Tonsils Out. Worry Out.

On Thursday morning–
Colson is getting his tonsils out.
And yesterday–
My worry came out.

It’s not that I think the surgery is a big deal.
It’s just that my love for this kiddo is a big deal.

Time for post a from the archives,
And a prayer that God will empty the fear,
And replace it with Him.

“Heart regular rhythm without a murmur or gallop…”

As a child, I would listen to my dad, a family doctor,
dictate charts…slowly memorizing a whole list of
Add in 5 children and a husband–
and I can come up with many hypothetically tragic scenarios to consume hours of worry-filled energy.

My mom had a blood clot in her leg–
I immediately began feeling pain in one of mine.
Our daughter complained of stomach pain–
I was sure her appendix was about to rupture.
It didn’t help that our 4th child’s symptoms were a reality.sick child
After months of reassurances…
We learned that Selah had the disease Pompe
Which she eventually died from in April 2008.
In some ways, that led to a healthy perspective–

Teach me to number my days,
that I may present to you a heart of wisdom.
~Psalm 90:12

On the other hand–it only amplified my tendency to–
It is such a struggle for me.
But I’m thankful for the battle–
Because it keeps me coming back to God, clinging to Him, focusing my mind and heart on what I know is True.

So how do I battle the worry?

1. I call it sin.
In my worry, I’m doubting who God is, His control over all things.
I’m forgetting His unfailing love.
I ask Him to help me–  Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. ~2 Cor. 10:5

It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity,
because worrying means that we do not think
that God can look after the details of our lives,
and it is never anything else that worries us.
~Oswald Chambers

2. I cling to my worry-verses.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. ~Psalm 56:3
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. ~James 5:13
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~Philippians 4: 5 and 6

3. I stay in the present.
God promises strength for the current….not the anticipated.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. ~Matthew 6:34

God already knows what my tomorrow will be…it will not catch Him off guard…
He begs you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present.
~George Macdonald
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
~Corrie Ten Boom

4. I choose to believe.
I will believe who God is.
I will believe that His love is faithful.
I will believe that His plan, what He allows, is best.
And I will pray– I believe, help my unbelief. ~Mark 9:24

5. I pray thankfulness.
With His help, I give thanks.
With His help, I remember–
That if my hope is not in Him,
I’m clinging to an idol.

Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security. ~Elisabeth Elliot

6. I remember that little eyes are watching.
A huge motivator.
I want to live out– Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7

7. I think about Heaven.
This is not the end.
I know Heaven is real.
And that changes everything.

If God is for us, who can be against us?…
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 8: 31, 32, 35, 38, 39

My battle with worry is never really over.
It’s a constant struggle.
But when I start to sink into a swirling pit of fear,
I want to face and fight the battle–
With Him and through Him.
…for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. ~2 Timothy 1:7

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  1. Kara, I , too, am amazed at how my own struggles are never ending. Moment by moment has become my motto. I choose every moment peace or panic, joy or grumbling, worry or trust. I have to choose because by default I go toward the negative mindset. It is a battle.
    ” I choose to believe. I will believe who God is. I will believe that His love is faithful.
    I will believe that His plan, what He allows, is best.” <——This outlook has been life changing for me. God is good, all the time.

  2. I came across your blog awhile ago. I have appreciated your words of honesty. I needed to hear this today. Thank yo!.

  3. Saying a prayer for Colson and for your heart. Thank you for this post filled with wisdom that I need to soak in and apply to my life.

  4. Thanks for this. I like how you put it “my worry came out”. Sarah had her tonsils out when she was in 4th grade. It changed her voice.

  5. This last year I have had this struggle like never before. Courtney at Women Living Well posted a quote a few months back that I think you might appreciate, “You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.” I have told myself this quote over and over again as I’ve had to face my own fears and stand brave so that I could help my son face his challenges. God bless you and your son this week.

  6. Stacee T. says:

    We’re praying for Colson! I vividly remember when Savy got hers out. Call me if you need anything!! <3

  7. LeAnn Williams says:

    Kara, my prayers are being sent; I will pray that all will go well and that you will feel God’s peace and love. I can relate to many of your thoughts. We have had a couple of grandchildren that we almost lost. You will win this battle because you have great faith. I loved all of your quotes and I know that God is with you. I think we all worry about these kind of situations and you have had a hard thing already; so I am sure that mulitples your concern.
    Hugs and prayers for you!

  8. Thank you for sharing your response to worry, Kara! I especially love how you hold fast to your “worry verses” and keep focused on thinking about Heaven.
    I’m glad your sons tonsils are safely out. Blessings,

  9. Hannah Rose says:

    Great post-thank you for reminding me of this TRUTH! Praying all goes smoothly. <3


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