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COLUMN: Trust God, reduce worry

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By Donna Coffey

 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear ... Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:25a, 27

I try not to worry ... I really do. I try to turn all potential worries over to the Lord, because I know that he can handle them, he sees the big picture and he wants what's best for me. 

But … we all can't help but be concerned about certain things that come into our lives.

My husband has been battling lymphoma for four years now. That in itself is a constant worry. We have been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, two bone marrow stem cell transplants and side effects galore. The unknown of what lies ahead is scary and uncertain, but ... we just have to rely on God.

The last transplant was scheduled around the same time as the expected birth of our grandson. As plans developed, the due date and the transplant date seemed closer and closer. I fretted and fumed about being isolated in Nashville and not being there when he was born.

But thank the Lord, our prayers were answered and we were privileged to meet our precious grandson before he was one hour old.

Holding baby Ty, seeing my son tenderly cradling his own son and witnessing the joy that a newborn brings to all the family is a blessing beyond measure. My worries and concerns had no merit (as usual).

Daily we need to be reminded of how we need to rely more on the Lord and less on our own devices ... we may even require an hourly reminder during difficult times.

May we all draw a little closer to our savior today … giving all our troubles, trials, burdens and worries over to him.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34