Lent Devotion Guide #6 – Overcoming The Lies: Worry

MONDAY MARCH 1, 2021

An Introduction
Hello Connect Church Family! As we prepare for the coming of Easter I will be sharing a sermon series titled, “Overcoming the Lies.” To accompany the sermon series and help us grow as individual Christians, we have also put together this devotional guide. I hope this will be a blessing to you! Every weekday, for the next several weeks, you are invited to join your church family and spend a few moments in this book. A number of people from our church community have contributed to make this booklet possible. On other days I have shared short thoughts on scriptures and left space for you to pray through what the scripture means for you. I hope you will join me and many others in your church family as we prepare for the coming of Easter!
-Pastor Adam Ricks

Read: Isaiah 40:31

Mark Twain once said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” As wise as he was and as poetic as that sounds, this hasn’t saved me from many sleepless nights. I’ve spent most of my adult life worrying non-stop about how I’m going to take care of the people who rely on me the most. Was I being a good mom, a good daughter, a good friend, a good Christian, a good employee and a good boss? Surprise, no amount of worry was going to keep my adult child out of jail or my mom from losing her mind. Sometimes life just happens and it sucks! One of the earliest memories from my childhood was singing “On Eagles Wings,” at the top of my lungs in our small Catholic Church. Obviously, at 5 years old, the meaning of that song was a little lost on me. However, it’s stuck with me for the last 37 years and is my go-to for getting through hard times. When the weight of the world is on your shoulders and the unimaginable has happened, only one thing can get you through it. Hitting my knees and giving it to God. It’s at that time the weight lifts a little and I find the strength needed to continue on and take care of what needs to be done.
-Kirsten Ledington (ConnectUMC Member)