DO NOT WORRY
Trust in God And Do Not Worry!
Do not worry; worrying doesn’t help! God says do not worry and that we ought not to be anxious about anything, but then why do we still worry? Have you ever thought that God tells us things we ought to do and did you realize that this stuff He tells us are for our own good!
Worry is like rocking back in forth in a rocking chair, you may get the feeling you are getting somewhere, but in reality, you are wasting your time! When rocking in a rocking chair, you may seem to be doing a lot, but in reality, you are getting nowhere at all. Which is just like worrying, you get nowhere at all, but then why do we still do it? Do not worry! ~ Bill Greguska
Do Not Worry About Your Life!
Doing everything with one arm, being well-known, and having a book and a movie, it’s fairly abnormal. As far as just not having to worry about past experiences, I’ve healed very well. ~ Bethany Hamilton
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
What Is The Cause Of Your Worry
Before we can overcome a problem, we must understand its underlying cause. Worry is like a weed. If you don’t rip it out by its root, it will continue to return and grow. If not dealt with, it can choke out the beneficial things God intends to grow and flourish in your life.
The weed of worry grows in the soil of insecurity. If you want peace, you must plant yourself in solid ground. The apostle Paul said his letter to the church at Philippi.
Paul reminded these believers their real security was derived from their citizenship in heaven, not Rome, and from their Savior’s power to bring everything under his control (Philippians 3:20–21).
It is easy to focus on earthly things and depend on them to keep us safe or happy. However, if we place our confidence in anything other than Jesus, we will end up in the shifting soil where worries thrive.
Instead, root your hope in the surety of Christ. In this ground, peace flourishes no matter the circumstances because our Lord is always near and in control. The right source of assurance prevents disturbing thoughts from taking root in the first place. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
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Scriptures To Help You Stop Worrying!
- Luke 21:14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.
- Psalm16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
- Psalm 62:6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
- Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
- Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
- Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Do Not Worry, Be Happy!
Here Are Some Suggestions to Encourage You!
- Try to keep yourself busy.
- Why worry about little things?
- Use common sense and faith to keep things in perspective, why bother worrying?
- Accept the things you have no control over because God is in control.
- God knows what you are dealing with.
- Limit the amount of stress you will allow your situation to put on you.
- Forget the past but be sure to learn from it.
- Work on having a positive outlook on all situations that you are in
- Guard your mind by being aware of the things you both hear and see.
- Be at peace with all people as far as it depends on you.
- Expect from time to time that others you come in contact with will sometimes have a bad attitude.
- Don’t let people or things get on your nerves.
- Think of as many things that you can be thankful for.
- Remember that God loves you.
- If everyone else is going to do something, take the time to think before you decide to do it.
- Learn from your all of your mistakes.
1. Acknowledge What You Fear
- Get clear about what distresses you. Is this a real situation or a “what if” situation? Is the problem solvable or unsolvable? What about this situation do you have control over and what don’t you control? Get all of this out on the table with God through prayer.
- Use a prayer journal. As we write our fears on paper, we gain perspective. Record insights God reveals and actions you can take. Patterns will emerge, and solutions will appear. Your journal will prove a useful tool as you constructively work through your stressful situations.
- Put aside a limited amount of time to bring your anxious thoughts to God. If you worry a lot. Plan one or two times a day time for you and God to reflect your problems together. When the thought comes up at other occasions re-schedule them until your designated appointment.
2. Change Your Attitude to One of Gratitude.
- Gratitude shifts our focus. When we worry we focus on everything that is or could be wrong. When we are thankful, we shift our focus to everything that is or could be right. What about your situation can you be thankful for? If nothing else, I can thank God he works through all circumstances for my good. (see Romans 8:28).
- Review examples of God’s faithfulness and provision. Recalling God’s demonstrations of his faithfulness and sovereignty reassures us. As you pray, thank God for all he has provided now and in the past, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
3. Brainstorm Some Possible Solutions.
- Make a list. If the problem is solvable, think of what you can do to solve it? Stay with the things you can control. Keep in mind that you can control your behavior, attitude, and thinking. You can’t control others’ actions, feelings, or their choices. Then systematically work through the list.
4. Accept Your Limitations
- If you worry about something that you have little to no control or which may not have a solution, change the way you look at it, and begin to practice effective coping methods.
- Acknowledge real limitations. Do not attempt to control what you can not control. It is almost that simple.
- Accept uncertainty. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. We are not. Thus, we will have changes in our lives. Surrender everything to God and trust that his grace will be sufficient, and his power will be made perfect in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Understand your feelings. Sometimes we busy ourselves with worry to distract ourselves. Emotions are God-given aspects of our humanity. We learn to cope with these uncomfortable sensations when we allow ourselves to feel our feelings. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. Philippians 4:9a
5. Find an “Accountability Partner.”
- Get at least one accountability partner. Paul encouraged the believers to put into practice what they had learned from him. A friend or mentor who properly manages their worries benefits us as well. They can model skills and strategies, help us put those into practice, and hold us lovingly accountable when we don’t.
- Avoid pity-party people. I know it feels good at the moment to sit with other people that worry and rehash negative things. But don’t! That only makes it worse. It would be more beneficial to be with those who handle stress and uncertainty well. A counselor can help you gain perspective and cope with your anxiety in more efficient ways.
- Seek professional help if you need it. The assistance and guidance of a Christian counselor benefited me greatly over the years. There is nothing wrong in getting help from a competent professional help.
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Life flies by, and it’s easy to get lost in the blur. In adolescence, it’s ‘How do I fit in?’ In your 20s, it’s ‘What do I want to do?’ In your 30s, ‘Is this what I’m meant to do?’ I think the trick is living the questions. Not worrying so much about what’s ahead but rather sitting in the gray area – being OK with where you are. ~ Chris Pine
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.