From Stewing to Doing

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If you know how to worry, then you know how to meditate.

Apostle Gabriel Cross, from Pure Glory

Brother Gabriel makes a valid point. Both worry and prayer involve fixating our thoughts. So why not focus on something productive?

Worry often involves more stewing than doing. Yet prayer is doing at the highest level—even if it’s from our knees. I love how Young’s Literal Translation describes this:

Cast on Jehovah that which He hath given thee, and He doth sustain thee. He doth not suffer forever the moving of the righteous.

Psalm 55:22 (YLT)

If we truly believe God causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), then our issues are His issues. So give them back to Him, silly! (That was me talking to myself 😇).

This past January marked my forty-fifth year being friends with God. And I can confidently say, along with King David, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.” — Psalm 37:25 (NIV)

Kind reader, thank you for stopping by today. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.






49 responses to “From Stewing to Doing”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    True. It’s hard sometimes, though—not to worry. I admit, I’m a bit of “worry wart” myself. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  2. SimplyB Avatar

    Another great post! As one who struggles with fixating on the worries often, it’s great to know that fixation isn’t the problem, it’s the subject of my fixation!

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Dawn. Yes He does!

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  4. Dawn Avatar

    Congratulations on 45 years with the Lord 🎉🎉 Romans 8:28 has become one of my favorite verses. Good or bad, He works all things together for good. 🙌🏿

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes He did, Manette. I am thankful to Him!

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  6. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    I’m glad you asked the Holy Spirit who is our helper. God is good and answered you, David.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother. God Bless!


  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Worry is giving the advantage to the devil. How true. Yet fretting is so easy to do. Recently, after posting this, I literally have felt too worried to pray. So I asked the Holy Spirit to pray with me. I believe He did, because the burden was lifted.
    I’m sorry it took me so long to approve your comment, Manette. I missed the notification somehow. God’s best to you.

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  9. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    I was told once, “Worry is like praying to our enemy–Satan. Therefore, don’t become his ally on the battlefield.” Remembering that, instantly sobers me up to repent of my worry and cast all my cares on God. As I trust Him, He works all things out in His perfect time, training, and shaping me along the way. I’ve seen things I don’t understand but as you said, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.” Great thoughts, David.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Jo. God Bless!


  11. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    “Worry involves more stewing than doing”….that is great! I like catchy phrases, so hoping this one sticks! Blessings to you David.

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  12. Tina Avatar

    Thanks David. He does know.

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  13. Crystal Byers Avatar

    LOL. 45/42…54/52. That’s why I teach English.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Oops, I responded too quickly. You meant you’ve been a Christian for 42 years. I thought you were trying to say you are only 42 years old. 😊


  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    🤣😂🤣 I love your math, Crystal.


  16. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Whew! I’m early! Okay, I see. I was baptized with my 4th grade bestie, age ten, in the First Christian Church. I don’t remember exactly when, but it was the spring. So I’m right behind you at 42 years.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Crystal. My birthday is not until spring. I will be 54.

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  18. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I think I missed your birthday. Happiness always and the rest with God!

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, brother Alan. God Bless you too, brother. I read on your sight that Susan has tested negative for COVID. I pray tomorrow she will get that second negative test and be able to leave isolation. God Bless!

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  20. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Good advice on worry David, thank you! God bless you brother.

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  21. BG Avatar

    It shows you following me now! Thanks sir!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Success! It worked this time.

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  23. BG Avatar

    So sorry but that happens sometimes.

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’ve read your new blog and tried to follow it, BG. So far, I have not been able to get the follow button to work. I’ll try again. Blessings!

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  25. BG Avatar

    Come follow me on my new site: I do most of my latest blogging there! A little different format! You might enjoy!

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed, Beth. “Old Slew Foot,” the devil slips up on us so easily. When I first read Gabriel’s quote, it hit me just how much worrying I’d been doing. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I love the quote too. Gabriel, from Pure Glory, is spot on! Thanks, Barb. God Bless.


  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. God Bless!

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  29. BG Avatar

    Wonderful stuff!

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I identify with your sentiments, Tina. Sometimes, when we need to pray the most there just isn’t the strength to do so. My hope is that the Holy Spirit prays for us during these difficult times. It’s ok to put the prayer “training wheels” back on. God knows!

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, Gary. That scripture verse that says, O magnify the Lord with me…” comes to mind. Honing inon what’s really REAL and leaving all else outside the frame is key. I appreciate your stopping by and thank you for your input. Blessings!


  32. Avatar

    They certainly do. And this is one of them 😊

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  33. Beth Alisan Avatar

    What a powerful opening quote! I like your follow up- “Worry often involves more stewing than doing.” I found myself being pulled into doing that type of stewing this morning as I was walking the dogs which is also the time I pray. Funny how the enemy strikes strongest at the time that should be prayerfully productive and tries to make it muddled mess of worry stew.

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, there is always hope! The title of your site says it all, “Don’t lose hope.” Obviously, there are certain situations where all hope is lost. But even in these times it is best to keep our spirits up. What is it Hemingway said, “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s a great Lincoln quote, Betty. And I love Lincoln quotes 🎩. It’s comforting to know that we always have some place to go—even if it’s going down to our knees in prayer.

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  36. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Love this…”If you know how to worry, then you know how to meditate.” I will be using it with my worrying friends.

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  37. Tina Avatar

    Sometimes I feel too worn, weary, irritable, tired… ect to even speak. I don’t know what to pray when I feel that way. Mostly I end up wanting a fast forward button because this seems to go on forever…. Somedays reading and Scripture helps. Some days music helps. Some days prayer helps. But prayer is the thing I struggle with most when I’m worn….

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  38. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I have learned a lot about fixating my thoughts from my camera David. It really helps to see things through God’s viewfinder and then frame and focus on how he sees things.

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  39. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    I love that verse too … “I have never seen the righteous forsaken”. In our blackest times God is there. We may feel despairing but we are never alone. God is always there to share the load, and there is always hope.

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  40. Betty Avatar

    Good morning, David. Your post makes me think of perhaps my favorite quote of Abraham Lincoln. “When I had nowhere else to do, I went down on my knees.”

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  41. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’ve kept that tucked away in your mind for 25 years. I understand. Some things just stick with us.


  42. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! God is always faithfully there—even when we are not. I am grateful for his patient guidance. Thank you, Bridget. God Bless!

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  43. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    45 years! That is wonderful! Thank you for this beautiful reminder to seek God in prayer and hand Him our worries. How comforting it is to know that He cares and He is always there. Blessings! 🙏🙌

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  44. Avatar

    I can’t remember where I heard it. I think it was in a sermon, some 25 plus years ago!

    It stuck with me – the idea of worry being like a rocking chair, hence the the turning worry into action quote, since all the movement in a rocking chair can’t be turned into making progress…just tires you out going back and forth without actually going anywhere

    Andy B

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  45. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manu. It was Gabriel, from Pure Glory, who really got me thinking about the reality of that statement.

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  46. Manu Avatar

    If you know how to worry then you know how to mediate- ooh that hits deep.
    45 yrs of walking with the Lord- awesome David. May you have many more glorious years serving Him.

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  47. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like your quote too, Andy. It’s a great summary of my main point in this post.

    Yes, I came to faith at age nine, but really began to grow in my relationship with God at age fifteen.

    Thank you for reading and sharing today. I’m tapping over to your site right now. Hopefully, it will let me follow again. Blessings!


  48. Avatar

    45 years walking with Jesus? Awesome!

    I’m with you, and that fabulous quote.

    Praying is turning worry into action – I once heard. I like that take on it too.

    Andy B

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