Worry Turned into Peace

Woman's head laying down while thinking

~ As months of my unwanted pregnancy went by, I surrounded myself with Woe-Is-Me and What-If thoughts. Time I share how that began to change.

Not one person truly knew how I felt . . . that is, except God. And how did I know that? Because as worrisome thoughts began to take over, God sprinkled little pieces of hope with things He brought my way as past blogs show.

Slowly but surely, I began feeling more at peace as I began seeing more of my need for Him.

Reading my Bible and praying increased, and my worries of being a mom decreased. The book of Psalms, which holds many verses about having faith and building trust in God, became my daily must.

Before all this took place, I often wondered how people could say they had peace inside during an extra-tough time. During my pregnancy, I learned how. I felt more and more peace-filled as the due date got closer. I began to see how this trial was peeling off my woes of not being able to go after what I had planned. He was replacing that hope with wanting me to be actually become something else: a mom.

So what’s the main point of telling the inside, heartfelt part of my story? 
To share a few things I learned during those trying few months.

– The trials of this life will, with prayer, lead to joy if we patiently trust in God’s plan and discover how to use adversity to grow stronger. One of the purposes of trials is to help us grow closer to Christ, understand His teachings in our minds, feel them in our hearts, and live them in our lives.

– To show that worrying does absolutely no good. Be concerned, yes, but worrying to the point where it gets you down in the dumps, forget it. Now I’m not saying all my worries were 100% gone. Heck no. But my pillow sure noticed more peace was growing inside of me, while that precious baby was growing inside as well.

Philippians 4:6-7   
Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.

Marianne Petersen’s book God and My Pillow is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
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