We all have worries. Some people have more than others, and some days individually we have greater worries than other days. We also get caught up in the noisy worries over little things we can’t control or that don’t really matter. How do you make it through your day and manage your worries appropriately?

Psalm 34:19 tells us, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;…” Taking our worries to God means everything doesn’t fall on our shoulders. God is there to help guide us through the biggest of our worries. Psalm 9:9 states, “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” What a great feeling to know that how big or small, God is there to share our thoughts, prayers, hopes and even worries. Praise God who provides wisdom and knowledge and allows us to work through our worries. We all know that by sharing our concerns, we feel better afterwards and some of our burden is lifted, even if just temporarily. By taking our worries to God, we’re assured our concerns have been heard. From Isaiah 30:18, “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

One way to reduce our worries is to reach out and help others. By joyfully doing so, we refocus our energy on the task at hand and give ourselves a break from our worries. We also add benefit to someone else’s lives. We can be a blessing for others, which in turn provides a healing touch to our hearts. From Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Through helping others, we many times realize our worries are pretty insignificant in comparison to theirs.

I encourage you to handle your worries in the following ways:

  • Lift up your worries to God in prayer. 
  • Ask yourself if you’re getting caught up with noisy worries, and if so realize they’re not worth your time and ignore them. 
  • If your worry is a real problem, address it. 
  • Do something just for you today. You are God’s child and He loves you always
  • Be a blessing to others and refocus your worries. 
  • Smile , even the smallest of smiles makes your worries a little easier to handle, and helps relieve your stress.

I wish you a worry-free day today and remember tomorrow is National Go Big Red day, I mean, National Wear Red day, to show awareness for heart disease.

Wendy Saathoff

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