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How to Fight the Worry Monster

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Last week, I learned something scary about myself.

My car was in the shop, so Bruce drove me to work. We’d stayed up too late, and I’d dragged my comatose body out of bed before its time. I sat in the car in Zombie wife mode. My whole being was communicating a message: Don’t talk to me. Trust me, this will not go well.

I really should have just stayed in bed and called in sick.

But I digress, I was telling you about the frightening self-revelation I experienced.

It all started when I decided to turn on the radio in hopes of waking myself up and hypnotizing myself into a happier mood. I turned the dial off my husband’s pre-set talk radio station (Yuck!) and landed on .K-LOVE.

The music was like caffeine in my veins. Soon, I was tapping along and even singing. Bruce was overjoyed to witness my resurrection from Zombieland.

After a song or two, the DJ’s started talking about something nonsensical and silly in the news. They bantered back and forth about how scientists have discovered that there is actually a Worry Gene.  Yep, that’s right. If you are a worry wart, it’s probably in your DNA. Blame your ancestors.

Bruce and I laughed about it as we pulled into the parking space at work. My knight in shining armor walked me in to the office and carried my heavy bags and even opened the door for me.

Squeak. “You’ve got a creaky door there, ma’am. I can take care of that for you if you have some WD-40.” I pointed my husband toward the office supply closet to see if he could find something to take the squeak out.

I watched him turn the corner and stayed by the door anticipating his return.

I stood in silence for what seemed like an eternity and shifted my weight from one foot to the other. After a few minutes, I frowned at the clock.

Why’s he been gone so long? I imagined my husband prostrate on the floor and not breathing. I considered calling 911.

Right before I broke down in tears, my man came bouncing around the corner empty-handed.

“I have the worry gene,” I confessed.  Left alone with my thoughts for more than 90 seconds, I will construct an imaginary apocalypse.

The Worry Monster is lurking around in the corners of my mind seeking to squelch my joy and steal my serenity.

Have you met the Worry Monster?  His ability to magnify your fears knows no bounds if you give him free rein.

Just a few days ago, I received a series of frantic texts from a friend who was facing the bully head on.  My response was simple:

Stop, Breathe, and Pray.

It’s like stop, drop and roll when your mind is on fire. You must turn your worries into prayers.

How to Fight the Worry Monster:

Stop: Tell your thoughts to obey what you know is true. Remind yourself that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Remind yourself of what is right, noble, lovely, and pure (Philippians 4:8). Chuck the enemy’s lies and take your thoughts captive (II Corinthians 10:4-5).

Breathe: Let God’s peace invade your soul (Psalm 34:1-4, MSG). Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). Allow Him room to restore your soul (Psalm 23:1-3).

Pray: Turn your worries into praises and petitions (Philippians 4:6-7). Cast all your anxiety on Him, and let Him care for you (I Peter 5:7).

Don’t be a Worry Wart when God has already called you to be a Prayer Warrior.  

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(Side note: I am in love with this graphic!!!!)

Let’s Talk:  How do you tackle the Worry Monster?

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Pray Like a Wild Woman

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I stood eye to eye with my best friend at the end of the conference.  We spoke life over each other and committed to keep fighting the good fight together.

I honestly don’t remember much from that day, but this one moment keeps replaying in my mind.

Beth Moore speaks, and we repeat in unison.

Only one phrase from the entire commissioning echoes in my heart.

Pray like a wild woman.

Wild. Untamed. Unrestrained. Uninhibited.

Pray fierce.

Pray without fetters.

Cry out like a savage beast raving through the wilderness.

Face the unknown with outrageous faith that believes God will show up and make some noise.

Pray like a wild woman.

I turn on the news and see disorder, distress, and death, but that does not deter me. I turn to prayer. I dare to believe that God will respond with His presence, His provision, and His peace.

I see healing and hope where others see despair.

I speak love and life where most are overcome with doubt.

I feel the power of the Spirit at work in the desert places. Restoration is certain. Redemption is near.

In a world gone mad, persevere and pray like a wild woman. God’s Word is never caged, and neither are you.


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Let’s Talk: Have you ever prayed like a wild woman?

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My desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

Pray Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heaven Fall Down

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Rain always surprises me. I often drive to work in the morning under bright blue skies with not a hint of what is to come.

Right now, I am looking out my window, and the trees are perceptibly moving in the wind in a peculiar way that foretells a coming downpour. I’ve learned to pack my umbrella just in case.

In just a few minutes, I will pick up my phone and text my husband to let him know that cats and dogs and kitchen sinks are falling down from the sky. Heaven will open up its doors and transform the landscape.

Heaven fall down.

When a farmer plants a seed into the ground, he believes that the rain will come. The fruit of his labor will take many days to spring up, but he continues to break up the fallow ground and prepare for the harvest ahead.

Prayer is a lot like that. Every cry lifted up to heaven is like a seed planted in the ground. I bury my burdens on my knees, and then I look up to God in expectation.

Heaven fall down.

The rain of God’s mercy will wash over me soon. In the meantime, I am patiently waiting. I am hopeful. I am preparing.

The wind of God’s Spirit will perceptibly begin to move and provide hints of the refreshing shower yet to come.

His rain will transform the landscape of my life.

Beautiful fruit is on its way.

Perhaps the ground before you looks barren and lifeless right now.

Keep looking up. Your downpour is coming.

He will come like rain and refresh your life.


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Let’s Talk: How are you preparing for the downpour?

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My desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

Pray Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am sharing “Heaven Fall Down” and joining like-minded sisters at Give Me GraceLet us GrowSpiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing CountersLive Free ThursdayGrace Moments, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Three-Word Wednesday, Intentional TuesdayPurposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Testimony Tuesday, Moments of Hope, and Sharing His Beauty.

 

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Holy Spirit Hit List

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Sometimes, life feels like an episode of Mission Impossible.

I am sitting at home with my Bible open before me when out of nowhere I receive a charge: Your mission, Lyli, should you decide to accept it…

Usually, the mammoth assignment is beyond my capability. I can’t dismantle strongholds or soften hard hearts. I can’t unravel deceptive schemes and rescue those chained in the miry places.

I can’t turn darkness into light, but that’s not my responsibility.

My job is to say “Yes” to the charge. My calling is to love. My weapon is Truth. My position is to pray in faith believing that He who is Light will win the day.

I’m the girl who stands in the gap and believes the unbelievable.

One day soon, I’ll be singing sweet victory.

In the meantime, I get down on my knees and present to God my Holy Spirit Hit List. The Omnipotent One has placed His all-seeing eye my tough cookies, and the enemy’s plans will surely crumble.

One prayer at a time, I’m partnering with God on a mission of redemption.

 

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Let’s Talk: Do you have a Holy Spirit hit list?

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My desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

Pray Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am sharing “Holy Spirit Hit List” and joining like-minded sisters at Give Me GraceLet us GrowSpiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing CountersLive Free ThursdayGrace Moments, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Three-Word Wednesday, Intentional TuesdayPurposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Testimony Tuesday, and Sharing His Beauty.

 

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When Pigs Fly

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We stopped at a kooky tourist stop in the Keys on our first road trip together.  We wandered aimlessly looking at sea shells and shot glasses lining the shelves.   I pushed passed the crowd into the back room of the store, and I discovered a treasure.

In the corner behind all the bric a brac stood a bronze statue of a flying pig.   I immediately wanted to take it home with me.

“Look at the pig,” I said to my man.  He smiled from ear to ear.

For years, I’d wandered through stores alone.  Table for one.

When are you getting married?  my family would ask.

…when pigs fly.

But then one day, I volunteered to decorate a Christmas tree and buy some presents for a needy family as part of a Christmas outreach at the church, and this man showed up with a wickedly irresistible smile.

Suddenly, this little piggie’s wings started to flutter.

Anything is possible.  Some days, it’s hard to believe that. Our hearts become dusty with doubt and disbelief.  We stop praying because we’ve sat on the shelf for too long.

But my God conquered death itself.  He can breathe new life into any situation.

Today might be the day, my friends.  Get ready to fly.

 

Today Might Be the Day | 3dlessons4ife.com


Let’s Talk: Has God ever done the impossible in your life?  I’d love to hear your flying pig story.

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My desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

Pray Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am sharing “When Pigs Fly” and joining like-minded sisters at Give Me Grace, Weekend Whispers, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing CountersLive Free ThursdayGrace Moments, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Three-Word Wednesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Testimony Tuesday, and Sharing His Beauty.

 

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