Worry Less + Pray More May 11 2016
A really encouraging letter came in the mail from my mom the other day. She wrote these words that really touched my heart and I immediately knew that I wanted to share it with anyone else who might need encouraging during a season of waiting.
Waiting for our dreams to come to life can cause a lot of anxiety and distress. I tend to be a more anxious person than others that I know. It's something I am working on. Although, once I read the definition of anxiety, I realized that probably most people face moments of anxiety throughout the day or week.
Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Our minds are continually drifting towards what's coming next. We wonder... What will we eat next? What will we wear to the event? What should my degree be in? Will I be able to pay rent? Am I ever going to find a spouse? Am I going to make it through this week? Can I really wait another 2 weeks to see if I am pregnant?
God knew we would struggle with waiting for our dreams to be fulfilled. How do I know that He knows? He has given clear instruction in the Bible to not be anxious. Let's read Philippians 4:6-7 in the Message Version.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
We can use this verse as a guide when we are hit with anxious thoughts or worry. Let's look at this verse broken up into steps.
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
Anytime someone would tell me "don't worry." I would literally think, "how am I suppose to stop worrying?" It's like trying to tell a hungry child, "You aren't hungry." But God goes a step further and doesn't just say, "Don't worry." He says, "Instead of worrying, pray." Now, that is an actionable that is doable. So when an anxious thought pops into our minds and we start getting all worked up just take a moment to pause and say, "Jesus, I am worrying about something that I can't control and ask that you would calm my mind and remind me that my life is in your hands."
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Remind yourself of times that God has moved on your behalf in the past. The times that He pulled you through a tough situation or did a miracle in your life. Begin to thank Him for it. Praising God takes our focus of us and places it back on God. When we keep God at the front of our mind our worry gets left behind. Then let God know what is bothering you. Let Him know why you are worried and ask Him to get involved. He already knows what you are walking through but it takes faith to ask Him for help.
Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
This is my favorite part of the verse. It's so amazing that God loves us so much that He doesn't want us to worry. Worry and stress weigh us down and cause more harm than good and we don't have to live with it. I am so thankful for this verse as a reminder of how to displace worry.
If you have read this far, thank you so much. I hope that you are encouraged and let go of any worry or anxiety that is weighing you down.. Choose to remain hopeful, expectant, full of faith, and grateful as you wait for God to fulfill your dreams.
I made this reminder available as a download so that you or a friend can print it out and have a daily reminder of what to do while we wait for God to fulfill our dreams!