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An excerpt from Worry Less So You Can Live More: Surprising, Simple Ways to Feel More Peace, Joy, and Energy by Jane Rubietta, published by Bethany House Publishers.Exchange Your Worries for Delight in God . . . and God's Delight in YouWeary of worry and its tagalongs: anxiety, discouragement, and exhaustion? Jane Rubietta invites you to leave behind your heavy heart and learn to truly live again. To experience joy and rest in the moment-by-moment pleasure of a God who delights in you--and has all your tomorrows under his control. Jane's picturesque prose offers enduring encouragement and practical tools for change. Discussion questions and journaling prompts make this the perfect book to read on your own or share with your small group and discover how to worry less and live more.

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  • Worry Less So You Can

    Live MoreSUR PR ISING, SIMPLE WAYS

    TO FEEL MOR E PEACE ,

    JOY, A ND ENERGY

    Jane Rubietta

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  • 2015 by Jane Rubietta

    Published by Bethany House Publishers11400 Hampshire Avenue SouthBloomington, Minnesota 55438www.bethanyhouse.com

    Bethany House Publishers is a division ofBaker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Printed in the United States of America

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any meansfor example, electronic, photocopy, recordingwithout the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataRubietta, Jane.

    Worry less so you can live more : surprising, simple ways to feel more peace, joy, and energy / Jane Rubietta.

    pages cmIncludes bibliographical references.Summary: Invites women to leave behind anxiety and worry to experience

    life, delight, and rest in God, who cares for them moment by moment. Includes discussion questions and journaling prompts Provided by publisher.

    ISBN 978-0-7642-1265-9 (pbk. : alk. paper)1. Christian womenReligious life. 2. WorryReligious aspects

    Christianity. 3. AnxietyReligious aspectsChristianity. I. Title.BV4527.R826 2015248.8 43dc23 2014041494

    Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quota-tions are from the Holy Bible, New Interna-tional Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com

    Scripture quotations marked the message are from The Message by Eugene H. Peter-son, copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

    Scripture quotations marked cev are from the Contemporary English Version 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society. Used by permission.

    Scripture quotations marked niv1984 are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW IN-TERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by per-mission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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    copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

    Scripture quotations marked esv are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (esv), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publish-ers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. esv Text Edition: 2007

    Scripture quotations marked kjv are from the King James Version of the Bible.

    Scripture quotations marked nkjv are from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Cover design by Greg Jackson, Thinkpen Design, Inc.

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  • For Bonnie,

    Who shared her owers

    And listened

    Always directing my heart

    To God

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  • I want to thank all the people over the years

    who have shared my life

    and shared their stories with me:

    your fears, your laughter, your hope, and your faith.

    Thank you for being those

    who continue to trust your lives

    to the God who is unseen.

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    Contents

    Reader Beware 13

    Introduction 15

    1. Wearing Wildowers 23

    The Tool of Play

    2. Wearing Red Shoes: Trading Worry

    for Whimsy 36

    The Tool of Nurture

    3. The Forget-Me-Not God 50

    The Tool of Memory

    4. Boxed In . . . But Climbing Out 64

    The Tool of Breaking Free

    5. Bread of the Presence 77

    The Tool of Constancy

    6. Wildower Salsa 90

    The Tool of Movement

    7. Watered by Tears 103

    The Tool of Tears

    8. The Silent Walk 115

    The Tool of Empathy

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    Contents

    9. Dance of the Fireies 128

    The Tool of Spontaneity

    10. School Pictures 141

    The Tool of Identity

    11. Fly Crew 155

    The Tool of Trust

    12. Can I Really? 169

    The Tool of Progress

    13. Life at the D-I-Y House 184

    The Tool of Anticipation

    Notes 201

    About the Author 205

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    Reader Beware

    These are at times whimsical but thoughtful musings of a journey

    toward wholeness, toward worrying less and living more. They are

    not a doctrinal dissertation, nor a theological tome. If you feel you

    have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, suXer from panic attacks, or

    deal with other serious problems, then please seek professional

    help, and take this book with you.

    Worry Less So You Can Live More is not intended to solve the

    problems of the world or represent an argument for any particular

    camp; it is not an exegesis of a particular book in the Bible. I dont

    think we need more knowledge, necessarily, although that is not

    a bad thing. But knowledge cannot substitute for the brilliance of

    being loved by God.

    This journey has dragged me through thistle and briar patch,

    and along the way I have found that women everywhere struggle

    with similar issues: of trust, of exhaustion, of longing, always

    with both the overarching minor descant and bass line of worry.

    We mostly feel a little bit lost in the heaviness of the struggle. It

    is a pleasure to know that en route, our wildower-throwing God

    waits with delight to surprise us and love us.

    So please dont send me angry letters arguing about my priori-

    ties in a world that is dying. Im afraid that we are dying, as well.

    If we are dead, we are useless to this world. And God calls us to do

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    Reader Beware

    more than just stay alive until Jesus returns for us. God wants us to

    live more, and worry less, and along the way, to live in his delight.

    Worry Less So You Can Live More is my attempt to relinquish

    my worry-wrinkled soul, to encounter the delight of God and the

    God of delight, and to share my ndings with others.

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    Introduction

    The lightning bugs called our names in the dusk, their mysterious

    invitational glow rising up from the dewy grass of early summer.

    Fun jammed most every day. We made mud pies, laughed until our

    sides hurt, lay down in the eld behind my house, and created cata-

    pults from the tall weeds with their little bullet-shaped seed heads.

    Long before the classic Indiana-based cycling movie Breaking

    Away hit our VCRs (actually before VCRs were perhaps even in-

    vented), we pedaled our bikes with a ferocity that could overtake

    the greatest Olympian, up and down the rolling hills of southern

    Indiana. On boiling hot days, we ran down the rocky driveway

    barefoot, squatted over the hot pavement, and popped tar bubbles

    with sticks and pointy stones. We swallowed peanut butter sand-

    wiches or grilled cheeses and the requisite carrot sticks with our

    legs jiggling and feet tapping to get back outside. Hours later we

    rushed back inside for dinner, skidding into our seats at the table

    after a fast hands-and-face washing and pulling a comb through

    play-tangled mops of hair. Afterward, we each raced back outside

    and reassembled as though called by an inaudible whistle. When

    dusk approached, we stacked cans to kick, and chased each other