worry

What to do when you worry too much?

I don’t know about you but Amy and I like to end a day relaxing on the couch watching TV, and depending on the day do it while eating our favorite bowl of Blue Bell Ice Cream. I mean some days just call for Ice Cream. Am I right? Worry equals the need need for ice cream. ;).

Well this particular day wasn’t a cause for Ice Cream but I had some anyway. While we where winding down our day, Amy got an email from school asking her to do one simple thing, click the link and set up a new Eduphoria account with her current email. So she did it real quick before we headed to bed. (For those non-teachers reading this it is where all a teacher’s training they are required to do is stored.) Moments after doing what the email said to do she turned to me with a look of concern and said, “All my trainings from the past four years are gone.”

I did what any good husband would do and Anxiety

 said, “Don’t worry about it.” Of course that made it better and she didn’t worry about it at all. NO! Of course that is not the way it happened. She tossed and turned all night.

I went on to assure her that she could get it fixed tomorrow once she got to work. Well, the next day she turned in a help ticket and waited for a response. About an hour later or so she received an email in reply saying, “We are sorry but there is nothing we can do about it. All your training has been deleted.” Let’s just say Amy’s anxiety went to another level in that moment. 

We can all relate to this.

You have some stress at work…and all you can do is worry about it.
Your kids are going back to school and all you can do is worry about it.
Someone calls and leaves you a message they want to meet or your boss sends you an email and wants to meet in the morning and all you can do is…

It is a vicious cycle…It steals our joy because it consumes our thoughts.

Joy is won or lost in our thoughts.

Paul understood this when he wrote…Don’t worry about anything – Philippians 4:6. 

To have joy in our thinking we must confront our worry. 

What do you do when you worry too much?  You have to confront your worry.

I mean let’s be honest with each other for a moment. We all struggle with it to some degree or another. I am guilty of it. Amy is guilty of it. And guess what? So are you!

Our number one response is to say,  “Don’t worry about it.” However, that does not help the situation. In fact, most of the time it just makes me worry about it even more. 

We need a better answer than just telling ourselves not to worry. We need a practical way to attack worry. Prayer is that practical means for attacking and defeating it.

A life without prayer is a life without joy. 

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Pause and attack the worry in your life. Pause and pray. Before you do anything else in your day stop and talk to God about your anxiety.

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It is not until we pray that we experience God’s peace. 

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