#BigRead13: Day 39: Worry

Today on #lentphotos we’re looking for #strength … this one appealed as though it may be rusty (as our faith can be // am I trying too hard for analogies?) it’s still strong & supportive – whatever we worry about!

#BigRead13 Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading The Screwtape Letters – with the perspective of the devil talking – how does he try and wheedle his way in and mess our lives up – including taking up our energies in worrying… I love looking up a good quote online – so I thought I’d check out what was there about ‘Worry’:

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.  ~Don Herold

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.  ~Leo Buscaglia

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.  ~Dale Carnegie

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.  ~E. Joseph Cossman

People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.  ~Author Unknown

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.  ~William Ralph Inge

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.  ~Glenn Turner

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  ~Swedish Proverb

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. ~John Newton

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. ~Michel de Montaigne

There’s an interesting range of worldviews and spiritual beliefs presented, but although no Bible verses, there’s some encouraging ones from the Christian perspective…

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there.  ~Author Unknown

[A]ny concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.  ~Corrie Ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook

Every evening I turn my worries over to God.  He’s going to be up all night anyway.  ~Mary C. Crowley

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.  ~Philip Gullet

Matthew 6:34: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … has always been one of my favourite verses on this, whilst my t-shirt quotes Phil 4:6 “Keep Calm and Pray On”!


So I was a bit worried that I would be asked to plant a tree – but that is really just given as an example of community engagement, especially with regard to taking care for the natural environment around us. If your school is interested I can highly recommend Mary Jackson for making the most of your outdoor space.

Brian Draper: Lent 40

So often we are burdened down with worry and we just don’t see – open our ears and our eyes..

(now the ears of my ears awake
and now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

ee cummings
Though I’d quite like to not be awake … was struggling to breathe til about 4.30am, then had to check out of hotel. “Chilling” out in East Coast First Class lounge whilst wait for train..

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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

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