5 ways to cancel worry and fear

I used to worry a lot.
 
Will the kids get in an accident?
 
Will I have enough money to pay the bills?
 
What if the kids’ financial aid doesn’t come through?
 
What if I don’t make it through surgery #____?
 
What if . . . what if . . . what if . . .?
 
The list seemed endless until I I started doing these five things:
 
1. Reading the Bible daily. I can’t remember the year I started reading through the Bible every year. My friend June and I started a program together and held each other accountable. Now I’m administering a Facebook group called Bible Girls 2019. Right now we’re almost all the way through Leviticus. Yes, we are surviving Leviticus and will also survive Numbers. You are welcome to join in–just leave me a note below.
 
2. Memorizing key verses. When fear or worry start knocking on my door, I speak Truth aloud:
– “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” –Phil. 4:13
– “With man this is impossible but all things are possible with God.” –Matt. 19:26
 
3. Praying aloud. I will pray out loud something like this: “Lord God, I am your child and in the name of Jesus Christ, who conquered sin and death, I ask you to cancel the effect of fear and worry in my life.”
 
4. Giving thanks. I remember God’s faithfulness in my life and in the lives of those I love. Then I thank him for each thing and tell him I will trust him for whatever will come.
 
5. Doing the next thing. Just as the Israelites had to step into the Red Sea for it to part, I need to do the next right thing–to live my life as God directs me. We can HAVE faith but we need to DEMONSTRATE trust. Faith says, “I believe in you, God.” Trust does.
 
Read. Memorize. Pray. Give thanks. Do.
 
Hoping you also are praying today, “Thank you for your faithfulness, God.”
 
Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event.
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2 Responses to “5 ways to cancel worry and fear

  • Good advice!

    Matthew 6:34 is one I turn to a lot. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    And, since I struggle with speaking up, I take encouragement from Luke 12:11-12. “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

    • Janet Holm McHenry
      3 months ago

      Thank you so much for these verses, Elizabeth! My dad used to refer to and live out “do not worry about tomorrow.” And I remember him saying, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” That often has helped me bring perspective to the matter as well. Good counsel!

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