When we quiet ourselves before God we are most receptive to His calming Spirit, who is able to deliver us from our doubts and fears.
Even though we are online and not face-to-face right now, if I told you to “stop worrying,” you would find me and slap me. Because most everyone desires to be free of worry. It is the “How” of doing this beyond episodic reveries that is difficult. But here are a few things I have discovered about worrying.
Worry is a mental habit taken on from others. You were not born with it, you acquired it. Because you can change any habit, you can cast out worry from your mind. Worry wastes energy. The cure to worry is faith, the sincere belief that God will help you obtain your heart’s desire.
When you feel overwhelmed with stress affirm:
“God is keeping me calm and peaceful.”
“God is safe to trust”
“God won’t ever leave me alone. Nothing happens that God does not see first. And He Loves Me.” Sara Frankl
Bible Verses When You Are Worried
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.
I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, ll keep me safe. Psalm 4:8
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalms 55:22
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair…
2 Corinthians 4:8
Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God Philippians 4:6
Cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
We must all experience many hardships before we enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22
But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are still blessed. Peter 3:14
Be strong… fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, that doth go with thee; will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26:3
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
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down ~ Proverbs 12:25
Everything is possible for one who believes ~Mark 9:23
Added May 20, 2011: The word “worry” comes from an ancient German word meaning strangle or choke, and that is what worry does: it applies a mental strangling that leads to desperation. Jesus tells us to “take no thought” for what we eat or wear (Matthew 6:25). The Greek word for “take thought” is merimnate, which means literally to have a divided mind or to be torn in different directions, stifling constructive action. From ourprayer.org
Added October 9, 2011: Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear ~ Corrie ten Boom