Family Photo July 2021

Wasting Away in Worryville…

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I worry about everything: My health, what other people think of me, the future, etc. I even worry about how much I worry. I’ve caught myself stressing more over the past couple of weeks. I’ve had lots of work projects in the air, the usual house and homestead chores, and being able to balance those with rest and family time.

The Bible tells us not to worry. One of the more familiar passages in the Bible encourages us not to worry. God knows what we need and has promised to provide it (See Matthew 6:25-34 + Philippians 4:19). I’ve even heard it said and people with a lot more skill and patience have calculated that the Bible says “Do not fear” or “Do not worry” at least 365 times. That’s a reminder for every day of the year!

And the truth is I’ll get myself all worked up and stressed about any number of things, then by the time whatever it is I’m stressing about happens I find that everything I worried about didn’t even happen. It really wasn’t as bad as I was fearing. No matter how many times everything turns out okay I can’t help but wonder if THIS time it won’t be okay.

Take the past couple of weeks for example.

I had this really big website update that I kept working on. However, as I made the changes that were recommended it looked as though the changes were having the opposite effect. Instead of making the site better, it appeared to be getting worse. Mom kept encouraging me to keep going. To keep on keeping on. And eventually, once I finished the entire course and made every possible change I saw the difference! In order to see the change, I had to stay the course.

My older cousin got married this past weekend. I was pretty nervous about the wedding. I’ve only attended 8 weddings in my entire life and about 1/2 of those I was under the age of 5. I had NO IDEA what to expect with this wedding as each wedding I’ve ever been to is SO different. With this being a family wedding I really didn’t want to embarrass anyone either.

I worried about what I’d wear if it’d be too fancy or too casual. I worried about the ceremony and reception, wanting to make sure that I’d do everything right and not make an accidental fool of myself, and I worried about what I’d do if a stranger asked me to dance. And then I worried about making sure I had everything packed that I could possibly need in an organized fashion. Basically, if I could worry about something I did. There were several extra trips to the store making sure everyone had everything they needed and extra packing and prepping because we ended up needing an extra outfit than we usually take along with shoes and fancy jewelry.

But you know what? Everything about this past weekend turned out better than I could have expected!

The first time Mom and I went dress shopping I found what I thought was the perfect dress. And then JoJo bought a dress that ended up not fitting her and I LOVED the way it fit me so I ended up with two new dresses out of the deal! The best part is that the one I wore had a slight vintage vibe–but not so much so that I feared I looked like a magazine ad from 1935! My makeup turned out perfectly and extra shiny without being over the top! Despite traveling for 4 hours with 2 dogs in tow we arrived at the wedding in plenty of time to be calmly seated before the ceremony started!

My Uncle actually officiated the ceremony and I can’t tell you how much I LOVED it. I was seated with family at the reception and got a small unembarrassing lesson in proper etiquette. I’d never toasted anything before and managed to do so just fine with no awkwardness. And as far as that potential dance I was so worried about? My other cousin practically opened the dance floor and I got a quick dance with Grandma! I even wore heels the whole night and didn’t fall once–despite carrying a plate full of food across the floor. 😁

Bailey dancing with Grandma

I’ve heard it said that worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair. You don’t really go anywhere or accomplish anything by worrying.

In my experience, I’ve found that 99.99% of what I worry about doesn’t ever happen. I could tell you several more stories from over the years where I’ve spent days, weeks, or months worried about something only for everything to turn out so much better than I expected…again and again.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”
~Philippians 4:6

Until next time,
Bailey Sue