By KATE WALSH SOUCHERAY
Do you ever get frustrated or worried about something that is not going right in your life? Sometimes, it can seem like all we do is worry and feel frustration. But this Scripture passage reminds us that our worry is unnecessary, for whatever we are worried about will take care of itself.
So what do we do when we have worry that just won’t seem to stop or go away, no matter how many prayers we say? There are a few steps you can take to reduce worry and feel happier. In fact, when you stop worrying, you might wonder what’s wrong, because you feel so good and you’re not used to that.
To begin, start each day with a prayer asking God to watch over you and protect you. Ask Him to place a hedge of protection around you and to shield you from any harm. Then when you feel the familiar nudge of worry, stop and recognize it for what it is – an old pattern of thinking – and remind yourself that God has promised to hear every prayer we pray and to answer us. Ask Him to reassure you that all will be well and that you can leave your concern with Him for safekeeping and resolution.
But if you think your worry may be anxiety, then it may be time to seek help, as anxiety can lead to depression, which can cause us harm. If you are at work and you feel comfortable going to your Human Resources Department for assistance, seek help there. If you are at home with kids, or you’re not working, and you’re not sure where to turn, call your church and talk to your pastor. He or she usually has a list of resources they can give you to find the help you need.
Don’t wait. Give your concern to God, and if the problem persists or gets worse, be sure to reach out to someone for help. That is God answering your prayer, too.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.