Friday, June 21, 2013

Taming Your Worry Habit

Top Ten Ways to Tame Your Worry Habit

10. Separate toxic worry from genuine concern. Determine if you can do anything about your situation. If so sketch a plan to handle it. (Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3)

9. Don’t worry alone. Share your concerns with a friend or a counselor. Talking about your fears often reveals solutions. (The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9 nlt)

8. Take care of your physical body. Regular exercise and adequate rest can define a lot of worry. Healthy bodies handle stress better and react more appropriately. (Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 nlt)

7. Do what is right. A guilty conscience causes great anxiety. Do your best to live above reproach. Confess quickly and seek forgiveness. (In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men. Acts 24:16)

6. Look on the bright side. Consciously focus on what is good around you. Don’t speak negatively, even about yourself. (Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 nlt)

5. Control your imagination. Be realistic about problems, but try to live in the “here and now” not in the “what might be.” (Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!” Isaiah 35:3–4 msg)

4. Prepare for the unexpected. Put aside a cash reserve and take sensible measures so you’ll be ready if difficulties arise. (There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man swallows it up. Proverbs 21:20)

3. Trust God. Keep reminding yourself to put God in your equation. When fear knocks send faith to answer the door. (They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. Psalm 112:7 nlt)

2. Meditate on God’s promises. Scripture has the power to transform our minds. Look for scriptures that will help you answer life’s difficulties with God’s Word. (For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:4)

1. Pray! Joseph M. Scriven’s hymn says it all: “O what peace we often forfeit . . . all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” (Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2) 

Joanna Weaver, At the Feet of Jesus (June 21) from Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

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