Worry and Faith II

In my meanderings I found this article on worry, How to Calm Your Anxiety, Stress, and Worry.

In this article Allia Nolan Zobel sets out ten ways to calm down your worry and stress. My favorite (and MY biggest problem) is  Let There Be No Crisis Before Its Time.  Zobel’s suggestions are very practical and lack the sanctimony that some articles bring to the table. Enjoy!

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Worry and Faith

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Matthew 6:30-34  The Message

There are times that I really struggle with worry. I am a worrier. I have found that I worry even when there’s nothing to worry about. I’m hooked on worry. It’s somewhat my drug of choice. If there were an Olympics of worry, I’d get the Gold. Mostly, I worry about things that are essentially out of my control. I also try to figure out how to solve the problem, even when it may not be my problem to solve.  However, there is a big down side. Worry robs my sleep, my peace and my joy. At times, it also stops me from performing other tasks in my life, thereby producing more problems to worry about.

I used to believe that the issue was a lack of faith (another worry). If I just had more faith, then the worry would go away. I’m not so sure of that now. I do believe that God will see me through whatever problem that arises, I just don’t want the hassle of going through it. I know He’ll be there,  it’s the dread of the possible pain and upset that I fear. That’s where I fall down. What I should be doing is concentrating on Jesus. That’s even when the dread disappears. when Peter walked on water, he fell in when he concentrated on where he was rather than Who was with him.

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