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Worry vs. Faith – December 8 Devotions

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It’s amazing the difference a year can make–or two or three years. Back in 2012, a week before Christmas, we had to say goodbye to our beloved Kita, our 12 1/2-year-old black lab. She had a cancerous tumor and numerous age-related issues. We finally realized it was selfish to keep her around for our sake; she was suffering and we had to let her go. It seems like every Christmas season since then has been difficult for one reason or another, and we really didn’t look forward to it as much as we used to.

 

Our little pet-proof tree, flat-backed, hanging on the wall near the ceiling!
Our little pet-proof tree, flat-backed, hanging on the wall near the ceiling!

 

This year, overall, has been much better in many ways. Both hubby Dave and I have consistent work, so finances are better. Although we lost our oldest cat last month, we gained three more little kittens, and they are bringing so much joy into our lives. I’ve recovered from surgery and I’m just feeling more “in the spirit” of the season. I am decorating, wrapping presents, working on projects, and really looking forward to getting together with family for Christmas.

 

 

So onto today’s devotional thought…

“Someone once said,

‘Worry is interest paid on trouble

before trouble falls due.’

Trying to solve tomorrow’s problems today

only steals the energy God has prearranged for you

to enjoy today.

Don’t waste your time worrying!

It is vain and useless.

Many of our worries are unfounded and unnecessary.

Worry is the end of faith,

and faith is the end of worry.

Prayer must replace our worry.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

I have noticed the truth of this; worrying drains our energy! My favorite line in this devotional is this one: “Worry is the end of faith, and faith is the end of worry.”  I definitely prefer to choose faith over worry!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

If you celebrate the holidays this month, how is it going? What do you think of this devotional? Do you agree that worry is draining, while faith is invigorating?

 

Happy Holidays from Dave and me, and our fur babies!

Hubby Dave and me, with our dogs Desi and Zoe.
Hubby Dave and me, with our dogs Desi and Zoe.

 

24 Comments

  1. michelle

    i know the heartache of losing a pet and i do miss my cat at the holidays. i love the quote about worry being the end of faith and faith being the end of worry. all we can do is leave our problems at the foot of the Lord

    08 . Dec . 2015
  2. tara pittman

    Give all your worries to the Lord. That has been my verse lately.

    08 . Dec . 2015
  3. Elizabeth O.

    That’s true. A lot can happen in a year but the people who choose to stay with you are the ones who are worth your love. Thanks for an awesome post!

    09 . Dec . 2015
  4. victoria

    Yes i agree give it to the Lord and the Lord lessen your worry

    09 . Dec . 2015
  5. Onica {Mommy Factor}

    Place all your worries to God and he will lessen your worry. Nothing is Impossible to God, Just keep the faith in him.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  6. Ana De- Jesus

    Sorry to hear about your surgery hope you are ok? I am glad that this year has been better for you x

    09 . Dec . 2015
  7. LydiaF

    I’ve always found this time of year to be stressful but I’ve learned that when I focus on the spiritual aspects of Advent that I enjoy the season much more.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  8. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Glad you are having a better year this year & that your surgery went well.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  9. Rachel Mouton

    Worry really is a mood drain. I am working on worrying less and practicing more faith 🙂

    09 . Dec . 2015
  10. Edwin Lao

    Pets are part of the family and it is really a heartache when we loss them in life.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  11. Mardene Carr

    Oh yes worrying drains every last bit of energy leaving you none to tackle the actual problem.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  12. Claudette

    It really is a waste of energy to worry, challenging as it is not to. We all manage our concerns differently and have to find our individual ways of coping.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  13. Caroline

    Your are right, we have to count our blessing and the most important of all is Family!

    09 . Dec . 2015
  14. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    You’re so right! Worrying is exhausting! It’s great when you can get to a point to choose happiness and not let worry take over your life 🙂

    09 . Dec . 2015
  15. Chanelle DeGraff

    So glad this year is better. I try to focus on what is going well in life and trust God with the things I can not control. This approach causes me to worry less, which is a good thing in my mind.

    09 . Dec . 2015
  16. Liz Mays

    I’m so glad you’re experiencing so much joy this holiday season. I imagine the kitties are keeping you smiling big time!

    09 . Dec . 2015
  17. Shannon Peterson

    I know it’s easier said than done, but worrying is so bad for my mental state, and I try to breathe and remember things are going to happen that are out of my control, and that’s ok!

    09 . Dec . 2015
  18. MyTeenGuide

    I agree with most of you to give all your worries to the Lord and He will take care of you.

    10 . Dec . 2015
  19. R U S S

    Glad to know that this year is a good one for you and your husband. Try not to worry too much. Take it easy and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas, Karen and may you have more reasons to smile each day …

    10 . Dec . 2015
  20. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It’s fun but gets nothing done. I’ve got most of my Christmas presents, just need to get a joint one for my folks and a present for my father in law and I think I’ll be alright!

    10 . Dec . 2015
  21. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I have also found it’s best to turn worries into prayers.

    10 . Dec . 2015
  22. Barbara

    I lost my sweet dog last year for similar reasons. 🙁 So glad you’re feeling better this year. Nice pic of you and hubby.
    Have a blessed Christmas!

    10 . Dec . 2015
  23. Salma

    Sounds like a tough Christmas a few years ago. I’m glad that this year is a better one. Happy holidays:)

    11 . Dec . 2015
  24. Ayesha

    Very true. Worrying is a sin. God controls everything. Let it go and surrender all to HIM.

    13 . Dec . 2015

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