Recovering Worry Wart...

Do you worry?  Do you fear for the unknown, the other shoe dropping, the dark that lays ahead?  I am a recovering worry wart and come from a long line of them.  We worry about everything from what shirt I will wear to if that person will be healed.  There is a lot to spend time worrying over.  But what does God think about worrying? 

One of the first verses I ever memorized was Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
After reading that I bet you are thinking, Erin has gone bananas - really worry about nothing?  HOW?  Well to be honest, I still worry but not like I used to because I have put this very verse into practice.  There is a promise to claim.  In every area of your life, if you have a worry to worry, instead of worry - PRAY.  Really?  that is the best advice you have Erin - pray!  Yep!  Pray....
When your mind begins to wander with worry and you are concious of it, start to pray.  It doesn't even have to be the big stuff.  God wants to hear all of our thoughts and concerns, He knows them already.  So let me give you an example.  Just the other day, Vera was fussy, I mean REALLY fussy.  To the point, I was "worrying".  Okay so once I realized I was worrying, I started to pray.  Beyond calling the doctor, giving her some medicine and consoling her - there was not more I could do.  I am not saying I don't do the above things, I do, but in the meantime while I wait for her to feel better, I ask God to take care of her.   And low and behold my anxiety turned to peace...
Because we worry about all things, here is another example on my brain right now.  My mom is just about finished with radiation and I know we all fear the cancer "could" come back but if I sit and worry about it, will it change the future?  Nope - so what have I decided to do?  Earnestly pray for my mom to remain in remission for the rest of her life.  God's will will be done and I have to trust His plan is best.   
There's a truth to be told - no matter how much worrying you do - it will not change the outcome!  Now, if you turn those worries into prayers, God hears us.  How do I know, below you will find just 3 of the many, many examples of God's promise to hear our prayers in His word.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry.
Psalm 34:15
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17
We can trust God's word to be steadfast and true.  So if He says it, He means it.  So next time you find yourself worrying, turn your worry into a prayer and God will meet you right where you need him.  I will leave you with a few more promises I hold on to....

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous hand.
Isaiah 41:10
Cast all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Remember nothing is too small or too big for God.  His vastness and authority surpasses our understanding and so does his deep love for us.  He can take all your burdens and when you give them to him in prayer, you will find the peace in your circumstances that can only come from Him.
Now get out there and stop worrying, live life with the freedom that God is in control!  And when tempted to worry....just pray!