This week the topic for the Five Minute Friday link-up post is Now. What is a link-up? Essentially a link-up is when you join other bloggers and write on a similar topic. You share your blog posts with one another and begin conversations via a host site. You can head over to Kate Motaung’s page to check out other entries from inspired bloggers. Here’s my five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited writing on this week’s topic:
In my most natural state I am as guilty as anyone of letting fear and worry dictate my life. I let my mind wander to worst case scenarios regularly. If someone doesn’t return my text message within a few minutes I tend to reason that I’ve done something wrong and the friendship is over. If I feel even the least bit ill I jump to conclusions (or onto WebMd) and self-diagnose myself as a cancer patient. I fret about money and lose sleep over how others perceive me. This is the real me when I try to drive my own bus instead of letting God handle the maneuvering. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
It is a daily fight for me which requires a little scripture and a lot of grace. I am only able to break the chains of fear with the peace of God. Without His help to calm my soul, I am unable to rest and enjoy NOW!
Matthew 6:34- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I am reminded by God’s gentle words that I have nothing to fear. I am to keep my focus on the moment instead of the threats of tomorrow. When I let my mind wander toward negativity I miss out on the people and things that matter most to me. I trade joy for insecurity and in this exchange I short change myself.
I’ve been working my way through the book Fear Fighting over the past week. I am a member of Kelly Balarie’s launch team and received a copy of the book before its January release. I cannot explain how blessed (but also wrecked) I’ve been by her words and wisdom. Through this book God is making me a champion over fear and teaching me that moments of grace with Him and those I love will bring peace to my wandering soul.
What is keeping you from enjoying NOW?
The Ameri Brit Mom