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Worrying can rob us of joy, accomplishment, and sleep! Find out why you don't need to worry.

Confession Time!

Before I had a baby I just knew that we weren’t going to give him a pacifier. I had read that babies could get confused using one and may have trouble nursing.

I knew that he shouldn’t have one…..

Fast forward about 2 days after he was born.

We gave him a pacifier!

It made all the difference in the world.

At nine months he still uses it to go to sleep, and when he is fussy, we give it to him.

A few weeks ago we were out and about, and Caleb started getting fussy. We gave him his “paci” and all was well. Expect my crazy mind!

I started worrying:

  • What if he never wants to give up his paci?
  • How am I going to wean him off of it?
  • When should I wean him off of it?
  • Is he going to be 5 years old and still using a paci?
  • Am I going to be the mom that all the other moms judge because I couldn’t even take my son’s pacifier away?

I have always been a bit of a worry wart, and being a mother has seemed to multiply my worries!

Finally, I told myself, “Emily, stop worrying. He needs it now. Focus on NOW!”

(Do you ever have conversations with yourself in your head too? Ha!)

I took a deep breathe and remembered one of the best words of advise I received at one of my baby showers: Enjoy each season you are in with your child. Don’t always be looking ahead to what is next. 

Be Present.

Tomorrow will worry about itself.

Worrying about tomorrow is a waste of time, energy, happiness, and sleep. I wish I could take back all the hours that I should have been fast asleep, but instead I wasted tossing and turning because my mind was running crazy with worry about a situation that was out of my control.

Matthew 6:34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day enough trouble of its own.

Last week The Nester shared, “Today, let’s enjoy where we are.” She was referring to building our homes, but it can relate to all areas of life, especially motherhood.

Instead of worrying about what the future may or may not bring, let’s find the good in the present moment, and let tomorrow take care of itself!

How about you. Do you tend to worry about the future too? Do you have to be purposeful about focusing on the present?

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  1. This is SO true! Learning to live in the now and be present is so difficult but the future really will take care of itself until it arrives on your doorstep bearing gifts you never expected. Thank you so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy this week! x

    1. Yes, living in the present is something I am continuing to work on. Often the future gifts are better than I can imagine and not worth all the worry! I enjoyed linking up. 🙂

  2. Once again, Emily, I so relate to this! Just over the past week, I've been trying to "wean" Nathan of his pacifier during the day. He still uses it to go to sleep or when we're on a road trip, but I'm trying not to make it a quick fix during the day. All things said, he doesn't use it much so why am I worrying? These boys are still little. I'm with you on cherishing the now!

    1. It is so easy to worry as a mom. Isn't it?! Even over things like pacifiers. 🙂 I think it means we love our kiddos so much and want the best for them!

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