Do you worry? I am a recovering worrier! I’ve gone through periods in my life where it was minimal and I’ve been in periods where the anxiousness from thoughts of worry, was debilitating. All I could do was cry out to the Lord, “please save me from this worry” because I couldn’t live with the consuming fears and I didn’t want to live with anxiousness in my life.
When I look back now from a more peaceful perspective, worry for me meant action. I didn’t know how to “fix” the situation I was in or “control” others so I would worry about outcomes; worry about what people thought; worry about the future…worry meant I was at least doing something. I was in control. Little did I know that all I was doing was compromising my health, relationships and my life.
My experience in the health and wellness industry as well as my own personal story, I can say with confidence that worry wreaks havoc with your physical health. Insomnia; weight gain; high blood pressure; poor eating; muscle tension and headaches are just some of the symptoms of worry on our body. It also impacts your words, your behavior and those around you.
For me personally the road to releasing worry has not been easy and hasn’t gone smoothly. However, turning to God for help has led to feeling the peace that I do today. Coaches and doctor would give me all sorts of advice. Take this; do this; listen to this; slow down; breathe…..the list was endless. However, everyone left out the solution to the key….God. This was the moment I cried out to the Lord.
How did God help me get rid of worry?
You have to trust God.
Daniel 6:23 AMP “Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel should be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to and trusted in) his God.”
Psalm 31:14 AMP “But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God.”
The word trust, took me back to my days of being in corporate America when we would go away for a weekend event of team building fun. The exercises were designed to build trust amongst the team. Sometimes we had to fall back into each other’s arms while blindfolded; or climb these crazy high towers blindfolded (we were strapped in!) with only relying on the direction of our teammates coaching us through to the top. When I thought about trusting God, I thought about these exercises. I started reflecting on times in my life when I asked God to catch me and He did. I thought about times I asked God to guide me on the right path and He did. I started to write down these testimonies and now I keep a journal of my God stories. When my trust in God waivers (I’m flesh and it does!) I reflect on my journal entries and I’m quickly reminded to trust God. I invite you to take some time and start a trust journal of your own. Write down the moments you recall where God had a hand in the outcome.
A prayer I use often: Father, I admit that I often forget that you are there to catch me, guide me and you said you will never leave me nor forsake me. Please forgive me for my forgetfulness. I pray that you will help me to cast my cares and burdens of worry upon you so that I may go free to live in love, peace and joy. I ask that you help me to trust you in taking care of all my needs. Help me to trust you and rid myself of worry. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen
Pour yourself into God’s Word. If you know God then you’ll know His promises. Knowing what He has promised us will help you get to know God and to build your trust in Him.
I remember when we were doing our team building exercises, throughout the weekend together we would take time out to get to know each other. We would share personal stories about ourselves and our families. As we got to know each other, the trust deepened. On Day 1 the feeling of angst falling backwards into my co-worker’s arms was strong, however, it all changed after I got to know everyone on a deeper level. By the end of the weekend, I felt confident and fearless (trusting!) when they had to catch me once again. Getting to know God through His word (His truth) has made me confident and fearless!
Joshua 1:9 AMP “Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 26:3 AMP “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
If you are worried about something, then turn to Him. Declare Isaiah 26:3 out loud over and over again and ask God to pour His peace over you.
You have to live life in the present moment.
I’ve learned that my worry happens when I live in the future. Even just in the future of tomorrow. If I’m focused on the future, it’s an indicator I am not living in the present moment. God gave me this lesson during a very precious moment. My boys play lacrosse and watching their games is seriously my greatest enjoyment. During my days of worry, later in the evening after the games, the boys would ask me to recall multiple highlight moments, and I realized I couldn’t relive the memory with them. Worry had me consumed and my brain was living in the future, not in the moment. Time happens and life happens and we can’t get these precious moments back. If we are worried about tomorrow, we miss today’s blessings. God will give you the strength you need today. Just ask!
Matthew 6:34 AMP So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day as its own trouble.
1 Peter 5:7 AMP “Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for he cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
Pray: Father, I cast my worries upon you so that I may go free to live in joy and peace for today. I ask for this, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
I pray that you are able to leave worry aside.
Lots of love and peace,