Why do we worry?
What is worry?
Webster defines worry as “to think about problems or fears; to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen.”
Why is it so hard to choose peace?
It’s all about our thoughts. What we allow in our thoughts will become who we are. Start absorbing the Word into your inner self. Arm yourself with God’s Word. It is so very powerful and alive. Train your thoughts. As soon as that fear about what could happen to one of your children pops into your head, instead of dwelling on it and getting anxious, replace it with Scripture. You could think this thought instead “I will not be afraid or terrified for the Lord my God is with me” (paraphrased from Dueteronony 31:6). That little sentence is enough to take the anxiety out of your thoughts and replace it with the peace of God.
You don’t have to memorize every single word, the book, the chapter or the verse. You just have to know enough to fill your thoughts. Jesus told us that He was leaving His peace with us (John 14:27). You can replace a negative, anxious thought with simple words like “Jesus, fill me with Your peace.” Or one of my go-to favorites is simply to say “Jesus, let me see Your face.” I concentrate on seeing Jesus’s face in my thoughts and all of a sudden whatever I was worrying about fades away. Try it. I promise you it works and it is powerful. I’ve read where it takes 6 weeks or approximately 40 days to create a habit. Be intentional about replacing your anxious thoughts with thoughts of Jesus and His love and grace. Even the worst worriers among us will be able to find peace.
Here are a few of my favorite verses. If any jump out at you, write them down on index cards and stick them in your purse or briefcase for a week. Pull them out often and look at them. Study them when you find yourself waiting in line at the supermarket or when you are waiting in a doctor’s office. Look at them while you are eating. Tape one to your bathroom mirror. Just keep them handy. Do this every week and before long, you’ll have built up an arsenal of Scripture to help take your thoughts captive.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Look to the Lord and his strength. Seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Stay in the Light and the Love always,