Living Every Day with God
Do you worry?
I am a recovering worrier! I’ve gone through periods in my life where the worry was minimal and I’ve been in periods where the worry was debilitating. It was during a time when worry consumed me that I reached out to God and literally spoke the words, “save me.” Some days I felt paralyzed by the worry to the point of wanting to stay in bed.
When I look back now from a more peaceful perspective, worry for me meant action. I didn’t know how to “fix” the situation I was in or “control” others so I would worry about outcomes; worry about what people thought; worry about the future…worry meant I was at least doing something. Little did I know that all I was doing was compromising my health, my peace, my capacity to give and receive love and my joy.
Given my experience in the health and wellness industry for the past 25 years as well as my own personal story, I can say with confidence that worry wreaks havoc with your physical health. Insomnia; weight gain; high blood pressure; poor eating; muscle tension and headaches are just some of the physical symptoms of worry. As I write this, I’m rehabbing myself from the results of worry. As I’m typing, my eye is twitching. It’s an indicator that I’ve let my body suffer in the flight or fight response mode (from worry) for far too long and my hormonal system is in an over re-active state.
For me personally the road to releasing worry has not been easy and hasn’t gone smoothly. However, turning to God for help has been instrumental to feeling the peace that I do today. The funny thing about worry is that worrying about something today actually causes you to suffer tomorrow. The worry of yesterday is what I’m dealing with physically today. When my physical symptoms began earlier this year, I knew I was in trouble. My body has crashed before from worry. Years back I fell to exhaustion and gained about 40 pounds. Literally overnight. I was eating clean and working out and yet each week the scale was going up. It took multiple doctors to figure out what was wrong and then finally the fourth doctor I went to had recognized the symptoms of what the stress of worry does to the body. His advice was to slow down; pause; breathe and relax more. So when the symptoms slowly creeped back in earlier this year, I knew right away that my old friend worry was wreaking havoc again. This time was different though, I asked God for help to heal me and to carry my burdens.
How did God help me get rid of worry?
First, you have to trust God.
Daniel 6:23 AMP “Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel should be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to and trusted in) his God.”
Psalm 31:14 AMP “But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God.”
Trusting took me back to my days of being in corporate America when we would go away for a weekend event of team building fun. The exercises were designed to build trust within the team. Sometimes we had to fall back into each other’s arms while blindfolded; or climb these crazy high towers blindfolded (we were strapped in!) with only relying on the direction of our teammates coaching us through to the top. When I thought about trusting God, I thought about these exercises. I started reflecting on times in my life when I asked God to catch me and He did. I thought about times I asked God to guide me on the right path and He did. I started to write down these testimonies and now I keep a journal of my God stories. When my trust in God waivers (I’m flesh and it does!) I reflect on my journal entries and I’m quickly reminded to trust God. I invite you to take some time and start a trust journal of your own. Write down the moments you recall where God had a hand in your life.
A prayer I often use: Father, I admit that I often forget that you are there to catch me, guide me and you said you will never forsake me. Please forgive me for my forgetfulness. I pray that you will help me to cast my cares and burdens of worry upon you so that I may go free to live in love, peace and joy. I ask that you help me to trust you in taking care of all my needs. Help me to trust you and rid myself of worry. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen
Pour yourself into God’s Word. If you know God then you’ll know his promises. Knowing what He has promised us will help you get to know God and to build your trust in Him.
I remember when we were doing our team building exercises, throughout the weekend together we would take time out to get to know each other. We would share personal stories about ourselves and our families. As we got to know each other, the trust deepened. At the start of the weekend, falling backwards into my co-worker’s arms caused angst and stress. It all changed though after I got to know everyone on a deeper level. By the end of the weekend, I felt confident and fearless (trusting!) when they had to catch me once again.
Joshua 1:9 AMP “Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 26:3 AMP “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
If you are worried about something, then turn to Him. Declare Isaiah 26:3 out loud over and over again and ask God to pour His peace over you.
You have to life in the present moment.
I wrote about this in detail last week and it certainly holds true for ridding ourselves of worry. http://jenniferzelop.com/god/everyday-living-with-god-4/
If I’m always focused on what could happen in the future, then there is no way I am in the present moment. This has been revealed to me during the many lacrosse games I have had the privilege of watching. My boys play lacrosse and watching their games is seriously my greatest enjoyment. In my days of worry when I was at a game I didn’t realize how much of life I was missing out on until later in the evening when the boys would ask me to recall multiple highlight moments that happened during their games and I had no idea what they were talking about. It was then I realized I was letting life pass me by. If we are worried about tomorrow, we miss today’s blessings. God will give you the strength you need today. Just ask!
Matthew 6:34 AMP So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day as its own trouble.
1 Peter 5:7 AMP “Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for he cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
Pray: Father, I cast my worries upon you so that I may go free to live in joy and peace for today. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
I pray that you are able to leave worry aside.
Lots of love and peace,