Today I was having a pretty good day. And then came a slightly unsettling conversation, followed by a somewhat foreboding email. And just that quickly my day darkened. I felt a lot of anxiety. I was worrying. And I hate it when that happens. Can you relate?


As a Christian how are we to respond when life circumstances freak us out? When we find ourselves struggling with worry? We are certainly not immune just because we are believers.


I remember way back when I was in high school, my Sunday school teacher shared these verses with us:


Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7


I remember her explaining that anytime we find ourselves worrying, that is a signal that we should instead be praying. That is great advice. I’ve learned that when I find myself stressed-out and worried I need to bring that burden to God. It really is amazing how much it helps. Spending time talking to him  almost always gives me a new perspective – a much better sense of calm and a genuine hopefulness.


So this morning when the dark clouds came rolling in upon my spirit – I went for a walk around the block. I admitted my worry to God. I asked for his wisdom and peace. As a result, I was able to regain my focus for the day and no longer allow my joy and peace to be hijacked.


I highly recommend that the next time you find yourself worrying – take a few minutes to pray and give it to God; you won’t regret it!