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Letting Go of Worry

We recognize that worry can often hold us back from reaching our full potential and experiencing the abundant life that God intends for us. In this section, through practical insights, encouraging stories, and biblical truths, we offer actionable steps to help you let go of your worries and embrace the freedom that comes from trusting in God’s provision and guidance. 

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Steps to Overcome Worry

How do we tackle worry? You mind your mind, and God will mind your heart.  Philippians 4 tells us we can choose what we think about.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).  And the God of peace will be with you. 

1.  Have a plan for today.  “Sufficient unto the day.” 

One of the things that helps me the most in overcoming worry is to have plan when worry appears on my mind’s radar screen, calls me on my cell phone, or sends me an email.  I try to identify which part of time this worry belongs to – past, present, or future.  Then I tackle the part of the worrisome situation that has to be tackled that day and ONLY that part.  I harness my mind, which keeps bolting out the door of today into either the past or the future, and give Him the reins. 

In The Message by Eugene Peterson, Matt. 6:34 says: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” 

2.  Memorize Scripture.  “Think on these things.”

Memorize a verse or verses that have helped you today.  For example, Peterson’s paraphrase of either Matthew or Philippians. I committed both to memory.  You can do this – however old you are!  Scribble the verse out on a piece of paper and take it with you.  Put it above your mirror in the bathroom or in your kitchen, or over your work desk. Chew it over.  That’s what meditate means. 

3.  Don’t steal the worry back.  “Pray about it, commit it to Him, and then don’t steal it back.”  

Enjoy.  Be a bird. “Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.  And you count far more to him than birds” (Matt. 6:25-26, The Message). 

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