If one thing is true in my life, it’s that I fight insecurity on a daily… hourly… sometimes minute to minute basis. I have never dealt more with insecurity in my life than when I began my career in ministry. The more ministry leaders that I meet and the more people I talk to in general, the more I understand this widespread disease of insecurity. And it’s not just in women – insecurity sometimes runs deepest in men.
Single at 27. That’s something 15-year-old Stephanie would have never imagined her life looking like. I had this plan as a teenager and young college freshman - I would be married by 22, spend 5 years of wedded bliss with my rugged, manly husband, and start a family shortly after. It was all planned out – and in my mind, it was perfect. The only missing piece to my amazingly orchestrated life-map was the man of my dreams waltzing in, prince charming style, and sweeping me off my feet. I was sure God would send him to me in college…. Err, maybe grad school…. Hmm… possibly when I got a good job?
And here I am, 27 years old. No prince charming in sight. I’ll be completely honest – because that’s the only way I think this whole blogging thing will work – I am terrible at being single. Absolutely, 100%, no question about it – I’m a horrible single person.
Being a pastor, I talk to all kinds of people on a daily basis. One thing is true of most people I come in contact with – they have a problem with worrying. Worry is a common thread that runs through most of humanity – whether you’re male or female, young or old, rich or poor, spiritual or not – worry has a tendency to affect us all to some degree.
Personally, I have dealt with this burden of worry for many years. I often times find myself so frustrated with my inability to counteract these thoughts of worry. Why can’t I monitor my thoughts better? Why can’t I keep myself from worrying? Jesus was clear about the affect worry has on our bodies. He said, “Who of you can add a single hour to his life by worrying?” It’s pretty clear to me from this passage that worrying doesn’t add anything to our life; in fact, I would go so far as to say it is killing us – it’s literally making our lives shorter. If you’re reading this, chances are you know the true heaviness that comes with worry. The good news is, you don’t have to continue being a slave to it. Here are five things I’ve learned over the years about how to counteract this vicious enemy:
Hi! My name is Stephanie, and I'm the girl behind this blog! I'm a pastor and a writer and a lover of all things chocolate. As you browse the content on this page, I hope you find yourself encouraged and smiling. At some moments, perhaps you would even shed a tear or two. Most importantly, I pray you find hope in whatever season you're walking through. We are in this journey together, and my calling is to encourage you along the way!