You know that feeling when someone tells you something, and it’s like you just walked smack right into a wall? Ever had that experience?
I remember the first time my best friend accused me of a being a worrier. I use the word accuse because I was in denial at first. I wanted to defend myself…I am not a worrier. That is not my role in the family. My grandma had been the worrier. Yet, the more I thought about it, the way I was processing through a situation with my best friend, the more I realized she was right. I was a worrier. I am a worrier.
Worry and anxiety go hand in hand. I think of something, I worry, and I feel anxiety. I know this is not how God wants me, or anyone, to live in this hyper-anxious state. My best friend challenged me to replace worry with something. What can replace worry? Prayer.
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your heart and mind in Jesus Christ as you live. Philippians: 4:6-7
So, yesterday morning as I drove to work, I mindfully prayed over this verse.
Don’t worry about anything….this means nothing…worry about nothing.
Pray about everything…this means everything…every little thing, every big thing…God cares about them all. So I prayed over every possible thing I could think of that was causing the anxious feeling in my stomach as I drove into work.
Tell God what you need…So, I prayed over my heart’s desires and my requests to simply get through the day.
Thank Him for all He has done…this is huge…I reflected on some situations and acknowledged God’s presence in my life as He walked me through those situations. Remembering His faithfulness in the past reminds me that He continues to be faithful even though my worry…but He has a better solution to worry: Prayer.
Surrender the worry through prayer and experience His peace.