Fighting Worry for the Woman in Ag
You are going about your day. Running the kids around, cleaning house, feeding animals, etc. when it dawns on you that you haven’t heard from your farmer in awhile. You know he’s rock picking over at the farm, but you think “I’ll give him a call and see how it’s going”. You call. The phone rings, and rings, and rings and then voice mail. You think, “Ah he’s just left his phone in the tractor and has gotten out to check something and didn’t hear it ring.” So you wait a bit, throw some laundry in the wash and then call again a bit later. This time the phone does not ring but goes straight to voicemail. You tell yourself, “Good grief, he let his phone die again. He should have plugged it in last night.” But truth be told, there is a slight bit a doubt and worry growing in your mind. “What if he’s in trouble?” “What if something happened?” “Maybe I should run over and see how things are going and make sure he’s ok?”
While that internal debate goes on, you figure, "I’ll give him a little more time. It’s almost lunch time, he’ll be home soon." So you give him a bit longer and sure enough here he comes driving into the yard! Whew! You didn’t realize how worried you really were. You tell yourself, “Next time I won’t get so worked up. I know he works hard to be as safe as possible.”
I know I'm not alone in my worry. There is so much at stake in the agricultural lifestyle.
I don’t know about you, but I worry most about the people and things I love! I love my farmer. I love the farm. I love our children. I love our lifestyle. I love using our equipment to do the things we need to on the farm. I love our animals. So, there are many opportunities and reasons to worry.
I also know that I have to take active deliberate steps to keep worry from taking over!
So, when I worry I try to refocus by going to the Ultimate Authority for reassurance. So I thought I’d compile a bit of a "Fighting Worry cheat sheet" that provides reassurance for the most common worries! I hope that this helps you as we all jump head first into spring and the busiest seasons!
There is no controlling the weather and it is such a "make it or break it" piece to the agricultural puzzle.
Matthew 6:25-34 says, “Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment” Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measurement of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more cloth you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself…”
God created all things, but we can be reassured that we are most valuable to God. As such, He cares about what we care about! There is nothing that will separate us from his love and care.
Romans 8:38-39 tells us, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This could probably be combined with the weather, but I thought it was important to share this verse.
Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty...”
We are to bring honor to God in all things, even our crops!
Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,"
This is a real everyday concern. Farming is high risk for injury and loss. Those working in and around equipment are at risk. Our children are at risk playing in the farmyard. We can minimize safety risk, but we can't remove it from our lives altogether. I hope you'll cling tightly to these verses.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Psalm 4:8 "In peace will I both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
Every parent worries about their children. We worry that we will raise them well, that they will make good choices and that their hearts will be turned toward God. There are many verses about children and raising them for God, but this one spoke the most to my heart.
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
God cares for us as parents and also cares for our children. We need to continue to give Him our concerns and cares. Sometimes that means multiple times across the day!
Marriage is tough. It is a constant learning and growing experience. Our relationship with our spouse, needs to be continually brought to God in prayer.
Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””
I think it is so interesting that being content with what we have and God's reminder that He will never leave us is in the same sentence. To me, I think it's God's way of acknowledging for us how worrisome money matters can be and reminding us that no matter what, we do not face our challenges alone.
Things we cannot control
There are so many variables in agriculture that we cannot control.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Philippians 4:6-7,19 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I hope these verses will help you to leave your worry behind, trust that God is right beside you going through your daily life with you, and that He cares deeply and passionately for you!
If one of the verses spoke to you, write it down, attach it to your fridge, mirror, or wherever you'll read it the most! I will be posting several of these verses on The Rural Sisterhood page throughout the week. Feel free to save the images and use them as the screensavers on your phone. Share them with friends who need a reminder! Share them to your page, to remind yourself! Take an active step to help put worry in it's place in your life!
Love to you and yours,