What concerns you today? Bills? Health? Your new manuscript? Whatever worries you may have, God is with you.
I worried that my manuscript was not good enough. I had reason to worry. It was horrible! Like most first drafts mine needed work. However, mine needed an entire rewrite.
I love the Word of God and my manuscript was filled with Scripture. God provided an editor to help me. I asked him to be hard on my writing.
“Are you sure, Cherrilynn?”
“Absolutely, I can take it. I was the only female on a flight crew in the Navy, I have thick skin.”
“As long as you don’t take my critique and edits personally,” he cleared his throat.
“My first impression, if I wanted to read that much Scripture I would open my Bible.”
Our conversation lasted over an hour as he expressed that I needed more stories and needed to write in the present tense. As a new author, I asked many questions.
“Cherrilynn, let’s work on the first three chapters and see how you apply what I’ve taught you.”
“I’m on it!”
When the chat ended I felt a pit in my stomach. The Holy Spirit reminded me of a lesson I learned when I was anxious.
“Worrier” I said into my phone. The voice search activation came up with “Warrior.” I did it again. Same results. Either I do not know how to pronounce the word, or my android is agreeing with God on what He is teaching me.
Worrying had made me physically ill. I was a new follower of Jesus. I had spent the last 28 years thinking for myself. I was good at solving most problems. If I could not solve them, I was good at worrying about them. So what’s a worrier to do?
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat: or about your body, what you will wear.” (Luke 12:22)
Thank you Jesus for telling me not to worry, but how do I stop?
I felt like I was in good company. The Disciples worried. They worried about how to feed the multitudes, they worried about who was the greatest, and they even worried about dying.
Seems like good things to worry about.
“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.” (Luke 21:14)
Lord please teach me how to “make up my mind right now not to worry.”
I made the decision to pray instead of say. I gave my worries about my manuscript edits to God. The peace came slowly, I prayed with intent and focus. With Gods help, I exchanged worrier for warrior.
What did I pray? Scripture, of course. Here are a few scriptures to help turn you into a Warrior and leave worrying behind. All verses are English Standard Version (ESV).
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
My editor and I worked hard. It took me three revisions and four edits of the manuscript but it’s getting published in 2020. Hallelujah. I recited these verses to myself daily. God gave me peace as he promised.
I implore you to memorize at least two of these verses. Become a prayer Warrior. The worry will melt away and be replaced with peace.
What do you do when you find yourself worrying?
Cherrilynn Bisbano is an author, a book proposal writer, and a vendor partner for Christian Authors Community & Services. She is also Leadership Certified: Christian Leaders Institute.