We all know the verses in Scripture that tell us not to worry. But it’s a lot easier said than done! Worry seems to be the default position for many people, yet it’s not good for us and it’s not good for our relationship with God. But how can we quiet our worried minds?
- Analyze your worry. Sometimes if we can get through the emotions associated with worry, we can gain clarity around solving problems. What has worked for you in the past when you were worried? How can you apply those lessons today?
- Be specific in your prayers. God doesn’t want you to live in anxiety. What are your responses to worry? Fear, discouragement, anger, impatience? Ask him for help with the specifics of your situation.
- Re-align your focus. When you’re worried, your situation or fears about the future take center stage. Once you’ve handed them over to God, keep your focus on him and his word. Every time your mind starts fretting again, grab a Bible or prayer book and re-focus your attention. We’re always calmer when we are feeling the presence of God!
There’s a lot to be worried about, and it’s easy for worry to take the driver’s seat in times of stress. Being worried is feeling fear about a future that has yet to arrive. No matter how you deal with the situations you’re worried about, you’ll be better equipped to face them when you remember you’re not alone.