feeling anxious

Our No.1 is starting at a new school today. It is in our same district and he’ll have a few familiar faces in class, his teacher seems nice and we hear great things about the program, but none of that matters … he’s still anxious.

And to tell you the truth, so am I.  Maybe even more than him.

I’ve cried the first day of school my entire life, so I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that I’m feeling this way.  The tears and worries are not that he won’t love his new school, or new teacher, or the education. It’s just that its all new. Will he know where his classroom is? Will he have anyone to sit with at lunch? Who will play with him at recess? What if he needs me and I’m not there to hold his hand?

I suppose these are fears and questions every mama asks when her baby starts something new.

As I sat alone for a few minutes thinking and praying about the turmoil in my heart, I was reminded of this well-loved scripture:

And so, I pray. And I give thanks. And sure enough, this worrisome mom isn’t so anxious anymore.

Although I do hope he finds someone to eat lunch with.

62 Responses to feeling anxious

  1. Eleanor Jones October 12, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Have you published Phil. 4:6 print yet?

  2. Maggie Keck February 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Totally understand this! Although my little one is only off to mothers day out a couple days a week and it’s still hard. Gaining that peace that transcends all understanding completely satisfies that anxiety though. Thanks for sharing! I wrote a blog post on this verse as well as part of my weekly scripture memorization!

  3. Alice Goncharenko August 16, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Emily~ Did you ever put this Phil. 4:6-7 print in the shop? I can’t seem to find it & I would love to give it as a gift

  4. Bryony March 4, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    I am also interested in the bible verse print :) it’s awesome! Please let me know if it can be purchased?

    Hope the first day went well for them? :)

  5. Shannon Nally September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Emily I LOVE the art of Phil. 4:6-7 and would love it in a printable or to purchase it so that I can add it to our new home. I hope that you will consider publishing (is that the right word?) it.
    Honestly your blog is the only one I follow regularly and I think it is because you are able to conne t to us in a real way…which is uplifting. Thank you..

    • Eleanor Jones February 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      Will you be publishing the quote from Phillipians??? Please

      • emily February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

        Yes! I am finishing up the design to make it the best quality for printing. Stay tuned …

  6. Heidi P. September 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    :) This was sad and heart-warming. Thank you :).

  7. amyks September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I hope it went well for your son and for you, too. My eldest daughter started 7th grade at a new school this week, too. The night before school she was just sobbing about everything and anything…it was heartbreaking. My youngest daughter was also anxious about starting 2nd grade so she was also crying her little heart out, my son, the middle child was taking it all in stride and promptly fell asleep. Unfortunately, I was moving back and forth btw the girls’ bedrooms until 10:30, it was just awful. Lucky both girls had fabulous days and were raring to go this morning. No worries at all. So, hopefully all goes well for you, too! :)

  8. Lindsay Stewart September 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm #


    I have nominated you for a “7 things” Award on my blog. I really don’t want you to have to feel like you need to follow the process of this award, but I just wanted you to know that I nominated you to send people to your blog – you were my first blog I followed and still one of my favorites for so many reasons.

    I plan to do the blog class this fall and I could not be more excited. I look forward to improving my blog and moving it closer to what I really desire it to be.

    Here is the post if you want to check it out.


    Thank you for all you do Emily, and keep the BLOGS coming!!!!

  9. Lucinda September 6, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Would love this in your next monthly package. This is my favorite scripture one I have to recite to myself often.

  10. Lisa September 6, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I just have to put my request in too… please make that beauty available for us! I need it on my wall, too! Thanks!

  11. disa @ thedaily5 September 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    What a great post Emily…and the last line says it ALL. I have those same feelings about one of my little ones! Glad to know we moms all go through the same emotions!

  12. Michelle September 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Thank you for sharing…you express so many of the feelings into words that I can not… Please sell this print in your store, and will you please shar with us the name of the cursive font…absolutely beautiful.

  13. Jen September 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Thank you for this! While I’m not dealing with a child going to school, I am 3 weeks away from an overseas move and job change for my husband, so a serious time of anxiousness and relying on God! This verse will be in the front of my “to do” binder as a constant reminder while we are preparing!!

  14. Kristen September 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I love that verse, too. It would make a great art print!

  15. erin September 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Aww, Emily, I would be a crying mess! I am sure he had a wonderful day, but there is nothing like letting your heart walk around outside your body in an unfamiliar place. Beautiful scripture print, one of my favorite verses!

  16. Lynette September 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm #


    I just visited your store and couldn’t find this print! My oldest just made the transition to college this past weekend and it has been a tough few days….especially as a mom who likes to know that all my “chicks” are safe in the “nest” each night! Thanks for this post-I needed it!

  17. Hassan Bukhari September 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    My Son was also very worried till he step inside the class. After that he forget everything even us :)

  18. Amy R. September 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I know how you are feeling! Luckily you and him will feel so much better when the first day is done. I just love that verse and they way you have it laid out. Is this an art print of yours? I would love to have one!

  19. Megan September 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Thank you for sharing that verse. It always helps to lift my burdens when I read or remember verses of scripture from the Bible or the Book of Mormon. It’s wonderful to know that the Lord loves us and will bless us if we seek his guidance. Thank you for sharing!!

  20. nicole September 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Emily, I hope that beautiful scripture is turning into a print! Such lovely truth! Thank you for sharing…

  21. Heidi September 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    This was just what I needed to hear this afternoon as well. My oldest started Kindergarten a few weeks ago & this verse pushed me through the day. Today I needed to hear it for a different reason. I hope you’ll offer that print in your store as well, love it!

  22. Liz September 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    This is a beautiful piece of scripture. Is this by chance in your store?

  23. Tracey September 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I am so thankful for the peace we find in God.

  24. Jennifer W September 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi E:

    Do you have that scripture available as an art print to purchase?
    Its a wonderful reminder and I’d love to frame it in my house!

  25. Stephanie September 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you for this, Emily! It is exactly what I needed to hear today.

    I have been counseling a teen girl and sometimes the progress that she is making seems to be two steps forward and three steps back. I know that God is sovereign but there are times in life when I pridefully think I can take the reigns and do things my way. I have become anxious about my ability to help her and that God isn’t working fast enough for me. How foolish I am. I have had this verse running through my head and getting another reminder of it was just what I needed. Thank you.

    My kids started school last week and they were nervous and I was anxious for them as well. We prayed and God gave us peace. He will do great and I know he will find someone to eat lunch with!

  26. Christene Houston {Author of A Heart So Broken} September 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    A beautiful scripture – just what I needed this morning when my heart is heavy with sadness over the loss suffered by a beloved friend. Thank you.

  27. vickiemunton September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Emily, I just posted on my blog some of the same emotions–only I’m at the other end of the spectrum. My baby just started college! It has been a lifetime of letting my four children go–giving them up to the Lord and I KNOW that HE holds them in His Hand!

  28. cherish nyboer September 5, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I love this post. I hope this print will be available in your store! It has been a favorite verse of mine over the last few months!

  29. Laura September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    What a great post and a fitting scripture – thanks for reminding me of that scripture!!! I needed that :)

  30. Alaina September 5, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Do you sell this design of Phil 4:6 as a print? I didn’t see it in your “store”… :-) but I would love to have it!

  31. Tonia September 5, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    What a sweet post. Just seeing the picture brought tears to my eyes. And I so needed the reminder not to be anxious – I have a gyn appointment soon for some problems I’ve been having and cannot stop worrying, thinking, etc. Please keep me in your prayers. God bless!

  32. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline September 5, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I hope he has a great day!

  33. Amy September 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Please tell me that print will be in your store! Or better yet, a free printable. :)
    Thanks for the encouragement… Totally needed that right now.

  34. Laura September 5, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Love this post…all mommas can relate! And I would love if you made a printable with that verse! Have you heard the song “Do Not Be Anxious” on the Seeds of Courage cd based on this verse? (From Seeds Family Worship). It’s one of our family favorites :). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd35-M-xLX4

  35. Christie September 5, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Thank you for this and for allowing the Lord to speak through you. Your words ministered to me this morning. And, so I have to ask….is this one in your shop?

  36. Natalie September 5, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I have 5 children and every school year I feel this way. My oldest is a senior in high school and I still cry every year.

    I will never forget the day he decided he was to big for me to hold his hand to class. Thankfully my little ones still let me. :)

  37. shawna September 5, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Oh! Do I ever need to hear this, this morning! Thanks for sharing, I too was teary for the past two days…my littlest is at school for one whole hour and I’m sitting here not knowing what to do! Gonna say a little prayer for all of us mamas ;)

  38. Kate September 5, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    ok, I need your scripture as a printable to put on my wall! are you selling it? I SO needed this as I’ve been embarrassingly emotional the past 2 weeks. Call it being a parent, call it 1st trimester pregnancy emotions…but I’m right there with you in all this!

  39. Michelle September 5, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Wow, your post has great timing for me. We just moved to another state and my 2 sons (9th and 11th) are not doing well at all at their new school…so I understand your anxiety. We need to breathe and pray so we can think clearly! He is going to be great…lots of luck.

  40. Jessica September 5, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I totally understand.. felt that too with my 2 older ones starting Junior High this year. It’s such a difficult age, lots to worry about. Thanks for posting! :)

  41. Megan B September 5, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    This was a prayer from our youth ministry leader, Miss Steph. It helped me feel less anxious…hope it does the same for you. Hugs.

    Here we are again, Lord. Their backpacks are loaded and their faces are scrubbed and their lunch accounts are full.

    And I know you’ll walk with them, Lord. You always do. But a parent still has to ask.

    Will You walk with them? Will You whisper to them what they need to hear, when I’m not there to whisper it?

    Will You please, oh please, cover their school with the protection only You can give, and will You keep harm far away?

    Will You make their minds strong and ready to learn? Will You help them understand that hard work honors the One who created them?

    Will You guide their teachers, giving them patience and wisdom and creativity and more patience? Will You bless them for their efforts?

    Will You love all those children there, the ones whose lunch accounts aren’t full, the ones who feel alone? Will You teach my children to be kind and unselfish and to love those who are different from them?

    Will You point them back toward home just as soon as you can?

    Lord, I give them to You today and everyday, trusting them to Your care.


  42. Angie W September 5, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    that was me yesterday. I’m so thankful for this verse. I cling to it often. My 5th grade daughter started a new school and I have a son who started middle school. Needless to say it has been a stressful couple of days getting everyone out the door. Then i worry if Sam remembers his locker combo, if Katie has someone to talk to at recess. yada yada yada… Then I remember this verse… its a good one.

  43. Julie H. September 5, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    My 11 year old entered middle school this year and it was intense for me. The will he be able to find all of his classes, will his locker combination work, etc. I have cried every first day of school since he started Kindergarten (and with my other son who is now in second grand). I am sure I will cry every first day of school until all of my kids graduate High School, and then the tears will be, first day of college, getting married, having babies. I hope my little heart can take it.

    Hope your son has a wonderful first day. I am sure he will be just fine. It’s our jobs as mom to worry, and sometimes I think our worrying makes the situation harder than it is…but that’s just being a mom. :)

  44. Hillary September 5, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you for your thoughts! I have had those exact feelings, as I have been sending my kids to school this week! It’s nice to know I’m not alone in feeling the way I do! I love that scripture! Thanks you!

  45. Jill September 5, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    THANK YOU for this! I have spent the last few days being anxious that my little one can go to Sunday school this year without a parent! I pondered the question – what will I do when he’s in his Sunday school class? I asked my husband – do we actually LEAVE the builidng? What if he needs me? What if he cries for me half way through and I’m not there. He just turned 3 a few weeks ago. I’m not ready for any more changes!!

  46. annapolis September 5, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    My 4-yr-old started pre-K 2 weeks ago and it has made me so anxious. Thank you for reminding me of that precious scripture passage!

  47. Ashley Woods September 5, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Hey Em! So sweet, WIll this be an order able print? I think it needs to be up all year!

  48. Roberta September 5, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    My oldest son is starting his senior year of high school today and I can tell you that those anxious feelings don’t ever go away. It’s all part and parcel of the whole mommy package! And when my youngest starts preschool next week, I’ll be jumping for joy!

  49. Kristen September 5, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Your timing is perfect! My oldest missed the first day yesterday with a cough and cold and I’ve been anxious today that she will have missed out on everything yesterday–the new routine in class, picking who she sits with, getting to know the teacher… all silly stuff, and I know she’ll pick it up easily today, but still… anxious for her. But reading the verse, and taking deep breaths, is working wonders to calm this momma’s fears. Thank you! :)

  50. Donna September 5, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    You know…you have a gift when your words touch peoples hearts. And you have touched mine this morning. Brought tears to my eyes. These are the important issues….not the gross profit margin and numbers that are projected by corporate. Have a good day as you wait for your little ones to come home to a sweet mommy. :-)

  51. Elizabeth September 5, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Thank you, I really needed this. We are considering a big move and I have been stressing big time.

  52. Jenny@EvolutionofStyle September 5, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I’m with you – my oldest boys changed schools two years ago, and I about had an anxiety attack in the process. I think it brought back some of my own memories of starting a new school at that age, and *knowing* how it feels to go through that situation firsthand. Change is a part of life, and you need to learn how to deal with it, but it’s so much harder to watch our kids go through and deal with change, isn’t it?

  53. Toni September 5, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    I love this! What a wonderful reminder. Will this be available as a printable? I would love to be able to look at it everyday.
    Good luck for your little one!

  54. Jennifer September 5, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Our oldest started kindergarten yesterday…it was a tough day for mommy. I waited anxiously for him to return home. He wanted to ride the bus…I let him and he was holding up the driver as he said goodbye to new friends as he got off at home….my heart was happy.

  55. Leigh Ann September 5, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Oh, please, please sell that in the shop just like it is!

  56. Deb September 5, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    I’m feeling anxious over my youngest..he was almost in tears this morning before he got on the bus because he doesn’t like recess because he can’t find anyone to play with..he is my tough child who doesn’t cry so it breaks my heart to see him so sad. Thanks for the perfect reminder for today!

  57. Nicole September 5, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    This was a wonderful thing to read as I started my day today. Piles of paperwork on my desk that just keeps reappearing whenever I get near the end. Budgets getting slashed again. Schedules unreliable. But God is faithful, and gives me peace.

    Thank you.

  58. Dianne September 5, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Oh I needed this today too! Not for school starting…that was last week for us…but I’m having a biopsy today, and I’ve been so scared! Trusting today that the peace of God will guard my heart and keep me sane today! Hugs to you and your precious kiddos :)

  59. Ktez September 5, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    He’ll be fine! You’re probably feeling more anxious than he is. The trick is to throw yourself into a project or housework and take your mind off it and before you know it, he’s home, telling you what a fab day he had and how many new friends he’s made. I sent the baby of the family to his1st day of school last week and I was almost the only mum not crying at the gate, which made me feel a little guilty but it’s because I know he will be fine and my tears would only be wasted….it took me four kids to realise that though x

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