Never worry; Back-to-School bash a success

Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and
Christie Trout Stephens

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

- 1 Peter 5:7.

This is probably the BIGGEST understatement of the year, but I am a worrier. I worry about everything. I usually can hide it pretty well, but those that know me can tell. I worry about my alarm going off in the morning. Will I hear it? I worry about doing chores around the house. Is someone coming over? Will I have enough time to hide all the messiness? I worry about my kids, my dogs, and even my husband. Are they safe; are they healthy, are they getting on my nerves today?  I worry about work, my students, and if I have completed everything I need to do. Did I turn everything in I needed to? Did I enter all the grades accurately? Did the note I sent home sound okay? I also worry about my appearance. Do I look too fat? Am I getting old? Can you tell I am getting gray hair? Yes, I guess my hobby is worrying.
This past week was the Back to School Bash. While helping plan this event, I was worried. I wanted to make sure there were enough supplies for the kids – so I worried. I wanted to make sure everything was prepared – so I worried. I wanted to make sure we had enough help for the event – so I worried. Finally, I was talking to my sister, Tina. She told me to just give it up to God. He would make sure everything was fine. He would make sure there was enough for everyone. He would make sure there would be enough help, and he would make sure people would come to the event. Well, I said “okay” and shut up, but I still worried.
I went home that night and walked around the neighborhood with my friend Renee. She told me the exact same thing Tina said. She then asked me, “What are you going to worry about next when the Back to School Bash is over?” She and I shared a laugh, but I knew there would automatically be something else in my mind. She did too. Why can’t I stop worrying?
This is something I struggle with. I try to rely on God to take care of it all, but I hang on – just a little. I want to give it to Him, but I continue to keep the burden of worry in my heart about things. That night I prayed so hard. “God please take care of it all. You know what is in our heart with this event. Please help it be successful and be an example of Christ’s love for our community. Take over, Lord. I know you’ve got my back.” I went to sleep and slept soundly.
The days and weeks passed by, and what do you know, we raised the most money we have ever had! We raised approximately $2500.00 give or take and served about 250 school aged children – not to mention their families that joined in the fun. God took care of the Back to School Bash again. He is the reason it is successful and continues to be a demonstration of the agape love of Jesus Christ. I am going to try my best to continue to give God all my burdens, all my worries, and all my fears. He can handle them. He has my back, and he can handle yours too. God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.
Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored our event. I am scared to list them, because I will end up forgetting someone. Please know you are appreciated and we, along with the students of Diboll, appreciate each of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Sunday Aug. 18 – “Birthday Party.” Come celebrate the birthdays of our church family with a potluck luncheon and enjoy 12 different desserts  – one for each month of the year!
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Have you met our new pastor? Dr. Keith Broyles and his wife, Cindy, are getting settled into their new home and our church. We welcomed them with open arms, and we have enjoyed getting to know them both. Please come by and say hello. Join us for a faith filled service Sunday mornings!
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First Untied Methodist Church has much to offer. Youth, 6th grade – 12th grades, meet on Wednesdays and Sundays. YUMYS, (PK4-5th grades) meet Sunday afternoons. Sunday school for all ages and groups begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
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Come out and meet us; come and let us know what we can do to serve you. We want to welcome you into the family of God. Come join us as we worship our Lord. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!