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Don’t Let Your Worries Consume You
I will be the first to admit that my greatest weakness is “WORRY”. I worry about everything..even the tiniest of things. It’s not always worrying about my needs but for my family or friends or just about the horrible things that are happening in the world today.
At some point, you have to take a step back and breath. You have to realize you can’t save everyone and you certainly can’t fix every situation/problem. That does not mean you give up either. But, to often we burden ourselves with to much, that we become run down, weak and defeated.
Thank the Heavens that I have a Heavenly Father who never grows weary, who has the power to give us the strength we need to continue on. When we can no longer bare the heavy load …JESUS can.
When we give our worries & frustrations over to God…that mountain we’ve been trying to climb turns out to be a grain of sand. And all the searching we’ve been doing to find the answers in right there in front of us, and that is, “praying” to a powerful God who loves us and understands our needs”.
Instead of worrying about what you cannot change, (ie: worrying about all the wrong things, the things that really sometimes are so trivial)..we are losing precious time with things we CAN change.
LOVE is all that matters in the end. It sure makes everything else seem so small.
The following is a report on the practical applications of Dr. Linda Mintle’s book, “Letting Go of Worry”: Finding God’s Plan for Peace and Contentment (Harvest House Publishers – 2011).
Living in a fallen world gives you lots to worry about, but living in a relationship with Jesus can free you from ever having to worry about anything. No matter what happens in your life, you don’t have to worry about it if you choose to rely on Jesus to help you manage it and find peace in the process.
So if you’ve been in the habit of worrying, let go of worry and embrace the peace that Jesus offers you. Here’s how:
1) Recognize how little worry can help you. Worry doesn’t have the power to prevent anything bad from happening in your life. Also, the bad things that you worry about may never end up happening, and many good things can happen instead. So worry is completely useless.
2) Recognize how much worry harms you. Worrying doesn’t benefit you in any way, but it does harm you in many ways. Worry harms your health physically (such as by contributing to high blood pressure, causing insomnia, and suppressing your immune system), mentally (by sending a stream of negative thoughts into your mind), and spiritually (by encouraging fear rather than faith in God). Worry also wastes valuable time and energy that you could be using for better activities.
3) Distinguish between worry and concern. While it’s healthy to be concerned about something, it’s unhealthy to worry about it. That’s because concern motivates you to do something to solve problems or plan helpful ways to cope with them, but worry keeps you stuck on problems and distracts you from planning any helpful ways of dealing with them.
4) Identify what triggers worry in your life. You can begin to worry whenever: you encounter a situation that feels out of control; you feel vulnerable or powerless; you let your imagination run away with negative thoughts about what may happen in the future; or you experience a loss that’s traumatic, difficult, or unexpected. Once you understand what triggers worry in your life, you can begin to guard against worry in those situations.
5) Make a crucial choice. No matter how hard you try, you can’t stop bad things from happening, because you live in a fallen world. However, you do have the choice of how you respond to whatever happens. You can decide to stop dwelling on worrisome thoughts after they enter your mind, and to pray about those thoughts instead, inviting God to work in the situation about which you had been worrying. Choose to pray instead of worrying.
6) Trust God to deal with what worries you. Since God wants the best for you, is always with you, and has the power to do anything, you can trust any worrisome situation to Him and invite Him to work it out for the best. When you struggle to trust God with something that’s worrying you, ask God to reveal whatever unbelief or unhealed wounds may be preventing you from trusting Him completely. Confess those to God and ask Him to give you the faith and healing you need.
7) Change your worrisome thoughts rather than suppressing them. The more you try not to think about something that worries you, the more preoccupied your mind becomes with that thought, which makes you think about it even more. So suppressing thoughts about your worries doesn’t work. Instead, pray for the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and help you evaluate how every thought that enters it compares to biblical truth. When the Holy Spirit shows you that a worrisome thought doesn’t reflect what’s true, you can replace that thought with a new thought that’s based on the reality of what God says is true.
“Carrie Underwood – So Small”
This song truly brings so much into perspective!
Don’t let your WORRIES consume you to the point that it hinders you from accomplishing great things in your life!!! xo
Matthew 6:25-27 ~ Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 6:34 ~ Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 11:28-30 ~ Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 ~ Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Psalm 23:4 ~ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 56:3 ~ When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
QUOTES ABOUT WORRY
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.- (Corrie Ten Boom)
I’ll give you some symptoms of a sign that your faith is deteriorating–whenever you face all of your problems and you trust only your plans to get you out–it is a sign that your faith is deteriorating. – (T.D. Jakes)
No one can pray and worry at the same time.- (Max Lucado)
Knowing that God is faithful, it really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation.- (Josh McDowell)
Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other.- (John MacArthur)