Will the holidays bring you worry or joy?
Deck the halls with boughs of holly and tis the season to be jolly are familiar lyrics to a favorite Christmas carol that we are hearing in the stores as we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and this can be a season of worry and stress.
Look at the lyrics to “Deck the Halls”:
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”. Are you worrying over your house being decorated for the holidays?
“‘Tis the season to be jolly”. Are you jolly when you think about the family members that will be arriving to eat at your table? Does it make you jolly thinking of those loved ones or are you picturing the Griswold’s Christmas vacation?
I have good news for you!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
Verse 6 tells what we are to do:
Be anxious for nothing. With thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Tell him what is causing you stress and worry with a thankful heart. Be grateful that he is there listening, he understands and he has the answer you are looking for.
Verse 7 gives us a promise: The peace of God, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
We all have choices when it comes to handling stress in our life. We can:
- Choose to ignore it
- Relax and trust God
The Bible says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
How can we trust God and worry at the same time? We can’t!
If we say that we trust God and then go about the business of worrying about everything, then we aren’t telling the truth. By worrying we are saying that we don’t believe that God will do what he says.
By making the choice to worry we are asking for trouble when it comes to our health. Worry will fan the flames of inflammation when we are living with autoimmune disorders. If you choose to worry this is how the stress can affect your body when it doesn’t have an autoimmune disorder:
- High blood pressure
- Tense muscles
When we are living with autoimmune we can have these flares brought on by stress:
- Decreased energy
- Decreased physical stamina
- Brain fog
- Swollen glands
- Fever and chills
- Feeling lightheaded
- Muscle aches, pains, or stiffness
Along with eating a healthy diet, we need to make sure that worry and stress isn’t eating us. If you are worrying about tomorrow, you will feel it in your body.
We are reminded in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Isn’t that the truth?
Most of us worry about these things:
- Getting older
- Work stress
- Gaining weight
- I need to find a new job
- Paying rent/mortgage
- Worried about my physique
- Wrinkles or ageing appearance
- Financial/credit card debts
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us why we do not need to worry.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The next time thoughts of worry start to creep in and you feel your stress level start to rise, remember to worry is a choice and you can control it.
Living with autoimmune disorders will give you enough things that you cannot control that will affect your health. Here is the good news: You can control the amount you worry!
Control the amount of worry in this blessed holiday season, and you will have a wonderful time with family and friends.
- How have you seen worry impact your physical health?
- What area in your life is causing you worry and you are struggling to trust God?
- Do you have a favorite promise from God that you declare to help you trust him more and worry less?