Had a conversation recently with a young woman who was struggling with worry and the physical consequences of anxiety. As she shared, I could relate because I have lived it and I know it well. I know how worry keeps me from thinking and feeling rightly, which then puts me into an anxious state, which then perpetuates the worry cycle, and she was definitely in the cycle when we talked.
While she was sharing, my thoughts raced to how I could help get her out of the cycle and on to right thinking. We talked about specifics related to what caused her worry and anxiety and I worked hard to redirect the inconsistencies of her rationale for the fear, to what was real and factual as it related to her situation. Talking it through with her helped her return to a calmer state and she was able to get on with her day, but I knew from experience it was just a matter of time before she jumped back on the cycle.
So How Can We Conquer the Worry Cycle?
Conquering the worry cycle is a lot easier said than done. Mustering up the power to quit worrying when others tell us to is not enough. Unfortunately, to conquer the worry cycle takes work and practice but as believers in Jesus we don’t work and practice alone.
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Three Steps to Conquering the Worry Cycle
Get alone and talk to God with adoration for who He is. He is able and big enough to solve our worry problems. This is crucial to the victory over worry and is one of the hardest things to do when you are in the cycle that wants to keep perpetuating itself. This is not a once and done and is not just when you are in the worry cycle.
When you are talking to God, lay it all out there. He wants to hear your heart, your fears and your intense desire to conquering your worry. This is the way Jesus prayed (Luke 22:44).
Give thanks to God. It’s easy to ask for what we need and want. It’s hard to appreciate and be thankful when we are still waiting for the worry cycle to be conquered.
Make these three steps a priority daily.
Don’t Worry Talk To God
Philippians 4:6 says “6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
The fruit of your efforts in talking to God will lead you to a secure mind, which as Wiersbe says is “the antidote to worry, [and that] talking to God about everything that concerns us and Him is the first step toward victory over worry.”
When we adore, ask and appreciate we let God take control of our minds and our hearts and the result is His peace. We won’t have an absence of trials, but we will have a quiet confidence ruling our minds and hearts and we will be out of the cycle of worry.
For more encouragement on how to conquer worry read all of Philippians 4.