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Worry Free

Elizabeth Irby

I am a self-professed worry wart. In my daily battle against worry, these remedies help me the most.

Praying

When I am honest and tell God my worries, they no longer control me. I talk with other Christians, and they pray for me too. My Sunday school class and my email prayer partner provide me with prayer support.

Reading the Bible

I learn what the scripture teaches about worry. Jesus commands, “Do not worry about your life” (Matthew 6:25a, NIV). Paul instructs, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV). Reading the Bible reminds me to trust God instead of dwelling on my problems.

Changing my Focus

If I am worried, doing something different changes the focus of my thoughts. Watching a movie, reading a book, or calling a friend often does the trick. Exercise is another way to divert the restless energy that promotes worry. I like to row on our rowing machine, punch a punching bag, or take my dog for a walk.

Writing in a Journal

I write the worries out of my system. I write about my fears, and I also write down plans that will help to resolve my troubles, In this way my worrying leads to action.

 

JOURNAL: Write about whatever is worrying you today. Then read Philippians 4:6-8. How does the scripture help you to deal with your concerns?

—from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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