A prayer when you worry


a tomorrow of uncertainty
i peek ahead
i sense my lack

i am timid

until i rehearse
You are more
You are abundance

You unclutter today’s space of tomorrow’s stock
You store supplies til needed
Your treasury of wealth never ends

the beauty of provision is Your gift
i live in plenty because You live in me
presence is Your present

always enough
in this moment
for this time

now is peace in rest
You hold on to tomorrow
i’ll stay here—with You—in today

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Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 (The Message)

Do you have a favorite verse when you worry? Please share.


22 thoughts on “A prayer when you worry

  1. Linda@Creekside

    ‘Peace I leave you, My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.’

    This, my blessed mantra in the midnight hours, when sleep fails to come, when unneeded thoughts intrude, when way too many ‘ifs’ begin to crowd in …

    I love your poem, friend. You, too.

  2. Leah Adams

    ‘Presence is your present’. Wow, that is so good, and so true. Stopping in from #TellHisStory. When I opened your blog and saw your picture, I thought that I stumbled on a blog from a local friend, whose name is also Lisa. You and she could be twins!! Blessings to you!

  3. Janet

    “I’ll live in plenty because you live in me” Indeed and Amen! I am so glad to see you reach for poetry today – it’s like uncluttered thoughts laid bare. This is lovely.

  4. Susan M.

    You cannot know how very much I needed to read this post today–thank you!

    Favorite “anti-worry” verse, “Surely the arm of The Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1

  5. Lynn Severance

    “presence is Your present” – what “more” could we need? All else is a bonus and too often it is easy to make the “bonus” areas in our life become the focus. I know it can be for me – or the longing for “more” -since I am most often homebound and count immensely on His presence to sustain me as other areas for involvement have been diminished.

    Psalm 27 is where I go when the darkness of fear or worry takes over: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

  6. Tracy

    Hi Lisa, such a great poem, so calming and reassuring to be in the present and leave tomorrow to God. Being present in today certainly takes away a lot of self-induced stress! Thanks for visiting, commenting and linking up every week. You are a huge encouragement to me. As to my favourite scripture, it kind of changes from day to day, but the one I always come back to is Matt 6v33: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL His righteousness and the rest shall be added unto you.
    God bless

  7. Jen

    Hi, Lisa! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Tell His Story. You’ve written a beautiful poem! I especially like this line, “until I rehearse” because it captures the need to be reminded over and over again of Who He is and who we are in Him! I’m sharing this one around – thanks!
    Jen 🙂

  8. Ceil

    Hi Lisa! I really like the Psalm verse: “Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble. Be with my Lord, I pray.”

    Staying in today is a mantra for me now. It’s very easy for me to get nervous about the future, and rue the past. Not great attitudes, I know. Sometimes that Message translation really hits home, doesn’t it? “Don’t get worked up…” That’s so great!!

    Wishing you peace in this moment,

  9. floyd

    This is great. My favorite verse is Isaiah 8:13, “The Lord your God is the One you are regard as holy, He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread.”

    At a glance that sounds scary, but in the context it was written it makes perfect sense. God’s chosen often fear or revere and show more respect to the things of this world than God Himself that controls all things in this world.

  10. bluecottonmemory

    Poetry can say something stories cannot – holding on to Him in the right now. I’m learning – I’m so impatient I read the ends of books first – but I’m learning to live fully, faithfully, in the right now. Wishing I could be more consistent with doing it His kind of gracefully. Thank you, Lisa – I so needed this!

  11. Kim Adams Morgan

    Lisa, I’m stopping in from Thought Provoking Thursday. This is a beautiful poem and perfect today. I find it so hard to stay in today. I’m a planner, especially lately with so much going on in the Morgan household.

    I just saw Jeremiah 29:11 while out for yogurt last night. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    I’m sure it was no mistake the Lord meant for me to see this and now your post. I will stay in today and let Him take care of the tomorrows.

  12. David

    Very nice poem! Very nice poem.

    And I love “sufficient unto the day is the business thereof”. I wish my mind would just rest though: it will always tear into something – tomorrow, yesterday, …

    “Rest in God” is what I tell myself.

    Thank you for your post


  13. Krista

    Joshua 1:9 I sought the Lord and He anwered me, He delivered me from all my fears. 🙂

    What an amazing prayer/poem. I will tuck this into my favorites for inspiraton. 🙂

    1. Krista

      HA, guess I need to get my verses straight (blush!) Psalm 34:4.

      My son’s favorite verse is Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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