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Worry Wart and how God Helps us Stress Less

Hello, my name is Jenna and I used to be a compulsive worry wart. I am pretty sure that my middle  could have and should have been “Worry”. Or stressed. Or anxious. I used to stress out and worry about everything, some big things, some small things. I would have a conversation with someone and immediately ask Brandon “do you think that went ok? Was I awkward or weird?” and I would worry about that conversation.

I have always been a worrier. I remember in kindergarten crying because I would be worried no one would come pick me up from school. I remember worrying about which Bonnebell lip gloss to wear, if I had cool enough clothes. I remember worrying about getting asked to dances or passing tests. When I got to college I remember being stressed out about having to work full time and go to school full time, how to afford summer school. I got married and had babies and suddenly my anxiety and worries turned bigger…I had three people that depended upon me.

Even to this day worry, anxiety, and stress can easily paralyze me. Here are some ways I combat those feelings…

The first bible verse I remember memorizing was Philippians 4:6-7…it changed my life and became one of my life verses.

French Press Mornings - Philippians 4:6-7 "...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

…PRAY…

The first thing I do when I feel worried, anxious, or stressed out is to pray about it. I hand it over to God. I know worry is unreasonable. Worry doesn’t work, either you can change it (the situation) or you can’t. If it’s worth worrying about, it’s worth praying about. I also stopped talking to myself or trying to control the situation and talk to God about everything. God loves us and wants us to give us all of our anxieties, stresses and worries.

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…THANKFUL…

Finding the good in a situation and being thankful also helps relieve stress. Thank God in all things…always be thankful!

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…POSITIVE THOUGHTS…

Thinking positive thoughts is also a game changer. We might not be able to have control of situations but we can control our minds and what we think about. The stress is in my mind. If we want peace of mind, we have to control what goes in. Talking with people you are closest to is a great way to get a positive perspective. Be careful though, I know some friends who are negative and others who will lift me up so I try really hard to consult the people who I know are going to fill me with positive.

I love this verse. My mom always used to quote it to me when I had nightmares as a little girl. :)

…BE CONTENT…

This is so hard for me. I have to focus on being content with what I have. I have to stop playing the comparison game. God made me, God loves me. God made you, God loves you. I try to admire without having to acquire!

Lead Me| Job 22:21Worry, anxiety, and stress will all be missals that Satan tries to throw my way. He knows my weakness. He knows where to get me. Knowing that God is good and works for my good, as well as knowing that he has a plan for me and that all good things come from Him helps alleviate worry. I try to focus on these simple truths each day, sometimes several times a day. Are you a worrier? How do you ease your worries?

-Jenna

8 thoughts on “Worry Wart and how God Helps us Stress Less

    1. It is so hard sometimes to just let it go and “see” what will happen. I struggle with being still sometimes. But praying is always my biggest help!

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  1. Yes yes yes to all of this. I heard the other day that worrying is like praying for things we don’t want. That struck a cord with me!!! I love this so much Jenna, we would get along so well if we could hang out 😉

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    1. YES! I have heard that too about worrying. I have also heard that it can be an “active form of atheism” because we are not trusting or showing faith. That one always sticks with me as well…and sometimes causes me to worry more about that because AHHH! 😉 Good thing God is in control of that and knows where my heart it!

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