Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This …

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Most of us have heard someone say right before the disaster, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this …”

How NOT to worry?

Not doing something is often a non-event. Like dieting. NOT eating the wrong food leaves a vacuum that I want to fill with all the things I shouldn’t eat.

That may be why diet companies that provide meals are so successful: they fill the vacuum and give clients something to DO.

Instead of that, eat this.” When you fork over good money for the alternate “this,” you tend to follow directions.

So how do we NOT worry and fret?

It depends on who we’re trusting.

When God inspired Paul’s letter to the Philippians, He understood the human tendency to agonize over situations. 

“Do not be anxious about anything,” Paul wrote (4:6).

But he didn’t stop there. He showed us something to DO:

          “… in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving,
          present your requests to God.”

He even tells us HOW – with thanksgiving.

In fact, Paul sandwiched his DO NOT between two slices of DO:

            “Rejoice in the Lord always” (4:4).

            “present your requests to God” (4:6).

The results: We lose the excess weight of anxiety when “the peace of God … guard(s) our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (4:7).

There are a few more suggestions in the fourth chapter of Philippians on what to DO. In light of current events in our world, nation, county, town, neighborhood, home … we would do well to check them out.

In the meantime, share below in the comments one thing for which you are thankful, and I’ll enter your name in a random drawing for a signed print (US only) or e-book copy of my latest award-winner, An Impossible Price. Drawing closes Saturday, October 2, 2021.


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watching for Clay, she would already have supper warm
and waiting. She really needed to prioritize her duties.
Worrying over a grown man who knew how to take care
of other people’s livestock as well as himself should not
be a priority.

But oh, what a grown man he was. ~An Impossible Price


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12 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This …

  1. Karen Gee

    Philippians 4:6-7 let’s us know that God wants to give us His peace. And we have the “recipe” to follow. We need to ask ourselves do we really believe and follow
    this teaching? God’s scripture is for our good. The choice is ours. Worry or peace?
    I am very thankful that I did not break any bones after a fall I took while in Ohio 3 weeks ago! I could not move my right arm so I had to go to the ER for X-rays and a CT scan. Made it back home and I am now caring for a rotator cuff injury. So thankful!!

    1. davalynn

      Thank the Lord you are all right, Karen!

  2. Phylis Moore

    The battle is the Lord’s!!! I don’t have to fight it! And nothing scares God 😀 He is the original “fixer-upper!”

    1. davalynn

      He’s got this!

  3. Roxanne C.

    I’m thankful that my daughter was able to come for a visit after not seeing each other for a few years.

    1. davalynn

      I hope you had a wonderful time, Roxanne.

  4. Denise Tutunjian

    So thankful for my health and for the health and well being of my family and loved ones. I am blessed.

    1. davalynn

      Blessed indeed, Denise!

  5. Shelia Hall

    God’s loving forgiveness/salvation and my daughter

    1. davalynn

      Wonderful, Shelia!

  6. Peggy Clayton

    I am thankful for the time when the pups are asleep and I can do bible reading . I have been really down and reading the bible lessons for the day and my Catholic readings for the day it has kind of helped me. My son is going thru bad marriage problems and at night has no where to go to sleep and he quit his job so she can go and get her masters so he is doing the moms work which is great for him but she is now stressed as she works with kids and has to come home to her kids and they are little 2,4 and her son who is 11. So I worry and we had planned to go out and see them I married and moved to Ia and none of my adult kids wanted to move from Ca so now she is saying I can only see the kids on his visitation days . She is all over and needs meds but won’t refill then she has been stay at home for so long and their wedding anniv is 4 years oct 20th it is so sad for the little ones . Today is son’s day and I love my son so much I feel so sad for him that is why the bible is so important for me every day!

    1. davalynn

      You have chosen the right path, Peggy. God’s word sustains us when nothing else can. May the Lord show His grace to all in this hard situation.


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