THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEAR AND WORRY lies in the realm of choice. Fear is an automatic physiological response to a situation in which we feel threatened. Worry, on the other hand, is a conscious straying of our thoughts to a particular situation that troubles us. While fear energizes and primes us for action, worry spins its wheels endlessly without moving forward, draining us of all energy and creativity. Yet, worry is actually something we can control — we can choose the object of our thoughts.
– Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison
Birthed in Prayer: Pregnancy as a Spiritual Journey
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Are you worried about something? Pray about the situation and let your worry go. Share your thoughts.
When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Matthew 14:32, NRSV
This Week: pray for racial harmony. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Clare of Assisi (August 11).
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