My twelve month old little girl cries when she is in her carseat, alone in the back seat. She gets so scared to be alone. She bends her head up to look toward the front where she knows I am sitting. Today, I was in the passenger seat and reached back to hold her dainty, little hand and it was enough to comfort her for the ride.
My little one is too young to know how to calm worries on her own. I can feel that way in my own life sometimes. I don’t want to worry, but how do I actually stop my mind from going there when I am facing some serious struggles?
The word “worry” comes from the old English word “to strangle,” and that is just what worry does. It strangles the peace and joy out of our hearts and minds. And it is a sin to worry!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6)
Supplication is when you realize you are lacking. God wants us to humble ourselves before Him and ask Him for help with our worries- with a thankful heart. I know I am lacking and need Him to come through for me, and I know I have so much to be thankful for, even in my trials!
And oh there is a lovely, beautiful promise if we obey verse six, that makes our obedience so worth it.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Even in a scary world stuffed full of reasons to worry, we can overcome this because God wouldn’t ask something of us that isn’t possible for us to do. Training our minds to trust Him is possible!
When we take out the worry, we need to fill that void with something good, so it doesn’t creep back in.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).
With God’s blueprint to kick it to the curb, we can stop the worry! It is possible to live a freeing, fulfilling life without it, if we just do what He tells us. So, I am telling myself this too, dig into Philippians 4. And “Stop it!”