Winning the War With Worry

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I’ve battled anxiety my whole life. Can you relate? When my kids were little I worried that they would be bullied in school, or that they would get kidnapped, or that they would not do well in school. As they got older, I worried about their driving. With reason, almost all of them got in some type of fender bender within six months of getting their licenses.

 

I didn’t just worry about my kids. I had other worries too; finances, health, and ministry worries just to name a few.

 

Here’s the thing, worry robs us of peace and productivity. But worry doesn’t just “go away”. I’ve probably heard a million sermons on, Philippians 4:6. Some were good. Some were terrible. Rarely did anyone have suggestions on what to do with all those worries. Often I heard, “Worry is sin”. I remember thinking, “Great. I struggle with anxiety and now I’m worried that I’m sinning.” I didn’t want to simply “deny” my worry so that I could look like a better Christian. I wanted to be authentic. But, I needed a battle plan because worry was robbing me of peace.

 

Here’s the battle plan I developed. Panic to Praise. When I combined prayer, scripture and praise, my worries and fears calmed down. As a result, I became more peaceful and more productive. Here are some prayers of praise you can try this week to help quiet your worries:

 

When dealing with worry about your kids

 

Father, You know how I am struggling with worry for __________________. (Put your child’s name in the blank.) You know my concerns and cares. Lord, You invite me to trust You with all my heart (Proverbs 3:6). God, I bring before You these specific needs in his life. ________________________________________________________________ I praise You that You love him more than I do. Protect him with Your love. Hide him in the shadow of Your wings. (Psalm 91:1) I praise You that You will never stop pursuing his heart no matter how far he wanders.

 

When dealing with worry over financial concerns

 

Holy One, I praise You! You promise me that You will provide for all my needs out of your vast resources. (Philippians 4:19)   You understand how anxious I feel over the financial pressures I’m facing and yet You invite me to trust You to provide. Lord Jesus, You are my provider, my protection, and my Prince of Peace. Thank You that I can trust you?

 

In addition to these prayers, I find listening to music helps. One of my favorites is “I Will Look Up” by Elevation Worship.

 

This week when worries come, turn your panic into praise.

 

Leave a comment and let me know how do you deal with worry. I’ll be choosing one winner this week to win a free book. You can choose from The 30 Day Praise Challenge, The 30 Day Praise Challenge For Parents, Rewriting Your Emotional Script, or Freedom From Performing. But, you must leave a comment to be entered to win!~

 

 

10 Responses

  1. Colleen
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    Thanks for your helpful post and model prayers. I struggle with anxiety, too. Love your books about praising God. Used one of them in a small group at my church.

    • BeckyHarling
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      HI Colleen, You’re the winner of the blog post on worry! Email me and let me know which book you’d like and I’ll get that in the mail to you! becky@beckyharling.com

      Blessings to you!
      Becky

    • BeckyHarling
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      Colleen, Don’t forget to email me your address so I can put your book in the mail. Please email me at becky@beckyharling.com

  2. BeckyHarling
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    Thanks Colleen!! Blessings to you!

  3. Becca
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    Thanks so much for an encouraging and practical post about anxiety! So nice to hear authentically from someone else who has been there!

    • BeckyHarling
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      Thanks, Becca! We need each other don’t we. Blessings as you battle your worries…praying for you!

  4. Jo
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    I have been diagnosed with severe anxiety and PTSD… It is amazing to know I am not the only one. Thank you for openly sharing. I deal with my worry through therapy, prayer, and 1Peter 4:12-13.

    • BeckyHarling
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      Thanks for your transparency, Jo! I know with God’s help we can win the battle!~ Cheering for you! Becky

  5. Christie
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    Thank you for your transparency! I have battled anxiety and worry for so long. Your books have helped me. Whenever I hear the enemy in my ear filling me with doubt and lies I listen to Hillsong, Crowder, Ren Collective… It helps me to tune out the lies. It literally turns the “panic into praise”

    • BeckyHarling
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      Thanks, Christie!
      I love listening to those groups as well….they help me lift my eyes off my worry and onto God!~

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