Tag Archives: Worry

Give Yourself a Break!


Photo by Ashley L. Jones, 2016

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. Thankfully, God has taught me something that’s made a big difference in how I approach difficulties: I’ve learned that we shouldn’t feel guilty about being stressed!

In my latest blog, hosted on the site LiftUpYourDay.com, I talk about the difference between worry and stress.

I think the problem for Christians is that we confuse stress with doubt or worry. Doubt is a lack of belief, and worry is the result of doubting God. Stress, on the other hand, is a physiological response to a stimulus—whether negative (like a car accident) or positive (like planning a wedding)—that disturbs or interferes with our normal equilibrium (Dictionary.com).

When we’re stressed, it just means we’re going through something. It doesn’t mean we trust God any less, so there’s no reason to feel guilty about it.

We’re all going through something and, odds are, it’s adding stress to our lives. So, do something for yourself today and check out my blog, Give Yourself a Break.


I’m excited to report that I am now a regular contributor on LiftUpYourDay.com! This means I will have monthly blogs posted on their site, right alongside great bloggers and writers like my friends Michelle Medlock Adams and Jann W. Martin.

I’ll be sure to share the links to those posts here so you don’t miss anything. When you click over to their site, take some time to check out other encouraging words to lift up your day.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment or email me through the Contact Big Sister link. Thanks so much for your support!

Don’t Borrow Trouble

"Worry" is not a word often spoken in a kayak.

“Worry” is not a word often spoken in a kayak. (Photo by Ashley L. Jones)

Are you worried about how you’ll get through tomorrow, next week, or next year? Like me, you may have peace that God’s grace is sufficient for today, but you can’t help but worry about the future.

I wrote today’s blog, “Don’t Borrow Trouble,” a couple weeks ago. That was before I had to travel to Orange Park so my kitty, Sue, could have surgery. Thankfully, she’s doing very well, and I get to take her home today. But, I know worry; it comes in all shapes and sizes. However, no matter how big or how bad tomorrow looks, it never helps to worry about it today.

My new friend Lindsey P. Brackett understands. She has a beautiful blog site, Just Write Life, where she writes about faith, life, writing, and all the beautiful and difficult things in between. Lindsey graciously agreed to host my blog this week, so click over to her site to read it: Don’t Borrow Trouble. While you’re there, check out her other posts and let her know you stopped by.

Thanks for reading!