families) and get very worried when we realize we cannot. This is how worry controlled my mother. Now, as I parent adult children and have no control over their decisions, I see how worrying about it can set in and rob my daily joy if I give it permission to do so.
Giving up the world of worry has not been an easy one for me. However, it has improved so much with my closer relationship with God. The more I pray about what worries me and the more I stay closer to HIM, the more at peace I am. If I give my worries to God and trust Him with the results, then I walk each day in peace with a smile.
It never ceases to amaze me how much I bring to the Lord every day to get it off my worry plate. Just when I think things are settling down, my daughter’s family moves to the country…in Texas that often means rattlesnakes. And it has meant rattlesnakes. With three grandsons, I pray over those snakes every day!
Specific prayer is powerful prayer.
A daily commitment to prayer has taken the worries and turned them into blessings. Rather than obsess over those rattlesnakes, I thank God for the joy of the three and focus on the smiles they bring to me daily….then remind myself to trust “the protector” with their safety.
TURN WORRIES TO BLESSINGS
Listen to today’s song….when worry begins to set in, count your blessings. Oh yeah…and let’s not forget George Bailey had to learn this…eventually Clarence helped him to see and count his blessings…and Clarence got his wings!! Two great movies…add watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “White Christmas” and be encouraged this week.
I believe one of the reasons I have not worried through the pandemic is because I daily count my blessings as part of my morning prayer. I chose to focus on the blessings and silver linings (and there have been many) one day at a time. I could easily lose my joy to the fact that I am 68; with asthma; pleasing plump; and, for sure, high risk. But, due to my asthma and my allergies, I have been high risk most of my life….at any time I could go down to the flu, RSV, or pneumonia as easily as COVID.
The last two years I have chosen to focus positively on building my immunity, dealing with my allergy and sinus issues, getting serious about weight loss, and trusting God. Then, I use wisdom daily with my choices, and remember worry will only hurt me more. The pandemic has thus been a tutor for me to learn healthier ways of thinking through difficulties.
ONE DAY AT A TIME is a powerful way to live in order to control worry about the future. How can I make today…a gift I have been given…the best day full of joy?
I hope all of you fellow worry-warts will join me in living this way, and consider daily prayer as a way to begin the day. It does something powerful in our lives…delivers gifts of peace and joy!
Now, count your blessings instead of sheep and be sure you….
By Pamela Lutrell