Saturday, January 23, 2010

Worry Wart

They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. Well I have a problem. My name is Carol and I'm a chronic worrier. Not about most things just the big things-finances, making ends meet, being able to provide for my family-things like that. You get the idea. You may not think this is such a bad thing but......The worst part is  that I am worrier who is also a Christian.
Recently God has been really convicting me on my faith and worrying. Can I say that I am truely walking with God when I worry? His word says, " Who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life." as well as "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understandings...."  I believe that worry hinders not only you spiritual life but your physical being as well.  I made a decision to quit fretting (with some help from His Word and Breaking the Worry Habit...Forever by Elizabeth George). Every time that I start to worry; I have decided that I am going to make a conscious decision to pray instead. 
Of course, as soon as I made this decision I was but to the test.
In case you don't know, I am a susbstitue teacher. Most of the year I have all the work I want and then some. However, right before, and right after Christmas break is very slow time for us subs. So much so that I've only worked a half a day through the middle of January. It's never been this slow for me! So of course I was worrying about finding jobs. But being determiend to nip this thing in the bud instead I began to pray. Immediately, I felt such a peace and comfort that I know could only come from God.  A few hours when I was tempted to fret I'd pray some more and things would immediately look up.
 I am happy to report that work has begun to pick up. I firmly believe that it is because I have chosen to trust God, and pray instead of worrying. I know that I will probably continue to struggle with worry but I firmly believe I've taken the first step on the road to recovery.

Philippians 4:6-7 : Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Do you struggle with worry? How do you deal with worry?

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Howdy Ya'll -Introductions again

I decided that since joining "Texas - Blogging Gals" it might be a nice idea to introduce myself to everyone since there have been so many new visitors dropping by, and we all want to get to know each other.

My name is Carol  and I am 30 years old. I am married to my best friend Matt. We have two four legged children. A minature daschund named Sophie and Rosie my quirky calico cat. I have lived in Texas all my life. In fact, we live in the house I grew up in.

I work part time (I am looking for full time work).I was diagnosed with celiacs disease in October of last year. I am still adjusting to a gluten free lifestyle. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord. I strive to serve him in every area of my life. In my spare time I enjoy reading, creating art, and cooking. 

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope you will become a follower. Looking forward to making lots of new blogging friends!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Living Simply-The Journey Begins

I've been wanting to do this for a  long time. I feel things are just two fast paced and crazy anymore. There has to be a simpler way. Not necessary an easier way--just simpler. I've been doing some research on simple living and what it means. Living the Simple Life means slowing down and living each day with purose. Stepping away from the rat race and living a life that is focused on family, friends, faith, and a solid days work.  I've thought about my life and how I want to live and here are some things I'd like to change:
  • controlling my spending and aiming to be debt free
  • Eating healthier
  •  home grown food
  • Green cleaning
  • using my time wisely
  • cutting back and making due
  • faith building
  • setting myself free from the things that tie me down
These goals will not be reach over night but are lifetime goals. It will probably even be harder because I will be giving away convenience for simplicity but that's a sacrifice I am willing to make. A great soure of inspiration has been the blog 
I know this way of life isn't for everyone but I have decided that this is the life that would be best for me.  If any of you out there are living a simple life I'd love to hear from you! If you like to take this journey with me I'd love to hear from you too! Start by writing your goals and ideas of a simpler life.  I will be posting my steps and progress on this blog.
Here's to a simpler life!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

What Are You Thinking About?

 I saw a movie tonight with my hubby and it was nothing but killing and gore. Yes, you could tell it wasn't real blood or body parts, but still is all that necessary? When did we become a culture that enjoys viciousness and violence. Granted, Quentin Tarantino did a great job with the music but still!
Whatever happened to wholesome goodness. Such as I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and Lassie. Yes, they are a little sappy and often repeative. I mean how many times does Lucy have to try to break into show business before she realizes that Ricky will never allow it!  But still I love the physical comedy and wise cracks. I consider it good clean fun.
I am a firm believer of whatever of whatever you put in (your brain) will come out (thoughts, actions, and deeds). In the Bible it says, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8.

So next time you get ready to watch some thing think about what your putting in.


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