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Shaping Worry Into Prayer

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.” Philippians 4:6-9. 

This has been a difficult and exhausting week, if I’m completely honest its been a week where I just want to hide away from the world and pretend everything is ok. My mind has been filled with university stress and deadlines, whilst my body reminds me that I do still have a chronic illness and fills me with pain and exhaustion. I’m worried I have set myself up with too many commitments; afraid of failing and wondering how on earth I’m going to get through this year with my law degree, studying criminal psychology, recording a CD and spending most of my time in hospital. But whilst these worries flood my mind I hear God. God whispers to me and reminds me that He is God, He is sovereign over everything and He is in control.

I love the passage of scripture above, it’s simple. Do. Not. Worry. Instead of worrying PRAY. I love God reminding me through this hectic week to sit back, leave all these worries with God and pray. I am thankful that I can give God my concerns, the moment I realised this, the moment I focussed on God rather than focussing on my worries, fears and pain, I was comforted and I knew that this year is in God’s hands, God removed my worry and gave me his peace.

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Right now I am glad to have a break from university work over the weekend, I need rest. However today is CD recording day number 2. As a group, Naomi, Andrew and I would really appreciate it if you could pray for us. We all have had a busy week and we need the energy to get through the long hours of recording today.

Although I wish I could take my Ehlers-Danlos away, I wish I could take my pain away, that my exhaustion would disappear and I could be like a “normal” 21 year old. I am still thankful that God has given me strength to get through this week, He has displaced my worry with peace and He will continue to be right by my side.

With love,

Carla xxx

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2 thoughts on “Shaping Worry Into Prayer

  1. Amen Carla. Seems that we get so caught up in doing and think we have no time to stop and be still before God when that is exactly what we need the most. When we do pray we are refreshed, restored, empowered and more focused to accomplish that which the Lord has asked of us. Keeping you in my prayers Carla. You are a faithful servant and a blessing to many . . . and many more to come as God uses you for His glory.

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    1. Hi Sharon, I’m very sorry I haven’t got replying to your messages lately. I’ve just really been struggling with energy and pain. Thank-you so much for being a constant encouragement to me, you have no idea how grateful I am for your supportive messages, I really appreciate the time you take to read and comment on my posts. In answer to your earlier question, mum is doing great now thankful, such an answer to prayer. It took a little while to recover but thankfully she is on the mend now. She also reads my blog and she thanks you for your kind comment. I love this comment, you have put into words what I wanted to say in a much clearer way, thank-you! Thank-you for praying for me. I hope you’re keeping well. God Bless.

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