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5 Encouragements When You’re Worried

By |2019-07-18T09:43:56-05:00Jul 7, 2017|Overcoming Hardships|11 Comments
  • 5 Encouragements When You’re Worried

Jordyn | Choosing Freedom
We welcome Jordyn from our Marketing Team as she shares a personal post about worry. Thank you Jordyn for your vulnerability and willingness to share about what God taught you in a season of worry. We are grateful for your heart and wisdom.


‘I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain

Ain’t that the truth. How many times have you worried about something that never actually happened? If you’re anything like me, the answer is a lot. I worry about my family, my job, my spouse, my home, etc. There’s SO much to worry about. I even worry when I know that what I’m worrying about is out of my control.

In Matthew 6:25, Jesus commands us “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” If that isn’t reason enough, He then goes on to say in verse 27,Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Most of us know we shouldn’t worry and that no matter how much we worry, we still can’t change some situations. So why then do we as humans so often struggle with this issue? For me, most of the time a worry starts small and then my thoughts take over and make it seem much bigger. I know the situation is in God’s hands, but I buy into the lie that my worrying will somehow help God achieve the outcome I desire. Silly, right? But so many of us fall into this trap.

We often think that worrying will help us control things that are out of our control, but in fact, worry does the exact opposite—it ends up controlling us. Worry steals our time, energy and attention that could be used on other things—positive things that will further our character, focus, and relationship with God.

5 Encouragements When You’re WorriedSo how do we combat this problem we all are susceptible to? Below are a few tips that help me and will hopefully encourage you the next time you start to worry. It is a battle you and I will face time and time again, but these 5 tips can help us conquer the spirit of worry once and for all.

1. Replace worry with prayer.

Make prayer a habit, not worry. What would happen if every time you started to worry, you shifted to praying about what you’re worried about instead? Your perspective will change when you focus on God and not the situation that is concerning you. Prayer is more powerful than worry.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4: 4-6

2. Acknowledge God is with you.

God is bigger than your challenge. He knows the solution. He knows what it is going to take to get there, and He has your best interest at heart. If we know this to be true, then we can start to put our trust in Him rather than ourselves and our circumstances.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

 3. Find joy.

Seek happiness in God, not in events or things or people. If you’re worrying about a certain situation, outcome, or person, rather than focusing on the negative thoughts, force yourself to focus on the positive. If you can’t find anything joyful around you, look up. God will always be our one true joy.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

 4. Take comfort in God.

God knows the plan and outcome, even when you don’t. He gives us new mercies each morning, enough to cover whatever you may face today. The God who created the Heavens and the earth also created you for a plan and a purpose. Take heart in knowing that He has the all answers you seek.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 5. Surround yourself with good friends.

God created us to be relational beings. You don’t have to go through trouble or worry alone. Reach out to a godly, wise friend, someone you trust who may have gone through a similar situation as to what you’re worried about. They can shed light on your worry and pray with you.

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

 If you’re worrying about something in your life, it’s my prayer that these tips and verses might help you turn your focus from the situation to the God who holds everything in His hands. It’s okay to be concerned about things, but don’t let worry consume your life. Make a daily choice to remember the truth God has given you through His Word.

11 Comments

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    Natasha December 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    God Bless you

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    angelique January 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I am very worried about my situation. I will start praying instead of worrying. I am also asking you to pray for me.

    God bless

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    Tina January 24, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    This sounds like it was written for me, but I know it is written for everyone. I have got to let go and let God! That is a must and these words and verses help me each and everyday. Thank you!

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    Roger January 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jordyn,
    I have been struggling with worry a lot recently and your comment about replacing worry with prayer really spoke to me.
    May God continue to bless you,
    Roger

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    kathleen February 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I didn’t realize how much I worried each day until I substituted it with prayer. It has changed my life,

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    Mikel February 5, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    When I start to worry about something, I turn to God in prayer. I asked for comfort and guidance, and I understand that what it is that I seek might not be in God’s plan for me. I then look back on the many times in my life that I have been worried, and the fact that God has ALWAYS provided for me, sometimes putting me on a wonderful path I would have never considered. And then I again realize why it is called faith. God will always provide what you NEED.

    May God bless and comfort everyone that has worries today.

    Mikel

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      kathleen February 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your post. I really needed that today.

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    Vickie March 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I need prayers for my son and grandson. My son has permanent full custody of his 11 year old son since June 2015. My son and the mother were never married. He is married now and has three daughters with his wife. My grandson’s mother is trying to take him away from his father. She has another child, a girl whom her parents are raising and she is seeing the little girl once a week for so many hours at her parents house. She was arrested for drugs and is in drug court and almost finished. She wants visitation without going to court. My grandson has made it clear to us and his dad his does not want to live with her again and that he only wants to see her a few times a month for maybe a couple of hours. What do we do? My husband talked to her today and told her all this but she wants it to go back the way it was three years ago. They had joint custody with her as primary and my son only saw his son every other weekend and one day a week on the week he did not see him on the week end. was suppose to get him a week at Christmas and three weeks in the summer. She never did what the court ordered and we had to call the law to get our grandson to see him. When she had her wreck we were suppose to get him the three weeks in the summer and she would not do it and we told her we were going to call the law. Well Karma set in and she wrecked and that day our grandson was given to his dad and is still with him. I know she wants to see him but I know her too, she will not push until she gets want she wants even if it hurts my grandson. Please we need prayers on this. My grandson wants to stay with his dad. Please Please pary for our family and that God gives us an answer to know what to do

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      mercymultipliedblog March 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      We are praying!

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    Bryantt April 18, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Awesome words of wisdom and encouragement! This helped me out a whole lot. Have too continue too build our trust and faith and allow God too sit in the driver seat in our lives.

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    Gayle Briscoe April 25, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I thank God for you. We must learn to trust Him.

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