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Stopping Worry Now

Worry is EVERYWHERE today and it’s making you sick. It’s making me sick.

Since worry is bad, why engage in it? You and I can stop worrying now. You and I cannot change tomorrow today. We cannot change today by worrying.

Plus God said, “Do not worry.”

When I Worry. . .

Here’s what happens to me when I worry:

1. I feel stress in my body. My neck, my back, my head. Almost anything can bring on my worry-stress. Kids, housework, husband, work. . .my attitude.

2. I eat poorly. No Ding-Dongs for din-din. But less fruit and LOTS of chocolate and skipped meals.

3. I skip exercise. Hey, why not? It gives me more time to ruminate on my worries. Ha!

So How Do You and I Stop Worrying?

Simply, FOCUS. Be as intent as the cat in the photo above. Focus on Jesus and his love. Focus on God and his greatness and protection and care.

Stop focusing on yourself. Be other-centered. Be God-centered.

With a new focus, right now decide one thing you can do — yes, action! — that helps someone. I’ll start with a few ideas and I’d love to hear yours. Leave your idea in COMMENTS below:

Write a thank you note and mail it.

Help your child with a school project.

Phone a family member or friend and ask about her life.

Take a walk.

THINK ON IT: How does helping someone squash worry?

Here’s Hoping!

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About Lucy

Lucy Ann Moll counsels hope to the heart. A certified biblical counselor and seminary graduate in Pastoral Care, she counsels women, couples, and families in person and by Skype. Lucy also speaks to groups, blogs, and writes books as well as practical resources. She and her family (and a frisky feline named Polly) make their home in in northern Illinois on the edge of a cornfield.


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2 Responses to Stopping Worry Now

  1. Kc Hutter January 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Thank you for the tips on how to stop worry. We all know that not one day can be added to your lives by worry. My secret when something overwhelms me at home: put on a christian c.d. and rest with my eyes closed…focusing only on the music of God or words spoken.

    • Lucy Ann Moll January 28, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      You’re welcome, Kc. For me, music helps A LOT. I also need to recognize I’m worrying. This is the toughest part for me. When worry becomes a habit, we often do not even know we’re doing it. Once I recognize I worry, I repent. I choose to turn away from the worry — since as you say, not one day can be added to one’s life by worry — and choose to trust God with my situation. Sometimes I need to repent over and over when I sink back into worry. Only by God’s grace do we find freedom from worry.

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