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War on Worry (Anxiety-Free Monday, Week #9)

Soooo… What are YOU worried about?

Seriously. What was your first thought? Finances? Family? Job? Relationships? Or *perhaps* you were one of the few folks who’s first thought was “Nothing.” (If that is you, congrats. Feel free to skip today’s post. Just kidding. You are already here. Might as well read on right?)

But if you are like the rest of us in the world, you had some initial heart-thudding answer to the “worry” question. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been a worrier. However… God has called us to fight it.

We are at war… At war with worry.

If you have been around 7 Days Time for a while, you remember that for lent this year, God actually called me to give up worrying. (Check out the full post “Removal of the Worrywart” here.) At the time I thought it was a little bizarre (and not to mention extremely challenging!) but it was cool to see how God worked through that when all was said and done. (See “Joy in the Mourning” lent conclusion post here.)

See, God had me act tangibly on my worries… Each time one sprung up in my heart, I would write it down and put it in a bowl at the foot of a small cross in my living room. Then I would write a “Faith Statement” to counteract that worry. When lent concluded, I took the bowl of worries and set them on fire. (Oh, burn baby BURN!!)

Over the last several months, God has continued to do work in this area in my life– especially through our online bible study “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow. This week’s chapter was one of my favs: “Worry is like a rocking chair.”

Perhaps you have heard the quote: “Worry is like a rocking chair– it gives us something to do but gets us nowhere.”

Story. Of. My. Life. BOOM.

Worry is the opposite of faith. It’s true. And so many times we try to disguise “worry” as “being prepared.” Whenever my husband asks me (lovingly) but bluntly, “Wife, what are you worried about?!?” my answer usually sounds like this…

“Uh… Nothing, sweetheart… I’m just… thinking.”

Ha. What a load of bologna! When we worry, we are saying “God can’t.” We all know that God CAN do anything, so obviously worry isn’t a legit step in our walk with Christ. Plus, most of our “worries” deal with things we have NO control over.

Worry or Prayer

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God is calling us to wage war on worry. One of the exercises in this chapter was to determine What we are worried about, create an Action statement and then Relinquish it to God. (Get it? W-A-R?)

So… Let’s revisit our question. What are you worried about? What action can you take against it? How can you relinquish it God?

This week, let’s take the challenge to do something tangible to banish worries in our life… Perhaps it is writing them down and laying them at the cross. Or burning them. Or wearing a piece of jewelry that reminds you GOD CAN. Or praying about it in a new fresh way. Anything Gods as long as we are going after Jesus!

Feel free to share your thoughts, comments and any prayer requests below in the comment section.

Pray on it. Bring it to God and remember that worry is the opposite of Faith. We are going to war… So who’s side are you on?

Worries Be Gone,
SGK

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”  ~Matthew 6:27

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If you are “officially” participating in our Bible study, here is this week’s homework. (Note: We are doing TWO chapters this week, chapters 9 AND 10.)  Happy transforming!

Chapter 9: 
Day 1- Study Guide: Question 1, memorize and meditate on Hebrews 11:1., Questions 2, 3.

Day 2- Study Guide: Questions 4,a. b., Question 5

Day 3- Study Guide: Questions 6, 7

Day 4- Study Guide: Questions 8, 9

Day 5- Study Guide: Questions 10, 11

***Extra***

Word Study:  Hebrews 11: 1
Faith; Substance or sure of what; Hope; Evidence or certain of what; Seen

Chapter 10:
Day 1~Study Guide: Question 1, memorize and meditate on Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8.  Don’t miss this one! Question 2

Day 2~Study Guide:Questions 3, 4

Day 3~Study Guide: Questions 5, 6

Day 4~Study Guide: Questions 7. a, b., Question 8

Day 5~Study Guide: Questions 9, 10

***Extra***

Word Study:  Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8
Blessed; trusts; confidence; fear ; heat; has no worries; drought; bear; fruit

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The Choice (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk 3)

Hmmm… Coke or Pepsi? Tennis shoes or boots? Salad or Big Mac?

We make thousands of choices a day. I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but seriously– just think about it. From the moment we wake up, our brain is buzzing, making decisions before our feet even hit the floor. (Even the action of getting out of bed is a choice!)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with all the choices that whack me in the face each day. Sure, I love having control (which is an entirely separate issue) but some days I halfway wish someone would just make the choice for me.

Especially the difficult ones.

That’s right– not all of our choices are as easy as what we will wear or if we will go to the gym after work or not. There’s some tough choices out there… like what career to pursue, where to live, who to marry (or to get married at all), or who/what will be the center of our lives.

Questions

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With freedom can come choice… and with choice can come anxiety.

But did you know that we can make a choice NOT to be anxious and instead be content? I know, I know, we gotta chalk that one up in the “easier said than done” category. But it IS possible.

Paul says in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Um, yeah… Great idea, Paul. But HOW in the name of Jesus do we make that happen?

We do just that– simply whispering Jesus’ name is a great place to start.

We must CHOOSE to pray instead of worry. It’s a choice we can make with each thought, no matter how big or small our challenge or circumstance might be.

In Linda Dillow’s book “Calm My Anxious Heart,” she addresses this very question with four of Paul’s basic practice principles to CHOOSING God over our worrisome inclinations:

*Choosing to give our anxieties to God
*Choosing to pray specifically
*Choosing to be thankful
*Choosing to dwell on the positive

It’s a choice. Daily. Hourly. Minute-by-minute. It’s not going to happen over night, (darn!) but as with all things that God calls us to do, He doesn’t expect us to do it alone.

Ultimately, we have to CHOOSE God over ourselves. See, our flesh loves to have control and when things don’t go OUR way, we tend to worry or get upset. Instead, we can make the choice to trust God with EVERYTHING in our lives. When we do, He will help us to calm our anxious hearts and find contentment in Him alone.

So I have a couple of questions for you today:
1. What is the biggest barrier to choosing to pray instead of defaulting to being anxious?
2. What practical things can you do to choose prayer over worry?

I always love hearing your thoughts– leave a comment below! 🙂

They say it takes (at least) 21 days to change a habit. What if, for the next 21 days, each time our heart flops and a worry bubbles up, we mentally STOP… And pray it away? After awhile, we wouldn’t just have a new habit– But God would have transformed our heart.

Choosing prayer over worry can be one of the best choices we will ever make. So what will you choose?

Choosing Him First,
SGK

“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 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 (MSG) 

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If you are “officially” participating in our online bible study for Calm My Anxious Heart, here is Chapter 3’s “homework” for the upcoming week. Enjoy! 

Day 1: Study Guide– Question 1, Memorize Psalm 139:14

Day 2: Study Guide– Question 2, 3, 4, 5

Day 3: Study Guide– Question 6, 7, 8 a.,b.

Day 4: Study Guide–Question 9a,b, 10

Day 5: Study Guide– Question 12

***Extra (as in, you don’t have to do it– but if you are into it, go for it!***

Word Study:  Psalm 139:14 (Remember Old Testament is written in Hebrew)
Fearfully; Wonderfully; Made; Works; Wonderful; Know

Word Study:  Phil. 1:6
Confident; Began; Work; Completion

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So long, Anxious Heart

I scan my list… Do I have everything? What if I forget something? I swallow the lump that is growing in my throat. My heart starts to beat faster. I glance down at my watch… Should I leave now? Or do I have more time?

If you have been hanging out with me here at 7 Days Time for a while, you have figured out that I am something of a worrywart. Honestly, it is super annoying and exhausting. Fortunately, God has used 2012 (and a majority of my adult life) to slowly but surely start weaning me from worrying. But he’s not done yet.

I’ve always heard that worry is like a rocking chair– it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere. (Can I get an amen?!?!) And let’s not forget to mention that worrying is a sin… Every time we let our mind/heart melt into that puddle of anxiety, it is like we are saying that God isn’t enough and we don’t REALLY trust His plan for us.

Just the other day, I was pouring out my heart to my sweet husband about my current worries that I was battling: Health, family, finances, army life, future etc. And that wonderful man spoke some much-needed (but kinda difficult) truth into my life:

“Sharita… there are ALWAYS going to be things we CAN worry about. But we have a choice… We can choose to worry or choose to simply TRUST GOD.”

Sigh. I don’t know about you, but I have a long way to go…

But here’s the awesome and encouraging news: We don’t have to go alone. God has given us tools and community to combat this issue in our life.

Which leads to my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for today. Ready? I hope you are sitting down…

If you are a worrier, know a worrier, have been a worrier, worry that you might become a worrier (ha!) or anything of the sort, I invite you to come on a journey– a journey to calm our anxious hearts.

Eternal Youth

I don’t know about you… but I could definitely use a makeover.
(Source: Jan Tik @ Flickr)

Starting September 9, my friend/boss/mentor Kelli Wommack and I will be offering a bible study called “Calm My Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow on Sunday nights from 5 – 6:30 pm at Christ Community Church in Columbus, GA for those of you who are local and can attend.

For those of you who aren’t local (which I know is a majority of my audience,) beginning September 10, we will be offering this study via online right here at 7 Days Time and on Facebook! WHOOT! Cool, huh? So whether you are local or in South America, you can participate! We are super excited about this and will be giving more details very soon. So if you are interested in either the Sunday night study or the online study, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Oh, and please share this with your friends if you think they might be interested!

I have a sneaky suspicion that this could change ALL of our lives. I’m not even kidding. I’m stoked. And hope you are too!

I feel incredibly blessed that God has placed this opportunity for us to trade our anxiety for trust– together, as a community, both online and in person. Please, if this study sounds like something God has brought across your path for a reason, don’t be shy– jump aboard and let’s prepare to let God transform our hearts and minds. Again, leave a comment below so I can get you signed up 🙂

It’s time my friends… Time to say “So long, anxious heart.”  Who’s with me?

Goodbye worries, Hello Trust,
SGK

“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 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 (MSG) 

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