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There are a lot of potential things to worry about, aren’t there? Things like: When will terrorism hit again? Will I lose my job? Will our kids turn out okay? Will we be able to put them through college? Will I have enough money when I retire? Will I get cancer? Will I get Alzheimer’s when I’m older? We could fill pages and pages with potential worries.

So what do you do about them? Well, you can give in to the worry and lose sleep, ruin your appetite, get a migraine, raise your blood pressure, and harm your heart. Or, you can choose to follow God’s way to find peace of mind, as shown in the Bible.

Isaiah 26:3 says: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” God’s wants you to retrain your mind to think on Him, rather than on your worries. Try as hard as you might, there’s no way you can think of two things at once. If your mind stays—or remains—on God, it can’t be filled with worry, too. There just won’t be room!

Then Philippians 4:5-7 tells you more about how to stay focused on God: “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This text suggests three steps you can take:

Steps You Can Take

First, remember that God is near. You may not always feel Him near, but trust that He is, because He has promised to be.

Second, take your worries to God in prayer. He’s promised to listen—day and night.

And third, while you’re talking to Him, remember to thank Him for all the times He’s heard and answered your prayers in the past.

He then promises peace that’s beyond human understanding! I know that worrying is a lot easier to do than trusting. Our minds can too easily go the route of worry. But we can retrain our minds. There are other helpful things that we can do in addition to prayer. When worrisome thoughts come, we can stay our minds on God by listening to Christian music, reading our Bibles, confiding in a Christian family member or friend, and getting outdoors into God’s creation.

No one can control your mind but you. You have to choose what to do with your worry. God offers you a way to find peace of mind. Give it a try, and see the difference that trusting Him can make in you health and in your life.

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