Phillipians 4:6 – “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”
When I say that verse alone has changed my life, I mean it.
I’m one person who used to worry a lot. And by that I don’t just mean worry, I mean worry more than the average person.
I had a lot of fear about a lot of things. The saying ‘the presence of fear is the absence of faith’ was playing in my life. I didn’t have enough faith to believe that God would get me through everything that was stressing me out.
And to be honest it wasn’t like my life was falling apart. I just have the tendency to overstress aboutthings I cannot change.
Below are the things that I did and still actively do to keep my anxiety in check.
1. Ask yourself what is worrying me
You have to sit down and ask yourself what you are really worried about. Make a list if possible. Sometimes like I said above, we stress about things we can fix quickly or things that are insignificant.
Now ask yourself how your life would look like if you didn’t worry about anything, and not stress about things you cannot control.
The peace that comes with that is absolutely incredible.
2. What can you do about the situation.
Do your best and He will do the rest.
A lot of the time we use the above saying as an excuse to be lazy. We read that as “He will do the rest” because we never actually get to a point where we can really say we have done our best.
We do the most mediocre work and expect God to subsidize that so we get the best results. That is not how it works. Do your best, He will meet you halfway.
If for example, your stressor is studying (like it is for me 100% of the time), then do things that will ease your anxiety. Things, like planning ahead and following through with the plan will calm you down.
From there, do not stress about the exam. That is not your part. Once you have done your part, you have to let go and let God.
There are things that are simply out of our control, and those are things you should let God handle. Release the impossible to Him and trust that He will do what He does best.
3. Meditate on the above scripture everyday
I never used to believe in repeating things to yourself enough until you believe them or even writing them down, that was until I followed a bible plan dedicated to Philippians 4:6.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”
The more I read this scripture, the more I believed that God really has it all under control.
It’s one thing to read it, it’s another to believe it, but when you truly embody what you believe then you will see the impact it will have on your life.
I spent about a week reading that verse along with Matthew 6:34 which says “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today”.
The two scriptures helped me remember that even if I worry, it won’t change anything. It will only bring even more worry, resulting in an endless circle of stress.
If you end up taking one thing from this post, it should be this. Meditate on the scripture every day.
It may seem insignificant but as time goes you will begin to believe what you are saying to yourself.
I cannot emphasize enough how important communication with God is.
This should be the first thing you do when you start stressing about something. This alone will turn your life around because God will even guide you on what you should do. No situation is bigger than Him.
Do you have anything you do when you are stressed or worried? Let me know below in the comments. Thank you so much for reading