November 4, 2011

What A Friend

One of my part time jobs is subbing a few hours a week at a local Christian school.  I sub for grades 5-8 and I love it.  I taught grades 6-8 in MA and I really enjoy this age.  They are just great!

When I'm there on Friday afternoon, we start off with a hymn and devotion.  They sing a different hymn everyday and so on Fridays we sing What A Friend We Have In Jesus.  I like this hymn and have sang it hundreds of times.  Today though, it hit a little close to home.  I'm a worrier and I've been worrying the past couple of days a little more than I normally do (The Man might disagree with that statement but I think it's true!)  This is what I posted on Twitter last night: So, you know when you really want something to work out one way and you think it might but then it looks like it might not so you're left hanging in limbo praying your little heart out? And it might be better if you could talk to someone but you can't really share with anyone? That's me, right now.

So there's this stuff that's going on and I really want to talk about it but I can't.  So it turns over and over in my head.  I worry about it. I know it doesn't help at all but I can't seem to help myself.  I've been praying but not enough.  I haven't been leaving it with Jesus.  I've been giving it to him and then snatching it back so I can continue to worry.  I've been forfeiting peace and been discouraged because I haven't been praying and leaving my issues with God like I should.  These lyrics were a great reminder of what I need to.  I'm working on it.  And when I have an answer, I'll be sharing, I promise!

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.


  1. Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of aNovember 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I have the same problem.  I know I should give things to God, but I just can't help but snatch them back to worry about them myself.  I never get anywhere by doing'd think I'd learn! 

  2. Here are some things that God has helped me with lately:

    I don't think I've done a great job of giving things to God/letting go, but what I have found in prayer is the ability to stay in the moment more (not always!) and not be so quick to rush in the future to the paths of worry I've gone to again with Infertility, or whatever. Again, not always successful, but doing better.

    I take comfort in knowing that he won't give me more than I can ever handle, regardless of the outcome.


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