How to overcome your worrying. These 5 steps to win over worry can help conquer those fears so you can live the life God intended.
A famous orator was once quoted as saying a speech cost him 2 nights’ sleep–one beforehand in thinking what to say and one afterwards in thinking how much better he might have said it.
Worry–can you relate?
I struggled with worry even before I could spell the word. But after years of wasted efforts, God transformed my thinking and set my mind free from the constant war of worry.
5 Steps to Win Over Worry
1. Recognize worry as a power struggle for control.
Why else would we worry? If we believe God is in control, then why worry in the first place? In reality, our worry is rooted in fear–quite often the fear that we won’t get our way.
Worry is our attempt to control our lives and our environment. It’s an inward negative process that harms our relationship with God, paralyzes His purpose, and leaves us defeated.
“And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Luke 12:25
Worry can’t help your situation. Instead, it destroys your moments and your potential.
Rather than wasting time on uncertainties and tragic endings, imagine your life without them. What could you then accomplish?
Focus on the things in your life you can change rather than the things you can’t.
2. Refrain from worried thoughts and worried crowds.
Refrain from speaking worrisome comments, thinking negative thoughts, and surrounding yourself with other worry warts.
Let’s face it. Those of us who are card carrying members of the Fellowship of Worriers, follow our own kind. Not only can we control the way we think and what we say, we can also control who we allow to feed our thinking.Choose to surround your life with positive people and saturate your mind in His truth. Click To Tweet
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Instead of attempting to answer the “What if?” questions, find something else to do.
Visit someone who’s lonely. Volunteer for a worthy cause in your area. Transform your worrisome thoughts on ways to help others and God will richly reward your efforts by exchanging your fearful heart with a heart filled with joy.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
Remind youself that God is always present and He is working on your behalf. Rest in the assurance that He cares for you and supplies your every need–even in the hidden spaces of tomorrow. When you work, play, sleep–in whatever you do and wherever you go–relax and and rest in His promise.God is faithful. Click To Tweet
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Keep a gratitude journal and list His blessings. Thank God for keeping His promises. Fill your mind with grateful thoughts and choose to rejoice.
“To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 30:12
The world has plenty to worry about: disease, pain, politics, war, etc. But as His people, we exchange those worries for a life of purpose.
Instead of wasting your time on worry, choose to glorify God by sharing His freedom from worry with everyone else.Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. -Corrie ten Boom Click To Tweet
Starla J says
Loved this! Thank you!
Thank you for this post Mitzi! Very timely for me. We are expecting our first child and soon we will be on one income only. I have to constantly remind myself that God is faithfull and will take care of us.
Thank you for this. I have struggled with worry for a long time and this helps. Pinned!
Mitzi Smith says
I’m with you, Vicky– praying you’ll have a worry-free week!
Sherry Carter says
I never thought of worry as a power struggle with God! Worry says either I don’t trust Him or I’m afraid He won’t do what I WANT Him to do. Good post Mitzi.
Tabatha (Bussell) Fulmer says
I just found your blog and LOVE this post! Thank you for the encouragement. 🙂
Mitzi Smith says
thanks, Tabatha! I love blogging– it connects me with other great ladies all over the place and keeps me writing, too 🙂