Most of my life, I've been a worrier! I would worry about even small, unimportant details. It was an attribute that I hated, but I honestly didn't know how to stop. Sure, many people would say things like "just don't worry". Well that's great, but I didn't know where to find the off switch. If it was that easy, I would have done it a long time ago!
When my marriage fell apart, that was God's way of getting my attention in MANY areas of my life!! Although I knew of God, I was not walking with Him. It was actually quite the opposite. I was running away from Him and trying to do everything on my own. So when my husband walked out, my stress level went out the roof. I didn't know how to get through the next minute, much less think of how to hold everything else together. So for the first time in my life, I completely lost all control over everything.
As I sat and wallowed in my misery, I began to cry out to God. I didn't know where to even start. I simply asked him over and over again "HELP ME LORD, PLEASE HELP ME!!" The good news is that He did just that! He met me right where I was that night and began to comfort my hurting heart, guide my footsteps, and fill me with His wisdom. The more I began to seek after Him, the more I began to learn and apply those lessons to my daily life.
I was encouraged early in my journey to begin journaling. It always helped me to search out encouraging scripture. So, I began a scripture log. Each time I began to worry or stress over things that I could not control, I began to pray and read those encouraging scriptures out loud over and over again. The more I read those scriptures, the more they began to live deep in my heart.
Then I began to post those scriptures in places where I would continually see them throughout the day... on the dashboard, on my bathroom mirror, on my desk at work, etc... I also read Joyce Meyer's book "Battlefield of the Mind." In this book she talks about the power of praying scripture specifically over your circumstances and taking authority over your thoughts through prayer. I began to do this, and it made a huge difference in my life.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7
I learned that each and every time worry, doubt, anxiety, or stress started to creep into my mind and thoughts that I had to stop dead in my tracks to pray and take authority over it. I started to quote II Timothy 1:7. I bet I did this 50 times a day to start off. The more I spoke God's Word, the more I began to believe it and feel it deep within my soul. Before long, I realized that I was rarely worried or overwhelmed with the circumstances of life because I trusted God to be my provider and my protector.
God's word is filled with encouragement to help you face this life. The good news is that you do not have to face it alone. You can simply pray and put all of your trust in Him. When He is in control, you truly can stop worrying and enjoy true joy and happiness! For years I thought there was some complex and difficult solution to managing stress and anxiety. I'm so glad that I was wrong. There can be a very simple solution to worry and stress IF we chose to allow God to be in control of all aspects of our lives!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
Are you praying scripture specifically over your circumstances? What area of your life do you need to eliminate worry and trust God more?
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