Everyone Has a Story
Breaking Old Habits
By Emily Forshee
Five months before the wedding my fiancé and I went for a walk. As we strolled hand-in-hand, I told Tye my concerns that we didn’t have the time or money to get a professional engagement picture to send with the invitations. I started freaking out by trying to come up with every possible solution I could think of. Tye tried to calm me down. As tears rolled down my face he squeezed my hand and told me that everything would be okay and that I didn’t need to stress. He didn’t seem bothered at all and that made me angry. I felt like he didn’t care, which made me madder. Tye confidently told me to trust that God would take care of things.
A week later I was still distressed about the pictures, but Tye wasn’t. Tye had a calm attitude while I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I woke up exhausted days in a row because my sleep had been disturbed by my anxiety as I tossed and turned and stared at the ceiling. I briefly prayed about my problem, but I secretly doubted that God cared about something as silly as an engagement picture. I figured God has much more important problems to deal with other than my trivial engagement picture.
I continued to fret for the next two weeks and then one day I got a phone call from a graduating senior who recently started his own professional photography business. He explained that he wanted me to enter a contest on his photography business Facebook page for all of the engaged couples on campus. The contest winner would get a free engagement photo shoot, pictures included for free.
I was so excited! I immediately entered the contest the next day. When I told Tye about the contest he said, “That’s great! I bet we have a good chance to win.” We ended up winning the contest! The pictures turned out beautifully. It was an answer to my prayers! I was so relieved.
Worrying has always been a bad habit of mine. After winning the engagement pictures, I realized I don’t have to worry. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” I am still learning to let go of worry. But now I understand that my burdens weigh me down. Instead I need to let go and put my trust in God because I know He will take care of everything.
Emily Forshee writes from eastern Washington. All rights reserved © 2012 StoryHarvest.org. Click here for content usage information.