Why Do I Worry?

worry1The dreaded news came to my house today. As soon as the word hit my ears my stomach began to churn in nervous fear: lice. I know, it’s not cancer, but to a mom of little kids, this word holds an incredible amount of terror. We had been exposed, now it was time to check and wait and re-check and keep waiting and hope and pray and check again… until you are beyond positive that enough time has passed that it is no longer a threat. I never considered myself a worry-inclined person, I don’t struggle with anxiety, and my -most of the time- instant response to situations is ‘God’s in control’. So why is this hitting me so hard? Why am I so paralyzed by fear? It doesn’t help that my head is itching just thinking about it….

I was raised on Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV) I know better than to let myself be controlled by my worst-case-scenario thoughts. The Bible gives clear directions on how to take your thoughts captive and live without fear, worry or anxiety – but it’s like a road map: just reading it won’t take you there. I have to make the choice to change.

worry2In Philippians 4:6 we’re told, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV) That’s the directive. Then, in verse 7, he tells us how to do it:

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV)

God never promised bad things wouldn’t come our way, but that when they do he will provide the grace to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13). What he did promise, however, is that if we obey and keep our thoughts from going hog-wild crazy and instead choose to trust him, he will give us peace. All-sufficient, all-encompassing, amazing, heart-guarding, above our understanding peace.

The choice we have to make is placing all of that fear, worry or anxiety in his more-than-capable hands and taking instead his peace. Trusting him to be all sufficient is a scary first step, but I promise if you do you won’t be disappointed!

So while I don’t know whether or not that dreaded 4-letter-word has come to visit our house (and despite the fact that I can’t stop itching the living daylights out of my scalp just thinking about it), I’m choosing to trust him and take his peace. He can have my worry, fear and dread – I’m refusing to be anxious about anything.

This passage on anxiety starts off with the original DIY guide to getting rid of worry:

worry3“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5 NIV)

It really is so simple, isn’t it? Peace comes from knowing the Truth, and Truth comes from saturating your mind in the Word of God.

Have you conquered worry and anxiety? What are some ways God’s taught you to choose peace? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you!

❤ Jasmine

{UPDATE: ^^^We don’t have lice! God is so good!^^^}

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4 thoughts on “Why Do I Worry?

  1. Well written and so true! I have battled with this a lot of the last few years, with my husband’s job uncertainty and health issues but the more you take the steps God wants you to, the easier it becomes – in certain areas! My family and I have been through some pretty rough times in the last 3 months and I cannot yet say it was easy, but the best days were those when I immersed myself in Scripture, prayer, and music that glorified God. The hardest days were when I couldn’t bother to open my bible. Lesson learned, until next time anyway 🙂 PS, glad it wasn’t lice!

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  2. I think knowing that He will never leave me nor forsake me helps. Also, knowing that nothing that happens to me is outside of His ability to protect or change me from it. Glad to hear you are lice free!!

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