Posted by: Kris Lindsey | January 8, 2014

Day 3 – Worried About What?

My heart pounded and my calves ached as I paced up the slight rise in the pavement by my house. Two laps down, one to go. Only two more days to get in shape. We’ll see how this goes.

A girlfriend invited me to hike with her to a waterfall in the hills on Saturday—just the motivation I needed to get me exercising again. But judging from the shape I was in, it was liable to be more like a death march than a hike.

Funny, though. When I first started thinking of New Year’s resolutions, I wrote a list of things I should do—including exercise. Then I laid this list aside and opted to get closer to God with my 21 day connection challenge instead.

Now, here I was exercising.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Seek God, and he will provide what I need, including a good workout? Hmmm.

I continued thinking about the Bible verses I’d read earlier—my Connection Challenge Aid for the day—while I walked on. Jesus said not to worry about what to eat, drink, or wear. Fortunately, I didn’t worry much about those things. But what did I worry about?

My writing. The thought of facing a blank computer screen with that little curser beep, beep, beeping at me sent a knot straight to my stomach.

Writing Worry

You of little faith. The words from my Bible passage jolted my heart. If I had more faith that God would provide the words I need to write, maybe writing would be a more pleasant experience.

I’ll find out soon. Today’s my writing day.

I stepped from the pavement, down my driveway, and through the front door. After stowing my coat, I turned on the computer and opened the file with my latest writing project.

Lord, please help me.

After a minute of reviewing what I’d already written, and another prayer about my next topic, a phrase popped into my head, then another. I wrote them down.

Forty-five minutes later I scrolled up the page, surprised by how much I’d written. All that, and with a calm stomach.

Thank you for your provision, Jesus.

 

What do you worry about? If you read Matthew 6:25-34, what stood out to you?

Below is tomorrow’s “Connection Challenge” exercise:

Premise: To receive God’s power and peace in my life, I need to be connected to Jesus (John 15:4-5).

Guidelines: For 21 days, my only goal will be to connect with Jesus throughout each day. I can also do any other activity if I can do it with Jesus.

Connection Aid: Day 4, Thursday January 9: Pray

Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV) says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” I will talk with Jesus throughout the day (pray), asking Him for guidance in all I do, listening with my heart, then doing what I believe Jesus wants me to do.

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Responses

  1. Good job, Kris. Loved it!!! Isn’t it strange how a thing as little as a blinking cursor can cause sweat, palpitation, swirling head, unsettled thoughts amid other things. Thanks for the encouragement to pray first.

    • Hi Susan. I thought my writer friends might relate to this. Praise God that He cares about even the small things that irritate us. Thanks for the encouraging feedback.

  2. While sticking close to God is always the “right” priority, it is also the sweetest. 🙂 When we do that, what needs to comes together, does. Not always our way, but it comes together nonetheless. It’s being at peace with that reality that keeps my chin up. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • You did an awesome job of that last year with all your drawn-out trials. Thanks for your example, and for taking the time to comment. And yes, it is so sweet!

  3. Thanks for writing this. Helps to know we writers aren’t alone. And yes, abiding with Jesus helps with writer’s block.


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