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The Other Side of Worry

By: Jill Briscoe

There are some good things about worry.  When I am worried, it makes me pray and read my Bible more, and that’s all good!  So anxiety chases us back to God and gives us a chance to turn our worries into prayer.  Second, a worrying situation is a good heart check.  It makes me ask myself how my spiritual health is.  What is my heart focus?  Just who is at the center of my life? Around what does my universe revolve?

I love Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Phil. 4:6 in The Message: “Don’t fret or worry.Instead of worrying, pray.Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness and of everything coming together for good will come and settle you down.It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”But for Christ to displace worry at the center of my life, I need to turn first to Him when trouble starts.

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