The Lie that Worry Works by Jennifer Waddle

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The Lie that Worry Works
Series: Prayer Worrier - Turning Every Worry Into Powerful Prayer
Jennifer Waddle
Isaiah 41:10

I used to buy into the idea that if I didn't worry, who would? I believed it was my job to worry; that it would either prevent something bad from happening, or cause something good to happen.

Ever felt that way?

I even told my husband once that if he would worry a little more, I wouldn't have to! (he didn't buy it)

What a terrible lie we have believed. The enemy wants nothing more than for us to cling to anxious living. He knows that when we are caught up in the endless cycle we are not fully trusting God.

But the Bible speaks these truths:

''Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'' (Isaiah 41:10)

''Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

Do not fret-it only causes harm.'' (Psalm 37:1-8)
Three times in the passage above God says, ''Do not fret.''

Fretting is agonizing and constant. It torments us. And the Bible says it causes harm.

Yes, it is perfectly normal for us to be concerned about something or contemplate how to solve a problem. We will have legitimate cares in this life. But ladies, when does genuine concern turn into a fretful, tormented state of mind?

Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, shares this:

''I come from a long line of Swedish worriers.

'Käre mej,' my Grandma Anna used to say over and over. 'Dear me, dear me.'

Too high, too fast. Too much, too little.

With all the potential danger in the world, there seemed to be only one response-worry.

I remember lying in bed at night going over my list of fears. Somehow, as a young teenager, I had determined that the secret for avoiding trouble was to worry about it. In fact, I worried if I forgot to worry about something''

(Find her book here:) ...

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