Posts Tagged ‘Worry’

How can I stop worrying?

November 12, 2017

You asked the right person, for sure! I have always been an anxious person myself, but I’m doing immeasurably better than before. I have had to learn to change my thinking. Instead of trying to anticipate every bad thing that can happen and try to prepare for it, I have learned to think instead of trusting Jesus. Since I asked Jesus to be my savior, he lives in my life. His Holy Spirit lives within me. I know that nothing can happen that Jesus doesn’t know about and he already has it covered. He has ME covered. When I catch myself getting worried or scared, I offer a quick prayer and remember I am loved, I am protected, I am cared for. Its habit training to learn to think thoughts of confidence in Jesus instead of fear, and prayerful planning instead of worry. I have to rely on Jesus for everything–we all do. So I only need to do what Jesus directs–I don’t need to do his job or worry about whether he is paying attention. Looking at it that way, I can feel the peace of knowing its not my job to supervise Jesus.

Something else I did that helped me was to read the 4 gospels again. I just read the red words–the words of Jesus. Then I underlined every part that was a promise I could claim. Sometimes I just read those verses over and over. They became part of my thinking, and that helped.

 

I Can’t Stop Worrying; I Don’t Have That Much Faith

August 24, 2017

You are right, in our human strength we don’t have much faith. But Jesus said if we had as much faith as a mustard seed (have you ever seen one? They are tiny!) you could move mountains with it. You see, you don’t have faith in your faith. You have faith in Jesus, and He is the most powerful person on Earth. He said “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me” (Matt 28:18) He can do everything. He is God, after all. And over and over in the bible it says “Nothing is too hard for God.”

So give the worries to Jesus and let him handle them. You can pray and ask Jesus whether there is anything He wants you to do or change. But other than that, let Him do the worrying for you. There is nothing to be gained by your worry. Jesus said “Who by your worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25) Worry is checking up on Jesus to see if He is working on your problem, and He doesn’t like it when we do that. It shows we don’t trust him. So when we are tempted to worry, we can just say “Thank you Jesus for taking care of my problems, is there anything you are telling me to do that I’m not hearing. If not, then I trust you.”

Asking

January 20, 2016

“Ask, and you will be given what you ask for.  Seek, and you will find.  Knock, and the door will be opened.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Anyone who seeks, finds.  If only you will knock, the door will open.  If a child asks his father for a loaf of bread will he be given a stone instead?  If he asks for fish, will he be given a poisonour snake?  Of course not!  And if you hardhearted sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won’t  your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?”  Matthew 7:7-11

In this episode, Jesus taught that our Heavenly Father is like a very loving earthly parent, but even better.  First of all, He likes to be asked for what we need.  Unlike earthly parents, God already knows what we need.  What then would be the purpose of asking?  Asking indicates trust on our part–trust that we have been heard, and trust that we will be given a loving answer to our requests.  That trust is a type of praise that brings God glory (it reflects all His goodness, love and beauty).  Jesus taught that everyone who asks will receive an answer, and everyone who seeks answers will be given something.  Jesus said that if we knocked we would be answered.  God never has a busy signal.  We never get the runaround.  We never will find God absent when we knock.  We will get an answer.   The answer might not always be exactly what we asked.  Think about parents.  They don’t always give their child what it asks for, because many of a child’s choices are foolish.  But as parents, even less than perfect parents do acknowledge the child’s request and give something good.  If a baby asks for something it can choke on, the parent distracts it with something else they know it likes.  If a child asks for something foolish or dangerous, the parent gives something better.  Sometimes it is necessary to wait for an answer, because someone or something  isn’t ready for the answer yet.  God will never give anything that would hurt us no matter how much we think we want it.  There was a song once about thanking God for unanswered prayer.  According to the lyrics, the young man had prayed for a certain girl to become his wife, but years later upon seeing her again, and then looking at the wife he had, he was glad God hadn’t answered the original prayer.  His actual wife was a much better match for him for a lifetime.

What if We Believed Jesus? Part 2

January 17, 2016

“So my counsel is:  Don’t worry about things–food, drink, and clothes.  For you already have life and a body–and they are far more important than what to eat and wear.  Look at the birds!  They don’t worry about what to eat–they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food–for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.  Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?”  Matthew 6: 25-27

If we really believed this, if we really trusted God to take care of our needs, how differently might we live?  The area where most people worry is  money and whether they will have enough to meet today’s bills and what might the future hold for them financially.  Obviously, money is another synonym for food, drink and clothes.  If we quit worrying, just do what we should and then go on and live, we might have more time, better health, and more fulfilling lives.  If we don’t constantly worry that we won’t have enough, we might be a whole lot more generous toward God’s work and the needs of others.  We might actually enjoy providing some pleasure for those who might not otherwise experience it, like taking some disadvantaged kids to a movie or kid’s museum or the like.  We might make more memories for our own family–spending money on travel to see them oftener, for instance.  We might quit hoarding, thinking there could be scarcity in our future.  Some people have developed hoarding into a fine art, but when you think about it–if we do have a national crisis with severe shortages, do we want to try to protect our stash with a gun?  Do we want to shoot starving people who want to steal from us?  Yet the doomsday hoarders have to ask themselves this question.

If we really trusted God to take care of us, would we spend all our time and money on vitamins, supplements, exercise programs, health scans, etc?  Or would we just do what God asks:  eat reasonably, exercise reasonably, and sleep reasonably?  All the worry about maybe getting cancer or cardiovascular disease, ignores the fact that most of us eat too much, exercise too little and have entirely too much stress in our lives.  Fat cells and stress are the toxic combination that cause all kinds of disease.  And some of the stress is because we worry entirely too much over money.

Another thing to believe Jesus about is that life is the most important gift–not things of any kind.  Jesus was the ultimate minimalist.  He traveled as an itinerant preacher, and likely had nothing but his coat–no home, no mode of transportation, no suitcase.  We would all have to go a very long way to be real minimalists.  Yet I have known people in ministry who go almost that far–don’t own homes or cars, use the library for reading and computer time, don’t have tv, maybe have a cell phone, but almost no material possessions except the bare necessities.   Without exception, these people are at least as happy as the ones who have every convenience and a lot of luxuries.

Seeking security in money requires chasing the promotions, climbing the career ladder, being competitive, and putting in more time than anyone else.  If we could work hard 8 hours a day, then leave the job at work, how much more time would we have for prayer, thought, relationships, exercise, and enjoyment of God’s creation?  How much less stress would we have?  How much more quality of life?  How much better health?

 

The Little Things

March 8, 2011

This was written by my daughter in law about a bad week they had several years ago.   Nonni

“Looking back over my life, I remember a year some time ago when everything seemed to go wrong in one week.  In just one week, we had a car accident.  A large dental bill was denied by our insurance comany.  A virus shut down our only comuter.  The IRS notified us they wanted to talk to us about a mistake in our taxes that was going to cost us.  We had a blizzard and our second car broke down in a parking lot in the midst of the blizzard.  We made it home, but had no way to go get it, and the first car was still in the shop from its accident.  Then we were notified by our bank of possible identity theft. 

About to go to pieces, I went to the Lord.  He reminded me that no one died, no one was injured, no one was ill, we weren’t bankrupt, and that none of what happened would affect the rest of our lives.  I recorded all this in a prayer journal, and looked back one year later.  In just one year, every single one of these problems had been solved.  God is in control of all things, and even when the “little” things seem to pile up all at once, they are never too much for Him.  In time and one by one, these things do get sorted out.  Thank you Lord. “