How to Overcome Worry

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Today many women are stressed due to finances, illness or relationships. We struggle to make sense of our pain. This poignant illustration follows a young mother's honest, yet grateful prayer and encourages us to focus on God's provision.

Like the illustration, it's hard to live by faith especially when our thoughts are trying to steal our peace. When we worry we constantly torment ourselves and instead of trusting God, we fall apart. Elyse Fitzpatrick, speaker and author of Women Helping Women, talks about why women struggle with worry and explains how women can overcome their fear, worry and anxiety.

Worry comes from an excessive focus on something we cannot change or control. What worries you today?
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Matthew 6:19-34 (ESV)

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rustdestroy and where thieves break in and steal,20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,23but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Do Not Be Anxious

25“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

After reading the above Scripture, how does it change your way of thinking? Where are your "treasures" today? What are your priorities?
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How has worrying effected your life? How has it impacted your relationships?
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1 Peter 5:7 says, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." Have you taken all of your worry to the Lord in prayer? How can prayer help you?
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Be encouraged by Elyse's reminder, "Do you believe that…you’re His dearly adopted daughter and because of that, He’s promised to care for you? He is your Father. And because He’s your Father, He will provide for you and protect you and pardon you. We worry because we forget our relationship with Him."