Victory Over Anxiety
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Chapter three of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World deals with worry. We all worry and I am not going to bore you with my laundry list of worrisome topics. I like that Weaver ends this chapter with some tools to help overcome worry. She doesn’t say, “worrying is bad and unproductive so stop it!” She gives some practical applications based on Paul’s words in Philippians.
First, she tells us to turn our anxious thoughts into prayers. No matter how small the worry, it is never too small for God. Sometimes I think that I am worrying about something far too silly to bother God with, but I need to change my thinking because all my concerns can be brought to God.
My oldest daughter is in fourth grade and sometimes I worry about the friendships she is building at her new school and how she will handle the meanness that sometimes comes out in girls at that age. She is younger than most of the kids in her class and she was homeschooled for the last two years, so this year has been a big adjustment for her. However, if I am going to follow Paul’s advice I need to change my train of thought. On days that I a start to worry about her, I should turn my worry into a prayer. “Lord, give my daughter the wisdom to build good friendships.” The next step is to praise God and give him thanks when my daughter comes home glowing about the fun day she had at school.
This is one simple example of turning worry over to God, but it is easy to see how this can apply to so many areas of my hectic life. By turning worries, big and small, into prayers our focus turns to God. This reminds me of the verse in 1 Thessalonians that tells us to “pray without ceasing”. I have always wondered how that is truly possible, but I think this is a step in the right direction.
Posted on January 20, 2012, in Book Club and tagged Anxiety, Books, Faith, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, joanna weaver, Mary and Martha, Religion, Worry. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.