The name-"worry wart"- makes me think of a person running around like a chicken with their head cut off. For some this is what worry looks like. For me it is still worry but it is more of the under the surface anxiety. Sure, I have some MAJOR fears, real, wake you up at night fears (more these days as God seems to bringing them to the surface). But I have found the word 'discontent' to accurately label my mood many a day. You know the nothing put me in a bad mood, but nothing can put me in a good mood thing. Or just the flat out dislike or distrust of the portion that God has given me (psalm 16:5). So, as I am encouraged by my pastor, I am trying to make myself an expert in my area of struggle. That's right, me, the 'Discontentment expert.' I should make a tag. So as an 'expert in training,' here are some of the things I am learning:
- To start with, Philippians 4:11-13 "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
- "Philippinas 4:6 "do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will gaurd your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
- To paraphrase this... Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything.*
- Our anxiety should be a springboard for praying specifically*
- "Our part in the process of learning to be content is a heart choice. A choice to pray rather than be anxious." - Linda Dillow
- Memorizing scripture increases the Holy Spirits vocabulary in your life."- Cynthia Heald
" A quiet, peaceful, trust in a God who brings His delight in His person, not in circumstances."
I would love to hear from you guys about your thoughts on battling discontentment.
*These thoughts are from Linda Dillow in her book "Calm my Anxious heart."