Anxiety to Adoration

Well, it is day two of the new position and I am in love with it so far. The little one that I watch is amazing, adorable, and so fun. It makes my baby fever grow even more actually… Working at the preschool pretty much pacified a desire to have children. Since there was a total of 14 children and 2 teachers, it was pretty hectic and not each child got their due attention.

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Though now, I could see with a little one of your own and staying home with them would be a different story. I might get a little stir crazy but there are ways to get out and about. Maybe that is what I would like my career to be. A stay at home mom. Is anything wrong with that? Then once they are older and maybe going to high school, I could find another occupation. Haha. We’ll see, I’m sure that is way in the future.

Since receiving this nanny position, I have dove headlong into reading the Ann Voskamp book 1,000 gifts. This book is just so cool. I have the book that is also paired with the devotional so it is like a two in one. The devotions in the back are amazing. Each one is titled as a different grace. Such as the first one is called “Surprising Grace” and another is called “Thinking Grace”. All of these devotions circle around the idea of grace and how we can discover it in every aspect.

Lately, the book has hit home for me the idea of slowing down. I feel like most of my time is spent trying to catch up with time which then leads to stress and anxiety. What possible good could those combinations hold? None.

The devotions 6 through 9 have really opened my eyes to some dark corners of my heart. Looking at these parts of my heart is definitely uncomfortable but definitely necessary. It has challenge me to look at my life and how I handle it.

“the answer to anxiety is adoration of Christ” -Voskamp

Like I noted in my last post, I’m a natural at worrying and stressing myself out.  But maybe the key to not stressing is to discipline myself to turn my thoughts and actions from anxiety to adoration. Honestly, easier said then done.

“Stress and anxiety seem easier. Easier to let a mind run wild with the worry than to exercise discipline, to rein her in, slip the blinders on, and train her to walk steady in certain assurance, not spooked by the specters looming ahead” -Voskamp

Who am I really trusting when I am stressed or anxious? Do I really want joy when I am indulging in stress and hurried ways?

Psalm  40:4 —> Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust…

When I reject the opportunity to discipline myself and take part in joy and adoration, am I not rejecting Christ?

Yes.

John 6:29 —> Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent”

Since picking up this book, I have been adding to my list of 1,000 gifts and I have prayed for God to help me slow down so that I may sing praises of thankfulness to Him. It has helped me slow down and I have started noticing the little gifts throughout the day. How amazing is that?!? Praising God turned my heart towards Christ whereas when I wasn’t  praising God, I was falling from God.

Anyways, that is what I am journeying on right now. Till next time 🙂

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