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Why We Should All Stretch Our Worries To Heaven

By Princess Ventures

My Past Personal Worries

A month before my last HS senior year started, I was bombarded with responsibilities:
writing SciTech articles for our school publication, teaching students violin and voice, attending
bible studies and my community, and most especially, preparing for my college application forms
and entrance exams.

I became anxious and paranoid.

Every single day, I would push myself to do my responsibilities. My planner would dictate to
me that at this time, I must start doing this despite the lack of motivation. And as a person who is a
perfectionist and loves challenging myself, I kept moving forward. I’ve come to the point my weekly
schedule was always full and my mom got used to me always going out of the house to fulfil my
duties.

Then, unsurprisingly, it happened. I have drained my energy trying to keep up with all of the
activities and responsibilities thrown at me. Because of the physical drain, it also drained the other
pillars of my life emotionally and spiritually.

Anxiety and stress were manifesting in my body as headaches and backaches. It would
cause panic attacks out of the blue and there’s this certain heaviness in my heart and mind.

I found it so ironic. Despite attending bible studies and church communities, my spiritual
level was declining exponentially. And I knew the reason why.

We Are Prideful

It’s our my human nature to be proud. We grew up independent, believing that we can only
rely on ourselves to make things happen. We think we could juggle all of our accountabilities on our
own. We are too coped up with our lives on the fast lane of work and responsibilities that we think
we don’t need to pray because “we have everything in control”.

But one day, around 6 PM, I kneeled down on my knees and broke down before God.

“I can’t take this anymore,” I cried out to Him. “Please help me God. Please help me.”

It was one of the most defining moments of my year. My one-to-one leader asked me before,
“What part of your life you still haven’t surrendered to God?” And I knew it was this. But it was hard
to admit to God and to myself that I still haven’t.
But there I was finally letting myself cry in God’s warm embrace, letting go of my worries.
And I encourage that you should too.

1. God will give us peace


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7

Whenever something bad happens or will happen in our lives and it completely throws us
off, our natural tendency is to worry. We worry that we might make it worse or we won’t be able to
handle and fix it.

In times of my own troubles, God presented me this passage and I instantly became calmer.
God calls us back to Him, to trust Him. He is able to do anything; thus, He can remove all our worries
and problems.

However, God asks us to present all our worries to Him. To fully surrender our life for His
glory and be sincere in our hearts that we need Him in our lives. Right then and there, He will soften
our hearts and give us our peace.

2. God loves to hear from us


“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his
will, he hears us” - 1 John 5:14

Just like how our biological parents love hearing us share about the happenings of our day,
it is same true with our Heavenly Father - and even more!

Not only will He listen to our joys, He will gladly listen to our sorrows.

For us to be heard, we don’t have to do an appointment or fall in line with the rest of the
Christians. Instead, He gave us unlimited access to talk to Him anywhere and anytime. And through
our private and sincere conversations with Him, we grow to know Him more.

Just like how our parents loves to hear our voices whenever we call to them, our Heavenly
Father loves to hear us. There’s nothing sweeter to Him than our gentle voices calling and praising
His name.

3. God is willing to provide


“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16
When we face problems or have a personal request, we all may have experienced that
praying it to God is the last item in our checklist or it isn’t even on it. Either because we have been
to occupied with our overflowing emotions or we don’t believe and trust in Him that He can help us.

But He is reminding us that as His children, we are inheritors of all of His resources. ​It is His
nature to provide for His children. He’s a giving God, a loving God.

Nothing will ever be too difficult for Him to handle. As He can move mountains and part
oceans, He can provide for us when we’re praying for our upcoming exams, changing the hearts of
our friends and family, or financial stability.

He receives delight whenever He bestows blessings on us. By directly and sincerely


presenting our requests to God, it is an opportunity for Him to pour His blessings on us.

All we have to do is trust in Him.

Baby Step: What worry will you stretch to heaven today?

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