What can I do with my worry?

First, what is worry? It is a feeling of uneasiness, apprehension or dreed. These feelings are usually related to negative thoughts of something that may happen in the future. A limited amount of worry is a good thing. It motivates us to make wise decisions. You set money aside for future retirement; you make sure that your son wears a helmet when riding his bike. Excessive worriers live in the future. They spend a disproportionate amount of time speculating on what might occur and then fearing the worst.

Why do we worry too much? We live in a sinful world where bad things happen. We want life to go smoothly but we know that it does not. Back to the question at hand… what can I do with my worry? Believe by faith that God will help you with your future problems and heartaches at the time of those problems and heartaches, not before. We need to let God be God.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request 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

Prayer: When we pray, we are to acknowledge Gods greatness and give Him our adoration, devotion and respect. Recognizing God as the sovereign Lord, we are to bring our worries to Him.

Petition: This refers to the expressing of our needs to God. These are our earnest requests, our desperate cries for help.

Thanksgiving: Sometimes we become so concerned with our problems that we forget the gracious ways God has worked in the past.

Make a worry list; write down the things that you are worried about. Make that list a prayer list. Pray about those things you are concerned about. Turn that prayer list into an action list. As God gives you insight, do something about those cares. Solve the problems that you can; give God the problems that you can’t.

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