You can pray or you can worry but you can’t do both. Vicki
Although people often say there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible, technically it’s not true. In the King James Version, fear is spoken of over 500 times. If we expand our search to verses that encourage us not to worry or not to be anxious, it would be many, many more.
Fear, which frequently manifests into worry and stress, is not only contrary to faith but it can cause physical harm. Here are five tips to help you kick the worry habit:
- Set aside designated “worry time” — set a timer, consider what’s bothering you then move on when your time is up.
- Write down your worries then mark those over which you have control. Erase the rest.
- Spend less time online surfing the bad news.
- Have faith that _____________ (fill in the blank) will move forward even if you stop worrying about it/them.
- Stop procrastinating and take care of those things you’re worrying about that are within your scope of control.
Affirmation: I can kick the worry habit.
Coaching questions: What’s on your worry list? Which of the above tips speaks to you? Which one will you implement today?