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Overcoming Worry

Some people—like my husband, seem to have a casual, relaxed, everything’s-gonna-work-out attitude toward life without even trying. Not me. I’m a worrier.

The thing about being a worrier is that it can be passed down to my children. They see their mom handle life as a nervous Nelly, and they can pick up on it. I don’t want that. Being a worrier can weigh you down. I’d much rather have them adopt their fathers attitude toward life.

To that end, I’ve come up with a special project that will hopefully serve as a visual reminder to them. Everyone, even my hubby and I are participating. It’s called the “Cast Your Cares” box. We’ve decorated an empty Quaker Oats container with construction paper, markers and glitter glue and the words from 1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Whenever we feel anxious, we write our worry out on a slip of paper and place it in the box as a reminder that we are letting go of our anxiety and trusting God to guide us through it. It has even helped us keep each other in check! If I start to express a worry aloud, one of the kids will invariably say, “Put it in the “Cast Your Cares” box mom!”

One unexpected bonus of the box is that the kids have been more open with me about their concerns. Even my boys, who ordinarily tell me very little about school have been sharing with me. It has been a great visual reminder of a truth we can too often forget.

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