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How to Get More Results with Less Worry

How was your holiday season?  Was Christmas full of worry?  Did you ring in the new year worrying about something?

Would you like to see results without having to worry through life? 

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The secret is simple.

Stop worrying.

Worrying will not, in any capacity, change the outcome of your situation nor will it make God’s will clearer or make answers and results come faster.

Worry is letting the enemy take your imagination down a negative path.

What do we do instead of worrying?  We stand strong in faith.  Believing the one who is faithful and when we feel week we cry out to Him.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
~ Hebrews 10:23 NIV

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
~Mark 9:24 ESV

The truth is, when we worry less we open ourselves up to receive the results the Lord planned and intended us to receive.  We can fully enjoy the results without the stress and anxiety of worry.

I have learned, the hard way not to worry.   I used to worry that my husband would cheat on me or die.  I used to worry that something bad would happen to us.  Now, worry wants to creep back in over finances and our son’s future and especially the path this country is on.  The thing is, worry is not going to change any of these situations.

I’ve heard the lie of worry packaged neatly in a box called “responsibility” but that is a lie.  Worry is not being responsible.  Being responsible is being responsible.  Worry is giving too much credit to the enemy and not enough to God.

I thought you said I’d get more results?

I did.

You will.

You see, when you change your focus and stop worrying you can see clearly.  When you can see clearly you will notice what God is up to.  You will start to see the glass half full instead of always empty or worse, broken into a thousand pieces.

As I began to train myself to worry less about things and trust God with the things I can’t control (EVERYTHING) I began to realize life was going to happen no matter if I worried or not.  I found that praying was a whole lot more effective than worrying.  Did the outcomes always change for my benefit? Sure they did! It might not have been the outcome I would have picked by remember what we are told in Romans :

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 
~ Romans 8:28

Did I want to live for eleven months in a camper?  Um, no. Not exactly on my bucket list but you know what, there was nothing, absolutely nothing I could do about that.  I could not sit for eleven months and worry when we’d move out, when we’d be in a house, when,when, when.  But through all that mess we went through we have a wonderful testimony of God’s love and provision.

The check you are waiting on won’t get here any faster if you worry.

The test results aren’t going to be any better if you stay up all night worrying about them.

Rather than worry, begin to pray and you will see results.  They aren’t going to be the results the world talks to you about when they say “do this and get that.” No, these will be heart-changing results and perspective changing results.

I encourage you to read more about worry in The Fret Files Series.  There we explore what worry is, the mess it can cause and the biblical solution to worry.  Also, this book is a good resource on casting your cares.

What area of life do you find it the easiest to fall into worry over?  Do you have a scripture or reference you can use to combat the lie of the enemy in that area?

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. Honestly. I think I need to print it out and tape it on the wall right here! I worry allll the time. I know it hinders instead of helping, but I still do it. Ugh. I need to stop!

    • Brittany, I was there. I really did worry constantly about things that I had no control over. Start by asking the Lord to help you recognize the moment you enter worry. Then, stop it! It sounds simple but I know it isn’t. I have literally said out loud “No, I am not thinking about xyz,” or “No, I am not going to worry about this!” This is the first step in taking those thoughts captive.

      • Or instead of trying not to think about it (remember that old saying about trying to not think about elephants?), quoting Scripture works really well too. (See, I know what to do, I just need to do it!)

        I just googled “Scripture about worry” and got a crazy long list here: http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/2012/02/50-scripture-verses-on-worrying/.

        16.I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

        17.They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:7 NIV

        20.Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7 NIV

        26.When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NIV

        27.Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut 31:6 NIV

        29.What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV ***LOVE this one!

  2. Great word! We spend so much time in worry! Time we will NEVER get back! We are responsible for our time. Lord, help us to spend our time in prayer and with you rather than spending the precious time that you have given us, worrying!

  3. I worry too much about everything. I am the primary wage earner since my husband was injured on the job years ago and, if I wake up in the middle of the night, my brain will turn on and I will start worrying about money, bills, time, etc. Thank you for posting this. I needed to read it.

    • Terran I used to do the same thing. I had to intentionally speak to myself to stop. And at night I’d start to sing and sometimes pray just so I didn’t end up in worry mode. I’m glad the post was helpful thanks for commenting!

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