Weekend Worry Warts.

I resolved my question about extended EDD benefits with a quick phone call to their 800 number today. I was greeted with a recording which informed me that they were receiving higher call volume than normal and that if my regular benefits are running out, they will automatically include an extension form request with my last check.

Yay! That was the easiest piece of work I had to do all week!

Next on my List of Worries is my mortgage. In July it converts to an ARM, which I was planning to refinance before then. But to refinance, you kind of need to have a job… and a house that is valued about the same as it was when you bought it. Strike one and strike two. Too bad my mortgage isn’t with Chase, because if it were, I would have had ample opportunity to discuss it with them in February when they were calling me 6 times a day hoping that the Trudeau’s would magically answer my phone. All that phone calling has tapered off, by the way. Thank goodness.

We won’t even talk about filing TAXES or the next property TAX assessment, both of which are rapidly coming due next month.

Instead, I’ll tell you I had my nose buried for a few hours yesterday in a book written by Kimberley Woodhouse, entitled Woodhouse Family Welcome Home! It was a much needed reminder to me that no matter what challenges, obstacles or fears I’m facing, to keep searching for my joy in the midst of it. That He has bigger shoulders than I’ll ever have, and that’s where my worries and fears (and praise and worship) really belong.

I reminded myself of that while I battled with my Sunday Night Insomnia last night.

If you’ve never heard about the Woodhouse Family, I encourage you to read their story. The book was an easy and quick read, and I really enjoyed it. If you want my book, I’m happy to pass it along. I won it in an online comment contest, so I’d be glad to continue its journey. We can do a drawing or something if more than one of you wants it.



Filed under I own a Home, Money Hump Building, Sometimes Thinking Exhausts Me, Spirituality

18 responses to “Weekend Worry Warts.

  1. tony

    That is great sweetie that they will continue the EDD for you. nanananana

  2. grrrace

    Hope that things look up, honeybunny. Worrying sucks…


  3. i’ve never heard of the Woodhouses, but will look for the book now … πŸ™‚ …

    i had already posted, when i came here to read your posts, … it’s sort of the same thoughts i was having and so i prayed for thoughts from the Lord and He reminded me of an old hymn, so i posted that to encourage myself along … did i tell you that leo will be seeing yet another new doctor in april? that will be 5 in 4 years … sigh …

    keeping you in my prayers … knowing that God loves us so very much and desires us to be joyful and close to Him … sounds like you are doing that despite deaing with earthly cares …

    (hugs) to you both!
    p.s. love the pics of you posted previously … when cats aren’t totally stressing us out – they are totalling relieving stress!!!! ha!

    • When I get to it in the next few days, I’ll mail you the book. πŸ™‚

      Cats are crazy. πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the encouragement and prayers.

  4. Worry is often a fear of the unknown. Example, after you got an answer to your EDD benefits question, you felt a little better. Find answers to your other worries, even if they’re not solutions to your problems, you’ll feel better.

    Your mortgage rate may be based on a published index such as the 12 mo LIBOR (like mine). Since rates have been at historic lows and are expected to be for a bit longer, your mortgage may not adjust much, if at all. When mine adjusted last year, it went up one cent. You can probably find the information you need in your loan documents and WSJ.com.

    • You are quite right — worry is often fear of the unknown. I shall do as you suggested, for you can be often times be very wise. πŸ™‚

  5. What a precious post. Keep your chin up – You are so right. HIS shoulders are big enough.

    If you end up giving your book away (which is wonderful!) I will send you another one for free.

    Just contact me through the website.
    In His Abundant and Overflowing JOY,

    • Hi Kim — wow, I’m surprised to see you here! πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your encouragement in the book, and your encouragement here on my blog. You are a very sweet lady.

  6. stacey

    when ours went to an ARM this past year, we actually had a significant cut in our mortgage payment. so maybe it will be a good thing. just find out what it is connected to. plus you should be able to get your property taxes lowered if your house has gone down in value. ours were lowered as well.

    • This gives me hope, I shall investigate further. The county did cut my property taxes, but not a whole heck of a lot. It’s still quite a hit.

  7. Isn’t it nice that the Lord will carry the heavy stuff for you? You just need to let Him.

    Good news on the EDD. Now we just need to convince an employer how much better their organization would be with you in it.

    • Yes, I need to let Him. I heard a story once of a lady who laid her fears and worries at the altar for the Lord to carry, and then as she turned to head back up the aisle, she picked them back up with her other hand. I often feel like I’m doing that and I get dizzy for all the turning around I keep doing.

      A resounding “Amen” to convincing an organization how much of an asset I am. πŸ™‚

  8. daydreambetty

    Good, let’s not talk about taxes. πŸ™‚

    Not to start a religious debate, but I never thought of Him as having big shoulders. I always thought that my worries are mine alone but that He’s always there to listen, much like a good friend does. I don’t expect my friends to take my worries away, but it does me good to have them listen to me talk about them.

    • πŸ˜† Yes, let’s not. Which reminds me, I need to get back to those taxes.

      Well, what I know is what the Bible tells me in 1 Peter 5:7, to “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.” Have you ever read Pilgrim’s Progress?

  9. daydreambetty

    OMG! I’m reading “Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.” Bronson Alcott (the father), read Pilgrim’s Progress and used it as a guide in life. I’m thinking that should be my next read, yes?

    • I highly recommend Pilgrim’s Progress. In fact, I think it’s time for me to re-read it. It’s been at least 25 years since I read it last.