What are you wearing?

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

My grandmother is a chronic worrier.

She worries over everything and I am not exaggerating.

She worries over the weather, my son staying up late, what someone may say to her, how she perceives someone is seeing her, her dressing, her lack of more clothes to wear.

You sit with her for a minute and you will surely see where there is something she can share with you that she is worrying about.

Lately, she’s been worried about the Lord’s return coupled with her health issues.

As I pause and analyze her, I wonder if her worrying habit has gained momentum because she has been practicing this act all her life?

Could she at this age now be considered a Doctorate of worry?

I know it’s not funny, well, it is to some degree (pun intended), but how many of us are like this?

As I think of this struggle of my grandmother, it can be easy for me to point my finger at her for her lack of faith or for her choice to continually rock back and forth in this non-moving chair. I can even scold her and ask her what kind of example she is setting for me, the younger generation, however somehow I feel the Lord wants me to give her grace and to show her understanding and compassion. Besides, she’s been doing her thang for decades, who do I think I am to convince her to do otherwise?

Let’s bring this lesson home.

Maybe worrying is not the vice either you or I struggle with.

Possibly it is overeating.

Or gossiping?

Or being inactive with our bodies (exercising)?

Or what about being slothful?

Not being diligent in our daily devotions?

Our tempers?

Our passivity?

Whatever it is, there is something that we may be practicing over time that we find that we have become “good” at when we certainly should not only have any degree in it, but it should not be named among us.

There is a maxim, “practice becomes perfect” and so what bad habits are we practicing today that we should be quitting?

What clothes are we donning that needs to be taken off and in the proverbial fire, be placed to be burnt?

Soul searching time for us, especially as our Lord’s return draws closer and closer.

“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you.” Psalms‬ ‭139:1-2, 23-24‬ ‭TPT‬‬

#thoughtfulthursday

42 thoughts on “What are you wearing?

  1. A very thought provoking post. Made me think of habits ( not good ones) that we have that we keep on practising. Just this week at our church we were asked to consider what it means to be giving our all and our best to God in every area of our life.
    It is always good to take time to reflect and follow up with intended action to change.
    And I know I should not laugh, but I couldn’t help it with your joke about your Grandma being a ‘Doctorate of Worry’
    Blessings Dee 😊💙

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    1. I know, I’m still laughing at that too, Manu 🤭

      I love that thought your church has given: what does it mean to give the Lord the best in EVERY area of our lives? That is so convicting for me. Ouch!

      May the Lord help is to indeed reflect, take careful note and effect change. 🙏🏽

      Blessings to you always 💕

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  2. I love the rocking chair quote Dee! I find myself worrying a lot too but God has shown me how sinful it is because I’m not trusting in Him when I worry. And most of my worries haven’t even happened anyway. Hugs!❤

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    1. Aha my sister, worrying is indeed sinful. It shows our lack of trust in our Lord and Master. As I read your response I thought of Philippians 4:8 that reminds us to think on the things that are true. Many times, our thoughts aren’t true, meaning, they are what-ifs and presuppositions which as you shared, don’t even manifest.

      May the Lord really help us to get out of that chair and sit only in His lap 🙏🏽

      Hugs back 🤗❤️

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  3. Absolutely loved it! I had to read it over again. It made me think about my own habits and how I need to change. How I see others, am I seeing them through Christ’s eyes?

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    1. Marie, Marie, Marie.
      You’ve opened up a door I hadn’t even thought of – are we seeing others through the eyes of Christ. You’ve certainly stepped on my toes with that one. Whew!

      May the Lord really help is to change and be truly transformed into His image. 🙏🏽

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  4. Thanks Dee for encouraging us to examine ourselves. It’s easy to overlook our own faults and point out someone else’s. Poor Grandma lol, but she’s definitely not alone. We all have areas where we need to learn to trust God more. 💕

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    1. Yes!! This was definitely where the Lord led me with this observation of my grandma. I sat in the kitchen and watched her countenance change from worry too more worry and wondered how she can function. From there the Lord began showing me I have faults of my own. I tell you, Abba is real good at showing me that I have beams in my eyes 😌

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  5. I am glad your post is not about the clothes I am wearing because I have been wearing COMFORTABLE since the shutdown lol

    To be clothed in Christ’s righteousness and the fruit of the Spirit is so needed

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  6. I’m not familiar with the The Passion Translation, but I love the way it renders Psalm 139:24–“See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you.” I can easily forget that my way can become a path of pain; his way is always excellent, magnificent, and for my best good. Indeed, Lord, keep me on your path with you! (Thank you, Precious One!)

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    1. Amen and amen to that prayer, Nancy. We want to forever stay on His path – with Him. 🙌🏽

      As for the Passion Translation, I’ve found that the rendering of some verses are so heart moving. They express sentiments I couldn’t begin to conjure. If you do take a look, let me know your thoughts. The translations are only for Psalms, Proverbs, Solomon and the New Testament.

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  7. I liked what you said in your reply to Vivian, “Get out of the chair (rocking) and sit in His lap.” That’s a beautiful picture of one who is resting in the Lord. I laughed out loud when you said your grandma has a doctorate in worry! She’s been to the School of Hard Rocks!

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    1. She certainly has for certain Ms. Deb. Sigh. My prayer is that she fully embraces our Savior’s love, and so do we. 🙏🏽

      And yes, we all need to sit in our Daddy’s lap and allow Him to soothe us.

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  8. Smiles. Your grandma seems to have a lot of things on her mind. 🙂 But funny we can be that way too. Phew!. We move from one anxiety to another and it keeps spinning. 😓
    Thank God we can set our hearts above and on Him. He indeed lifts off our burdens.
    Thanks for sharing this big sis. ❤

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    1. Indeed. She certainly has many many things there and yes, if we’re not careful, we can be just like that and eventually our minds spiral out of control – help us Lord 🙏🏽

      You’re welcome little sis. I’m so thankful the Lord is a present help for us in times of thoughts 🤗❤️

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  9. Yes! I love how you pointed out how we all have different struggles. It is too easy to get focused on what someone else struggles with, forgetting that we have our own as well.

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  10. Hi sweetheart…I loved your story and realize where you are coming from. How?…because I’m guilty of just the subject you raised. How dare we criticize others for their short comings when ours are extra long. Last week one of my Christian friends confessed to me that she had just seen a mother with 3 kids at an intersection holding a sign and begging for food and money to pay rent. I asked my friend what did she do. She said nothing! Here excuse was she needed to get home to fix her husband’s dinner. NOW, you know where my head went and my eye brows. So, pray for me, too, as you lift up your grandmother.

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    1. Hola Mother Fowler,

      Unfortunately, many times we can be so fixated on doing what we originally intended on doing that we miss opportunities to be kind to others. We miss opportunities to deviate from our program and be a blessing. We look at interruptions as distractions and are not willing to offer even a cup of cold water. May the Lord have mercy on us all.

      Thank you for your transparency today. Thank you for reminding us how we all need to pray for each other. You will remain faithfully in my prayers 🙏🏽

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