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How Often Do You Worry?

Worry can be part of everyday life. It can become a habit. Typically, we just want to get over our worries and move on. Have you ever thought of WHY you worry? Can good come out of worry?

I (Madison) find myself worrying over many things in life. Most of the time, I just don’t know what to do. I have asked for help, but it doesn’t always work to stop me from worrying. I have found that praying to God or just saying, “STOP” out loud does help stop the thoughts from spinning in my mind. This is something I need to work on daily.

Worrying can be a sin, but God can also use it as a protection for us. It protects us from being careless and doing whatever we want. He knows us and uses these opportunities to challenge our brains and learn to depend on Him.

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,

Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

Worry isn’t an easy subject to talk about or to deal with. We are reading a book about worry called, “Outsmarting Worry”. One thing I (Haley) deal with is fearing the unknown about the future. Also worrying about things that most likely won’t happen, but I think they might. That is called exaggerating. We freak out about something that hasn't happened or is never going to happen because it’s so crazy.

God has it all planned out for you so there’s no point in worrying. But it’s hard to not worry even when we know God is in control. That’s why it’s a good idea to always stay connected to Him. To pray to Him when you are struggling. People can’t help you to stop worrying, but God can. Remember that the Holy Spirit is your Counselor and your Guide, ask Him for help. He might not answer your prayers right away but He hears your cry for help.

“People can’t help you to stop worrying, but God can.”

I found a verse that encourages me to pray when I need help with my worries, thoughts, and struggles. 1 John 5: 14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” See, it’s proven! God does hear our cries for help, so pray to Him about your worries.

I encourage you to work on worrying less and taking your concerns to God instead! He is your hope, your future, and He has it all under His control.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “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 a hope

and a future.”

Source: “Outsmarting Worry” by Dawn Huebner, PhD

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