Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
I am a born worrier, who has been transformed by grace into a prayer warrior, who doesn’t stay stuck in fear for very long.
I credit my sensitive disposition as one of the factors that sparked my spiritual journey, which has forever enriched my life.
So if you’re a worrier, I see that as great news.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m not an advocate of fear by any means. I agree with Jesus, who advised us to “be not afraid” in a myriad of creative ways.
But I also see anxiety as an excellent launching point to grow a soul-satisfying faith life.
I mean! So many people wander the earth in a superficial way, carelessly trodding through life oblivious to people around them and the negative effects of their insensitivity.
Worriers don’t make that mistake.
Worriers tend to be highly sensitive people, who feel things deeply and naturally want to care for others. Worriers tend to be thoughtful, compassionate and fiercely loving human beings, who are wired to pay attention to the emotional landscape all around them.
Though worriers run the risk of getting overwhelmed, it’s because they’re perceptive and brave enough to notice the heartache and risks that really do exist all around them.
I see this a good thing because we can’t pray for a problem that we don’t even know exists.
The mind of a worrier is a natural prayer list creator – we just need need to practice shifting our fears into faith, so God’s grace can start transforming us into the prayer warriors He’s calling us to be.
Here are a few habits that can begin to transform your fear into faith:
1 – Take time to quiet your mind in prayer and meditation every morning
The early hours are best for this because it’s quiet, while everyone else is sleeping. This literally can rewire your brain to be more peaceful.
2 – Cultivate mindfulness throughout the day
Pay attention to your thoughts, take more deep breaths. Notice when you’re starting to think fearfully.
3 – When you find yourself panicking, pray instead
When you pay attention to your thoughts, you have the power to shift into prayer. For example, if a news headline makes you fear war, pray for peace. When you’re concerned about a friend, cover her in prayer. When you’re afraid of losing your job, pray for God to guide you to a more secure one.
It really is this simple! Just stick with it. Grace is transformational, but it takes time to rewire our brain from worrying into warrior-ing.
Do you struggle with worry? Comment below, so we can pray for you to experience more of God’s peace in your life?