Worry is a snatcher of time, an obsessive compulsive behavior that kidnaps the joy and security of our minds. Over the last few years, I have had to train myself to think about what I am thinking about. I am determined to get to the root of what causes me to worry and as anxiousness creeps around me, I am learning to replace it quickly with the power of the promises I am given in Scripture. It’s not an easy task by any means. I still fall prey to the enemy, in fact he is very creative and changes his tactics often. He is very well aware of those tender places, but I am no longer a slave to the worry. Instead, I have watched the enemy and how he uses these situations to cause me to worry and I am fighting back with an arsenal of Scripture.
So how do we combat the worry in our lives? Here’s what I am doing. When anxiousness and worry hits, I begin to make a list. Really.. write it down.. for example:
- That financial situation that keeps me up at night.
- An upcoming procedure on a grandchild.
- The endless to do list.
- That nagging sense of gloom and doom..
Now, you make your own.. go ahead, I’ll wait.
There’s just something about seeing it on paper isn’t there? In John 8:12 my heart is reminded that at the moment I trusted Jesus, I no longer walked in darkness. Those worries I had caused confusion, fear, and left me scrambling for a solution. But as I wrote them down, I saw how bringing them out into the light and digging into God’s Word for what He had to say about them lifted the power they had over me. For example:
- Matthew 6:25-34 helped me to see that the Lord is well aware of those financial worries and if I put my trust in Him, I will see Him provide for me.
- Nahum 1:7 helps me when I begin to worry about my loved ones.
- Psalm 1 helps me when the pressures of a busy life are upon me.
- Philippians 4:8 helps me when life feels gloomy and I have a sense of doom.
It takes lots of practice! You won’t master this over night but in time, you will begin to reprogram your thoughts with God’s Words and see how you will go from a ‘worrier’ to a ‘warrior’!
Till next time!