Monster Hunting

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Dear Friends,

Every day I fight a monster. He is truly a hideous beast, and he stalks me wherever I go. This particular monster doesn’t live inside my closet—he lives inside my head. And I hate him. I HATE HIM SO MUCH! Everyone has monsters they battle, and my ugly monster just happens to be stress. My mother tells me that if I don’t have something to worry about, I will INVENT something to worry about. That statement worries me. In fact, it stresses me out…

Hmmmm…… (((sigh))) (((rueful, sheepish chuckle)))

worry smileyOkay, so maybe my mom is right about me. Maybe I worry too much. I know stress isn’t healthy. And truthfully, I can see the effects of stress on my body—especially when it comes to my hair. I have started to turn gray—and not gracefully gray—SILLY gray. Most people get pretty silver highlights as they age—I’ve got a thick patch of white hair smack-dab in the middle of forehead. It looks like a giant bird let loose and pooped on my head. And since I can’t use hair dye—I’m stuck with my bird-poop patch. When I first noticed how weird it looked, I tried to pluck the white hairs with a pair of tweezers. That worked for a while, but I had to stop plucking when I realized I was replacing the bird-poop patch with a bald patch. Trust me, being bald in the middle of your forehead is worse than being gray. I know it’s silly, but every time I walk past a mirror, I look at the bird-poop patch and groan…

(Gracious!!! I think I’ve just discovered another character flaw—I hate to admit it, but I’m vain. I really hate looking silly, and my bird poop patch looks ridiculous…Oh, for Pete’s sake!!! Here I am writing about my tendency to worry, and here I am worrying about my hair…my mother is definitely right about me!!)

Ahem… (((self-conscious clearing of the throat)))

Let me try this again. I have a tendency to worry, and I know that living under constant stress isn’t right. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably sinful. After all, the Bible tells us 365 times to “FEAR NOT,” but I spend practically every day of my life doing the exact opposite of God’s command. If that’s not the definition of sin, I’m not sure what is. God doesn’t want us to live in fear—He wants us to live in faith. I just wish that living in faith wasn’t so BLASTED hard! I heard once that the devil is always trying to counterfeit God, and I’ve been told that worry is the devil’s counterfeit of faith.  Faith reassures us that everything is going to be fine. Worry yells loudly in our ear that everything is going to blow up in our face. I’ve come to the conclusion that I spend way too much time playing in the devil’s pond when it comes to worry, and I’ve GOT to cut it out. In fact, that’s going to be one of my New Year’s resolutions.

stress signHaving fully resolved to do better in this area, I’ve decided to stop stressing and trust that God’s got my back. Now, some of you can probably relate to my struggle, and if you can, I’m going to share with you some of the “power verses” that I’m going to cling to this year:

 

To combat my tendency to cross all of my bridges (and paths, and roads, and gates, and…) before I come to them:

Matthew 6:34–Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

To combat my tendency to envision the worst case scenario breathing down my neck:

2 Corinthians 10:4-5–For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

To combat my desire to have everything written down in black-and-white, explained in detail, copied in triplicate, notarized, and safely sealed in my safety deposit box:

2 Corinthians 5:7–For we walk by faith, not by sight.

To combat the idea that feeling stressed is an acceptable way to live and that I can’t overcome my worrying tendencies:

Philippians 4:6—Be careful for nothing [don’t worry]; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

To combat my tendency to lie awake at night stressing over stupid stuff like my “bird-poop-patched” hair and the big stuff too:

Psalm 127:2b—God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest.

To combat my tendency to let worry to run in frantic, unchecked circles in my brain:

2 Timothy 1:7—For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

To combat the idea that living a stress-free life is an unreachable goal:

Philippians 4:13—I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

confidence

Friends, I don’t know what New Year’s resolutions you’ve made, but this is one of mine. I WANT to live a worry-free and stress-free life. I know destressing isn’t something I can accomplish in my own strength, but I do believe that with God’s help I can forge a new pattern of thinking. I hope that you have a truly wonderful day, and I ask that you keep me in prayer as I battle my monster. And whatever monsters you are facing today, I encourage you to search the Scriptures and gather your ammunition. This year, let’s make our resolutions stick. This year, let’s load the big Biblical guns and go monster hunting. Let’s make 2016 the year of MONSTER DEFEAT!!!

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!

overcome stress(That’s my warrior’s yell, if you were wondering… It sounds FAR more intimidating than it looks on paper. Believe me, if we were in the same room, you’d be shaking in your boots. The worry monster had better watch out! I’m coming for it!)

 

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9 thoughts on “Monster Hunting

  1. Renette Steele

    Danele i love your sense of humor!!

    I have had those bird poops for real, gotten it a couple of times Yuck!

    I am sure your spot makes you look adorable because that’s what you are.

    I am a streaker, i have two big streaks of gray, one beside each ear, like ear tagging a cow.

    i loved the verses you gave i am going to put them in my journal with others, to help me with my monsters of inadequacy and negativity.

    Keep smiling and thanks for making us smile on a regular basics. GOD has truly blessed you!
    May His SONshine continue to rain/ reign down upon you!

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    1. Oh, Renette! You are such a delight! Thanks so much for making me smile! And thanks for the vote of confidence on my hair. I appreciate it! 🙂 We’ll battle our monsters together–arm-in-arm!! With both of us attacking the monsters they haven’t got a shot!! I say again: Aaaaaaahhhhaaaaagggaaaahhhhhh!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Ann Ellison

    That worry monster is one that will get you if you let it. I loved the scriptures you posted – they are wonderful reminders of God’s love and grace in our lives.

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    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Scriptures, Ann!! And I agree, the worry monster is awful! I picture him with long, nasty claws and matted black fur. He glares, snaps his teeth, and spits when he talks. He is perfectly dreadful, and I think it is high time I kick him out the door. He has no manners at all, and he’s overstayed his welcome in my life! 🙂 I hope you have a really wonderful day! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  3. Your sister in worry over here in Wisconsin is right there with you! Although I sometimes think that my worry genes are one way God can use to drive me to His feet. Still, worry can sap joy, and your verses and encouragement are spot on. And your patch of white hair is deliciously, gloriously unique and lovely! Don’t dare pluck one more hair from your head. (remember, God has them all numbered 🙂

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    1. Oh, Anita!! You are so much fun!!! I really enjoy talking with you!!! Now, I do have a bone to pick with you, though. Why couldn’t you have given me the command to stop plucking a couple of years ago?? A while back I was trying to shape my eyebrows and ended up minus one!! Your advice would have really come in handy before that little self-beautification effort!! LOL!! Luckily, my eyebrow grew back, but I looked really weird for a while. Some ladies can skillfully wield a pair of tweezers, but I need to keep mine firmly locked in a drawer. It’s always disaster when I try to use them. It’s kinda like trimming my bangs. By the time I have them straight, I’ve cut so much off that my whole forehead is practically showing–the good thing about that is that I don’t have to cut them again for a while! LOL!! Thanks for your fun comment! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and the verses! I hope you have a really wonderful night! 🙂

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  4. Caryl McAdoo

    I am living, testifying proof that you can be delivered from worry. Though I used to be one of the most fearful worriers in the world, I have not worried in so long I can’t remember…not a bit…not one time. God even protected me from worrying when my husband’s heart was beating 232 times a minute when we got to the hospital and they immediately used the shock pads on him…I didn’t know how bad it had been until it was over! Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow! 🙂 It is ALWAYS a good thing to talk about overcoming such as WORRY – a slap in God’s face because what it boils down to is not believing He can handle the situation. SO THREE CHEERS and YOU GO GIRL! Keep it up! Stand against WORRY – it’s straight from the devil, just like its cousin FEAR. Hallelujah!

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  5. Caryl McAdoo

    Oh yes, and Danele! EMBRACE the unique whiteness God gave you in the middle of your forehead! He thinks it makes you all the more beautiful and unique! 🙂 Love and hugs and blessings!

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