This approach [hourglass worrying] lets you examine each singular worry, consider it from all angles, think about its impact on your life, see its history and place in your life, and then give it to God. You might find yourself taking it back again, but that’s all right. As long as you continue to deal with just one worry at a time, no matter how big or small, you’re not overwhelming yourself with a huge catalogue of worries.
Each time you give the worry to God, you will find it a little easier to leave it in God’s hands. If you take the worry back, its strength will have diminished.
—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I am weighed down by worrying so much. Help me remember that you care for me and my needs. I bring my anxieties to you and trust in your power to relieve them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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