You are God’s child and you need to start acting like it!

Imagine never being anxious or worried about anything! It seems like an impossibility—we all have worries on the job, in our home, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a worrywart is a person who worries too much or who worries about things that are not important. Before I started this blog (and still sometimes today) I worried about it. I worried that I would lose family and friends, be talked about, not be supported, and all kinds of other things. I worried about my life and those in it. I even worried about things and situations that had absolutely nothing to do with me. I was worrying so much that I was physically making myself sick. I sometimes allowed my insecurities and worries to drive me right out of God’s blessings for me!

One day on my way home from work, I was in my car sitting at a red light. I normally have some type of music playing in the background, but on that particular day it was quiet. I had so many thoughts and worries running through my head, that it became overwhelming. I tried to turn on the radio to get my mind off of things, but every station was full of static. I knew that God was trying to get my attention. I had not spent any quality time with Him in days and it was affecting me greatly.

When I arrived home and got settled in for the night, I sat on the side of my bed and began to pray. I was lead to look up scriptures and passages about worry. The one that really spoke to me was Matthew 6:25-34. I know I read those scriptures one hundred times that night. The more I read, the more I understood. Every time I read them, I could feel the burdens on my shoulders get lighter and lighter.

Matthew 6:25-34 AMP

25 Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon dressed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

While reading and taking notes, I found seven reasons not to worry.

  1. The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life.
  2. Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today.
  3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful.
  4. God does not ignore those who depend on Him.
  5. Worry shows lack of faith and understanding of God.
  6. There are real challenges God wants us to pursue, and worrying keeps us from them.
  7. Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.

Still to this day, I find myself worrying or being anxious. I talk to God about it and I have a little pep talk with myself. The last time I was worried about something, I told myself, “You are God’s child and you need to start acting like it!”

Below I have listed the scriptures that help me when I am worried or anxious. I like to write them on postcards or sticky notes and put them in places like on my computers, on my mirrors around the house, or in my phone as daily reminders. I pray that these scriptures help you as they have helped me.

MORE SCRIPTURES AND NOTES ABOUT WORRY:

Mathew 6:25-34. Reasons not to worry.

Matthew 8:23-27. Let Christ calm the storms in your life.

Matthew 10:29-31. Jesus will take care of you; don’t worry.

Matthew 14:25-33. Don’t look at troubles, look to God.

Mark 4:35-41. Place your confidence and trust in Christ.

Psalm 34. How to trust God.

Philippians 4:6-18. How to have peace instead of worry.

We worry about details in our lives over which we have no control, while neglecting specific areas that are under our control. Concentrate on what God has given you to do, and leave the rest to Him. Jesus said that God cares for the sparrows’ every need. We are far more valuable to God than these birds, so valuable that God sent His only Son to die for us (John 3:16). You are of great worth to God. Because He places such value on you, you need never fear personal threats or difficult trials. But don’t think that because you are valuable to God He will take away all of your troubles. The real test of value is how well something holds up under the wear, tear, and abuse of everyday life. Those who stand up for Christ in spite of their troubles truly have lasting value and receive great rewards.

Love Always,

Ash

Why I started this blog

So if I can be real with you guys for a minute, I actually created this account almost three years ago. I just never did anything with it. God was dealing with me heavily at the time, but I wasn’t ready. Seriously. I was at a low point in my life and the one person that I was running from was actually the only person that I needed. GOD. I wanted to be young and free and do all of the things that my peers were doing. But He was not having that. And quite frankly I was tired of running.

By the age of 12, I knew that I was different. All of the kids my age would be into certain things and I just knew that there was trouble lurking. Some labeled me as being scary but I called it being aware or having discernment. I would be at youth conferences and events and the preacher ministering would call all of the youth down to the front for prayer. There were so many times where they would tell me that I was different because God had a special calling/plan over my life to mentor and help others. Some of the kids would look at me and start to whisper to their friends. I would be so embarrassed because I knew that they were talking about me. I got tired of hearing that I was different.

I remember on several occasions coming home from school, praying to God to just make me normal. At that age, I really didn’t know what normal was, but I knew for sure that it wasn’t me. I wanted to be like everyone but myself. And every morning when I woke up being the same ol’ Ashley, I got upset and began blaming God. I took matters into my own hands when I stopped being myself and began to be like the rest. I allowed my relationship with God to become almost nonexistent. I began to hang with the wrong crowds and do stupid things. I was losing myself and God was not pleased.

While I was running and doing my own thing, I would still hear from God. He wanted my attention, but I continued to ignore Him. I thought that I was having the time of my life, living how I wanted to live. In my eyes, I was finally normal. I had lots of friends and popularity. Life was good. I made sure to keep myself busy and entertained because I knew that God’s voice was loud and clear when I was still and alone.

And then it hit me. Those so called friends that I once had were all gone. I was no longer the center of attention. No phone calls, no texts, and no hanging out. No social media, no nothing. I was literally alone. I know that this sounds crazy, but I literally went two whole years without a single friend calling or texting me. No joke. I was isolated and alone and there was nothing that I could do about it.

I remember one night, I broke out into tears and prayed to God. I hadn’t prayed in years but I felt that I needed to do it. I had tried everything else with no relief. I didn’t know what to say or where to start, but somehow the words just poured right out of my mouth. After praying, I immediately felt restored. I slowly started going back to church, reading my Bible, and praying. I even connected with some amazing Christian friends. I had been pretending and hiding for so long, that it felt good to be myself again.

God knew that if I continued living life the way that I was, that I would have an even longer road ahead of me. The only way that He could get to me was to absolutely WRECK me. He had to take away every single thing that hindered me from hearing Him and doing His work. Isolation was just the thing that I needed. God desired my attention and He did what was necessary.

We all have different callings and purposes for our lives. It may not be shown or given to you right away, but in the meantime ask God for His guidance and His will. Continue to seek Him. Don’t be afraid to ask Him questions. Instead of me seeking and asking, I ran and tried to change the very thing that God loved about me. If He wanted us all to be the same, don’t you think He would’ve done that? We are all special and different and that’s ok. I can confidently say that I am embracing my individuality now more than I ever have. As a child I feared that something was wrong with me and that God was punishing me. I didn’t know that God created me this way for a reason.

As I mentioned earlier, I created this account years ago. God had placed it on my heart, but it wasn’t until now that I realized why I needed to do this. Growing up all I ever wanted was for someone who had gone through some of the things that I was experiencing, to be there for me. I wanted to be able to call them up and tell them about my day. Spend time with them on the weekends. Go to church. Get prayer, advice and encouragement. Someone that I could trust. Someone to comfort me and tell me that everything would turn out just fine. A mentor. I know that if I’d had a mentor things would have been different for me growing up. I thought why not be who you needed when you were younger.

So now here I am, three years later, officially starting this blog to share my experiences with you. I am in no way a professional or perfect person. But what I am is a lover of Christ and all of His people. My main purpose of this blog is to share my stories and experiences for others to know that they are not alone. Someone somewhere is fighting or has fought the exact same battle(s) as you. Let’s encourage and uplift one another.

Love Always,

Ash

About Me

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Hey y’all! My name is Ashley. I was born and raised in a small town called Hillsboro in Alabama. I am crazy about God, my family and friends, and helping others. A country girl with a huge heart! I’ve started this blog to share my journey and experiences with you. Not only will I share about myself, but I will also post about fashion, food, traveling, and whatever else comes to mind. Thanks for reading and I hope y’all enjoy!

Ashley Austin,

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