It may start as a small concern. It might not even warrant a second thought, but your mind perpetuates the issue into an escalating problem. Mulling it over and over, it turns to fret which quickly corrodes your thoughts and feelings until it morphs into the onslaught of worry. You're held captive by the tormenting thoughts and overwhelming panic. Anxiety has set in and it sweeps over you as you lose all hope of calm.
The fact that you're alive today is proof positive that God has something for you to do...but worrying isn't on that "to do" list!
"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for your good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
You cannot add a single moment to your life by worrying (Luke 12:25). Rather, moments of worry start to strip away the moments planned for purpose. Whatever you're facing, you can place your hand over your beating heart and be reminded that He has a plan for you and your life. That beating heart exists inside a person He has uniquely fashioned, planning each and every day of your life before one of them even came to fruition. With the inhale and exhale of each breath, He is giving you an opportunity to fulfill His purpose for your life. Truly, you are alive for a reason that He planned long before you even made your entrance on this earth.
The prescription for worry is prayer. Let praises shape your concerns into prayer as you lift your requests to God. The anxiety will be replaced by His wholeness filling you and calming your spirit. As He works in you, He is also at work around you, bringing everything to perfection that concerns you. When He replaces worry in your life, you're left with is a sense of His presence that brings peace and joy, no matter what you're facing.
Don't worry. Trust Jesus. Turn anxious thoughts into prayers. Find purpose in Him and His plan for your life. As the message says in Philippians 4:7, "It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."