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Fear and Worry

Today’s Reflection

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

From page 112 of Birthed in Prayer by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, Leigh Harrison. Copyright © 2008 by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Are you worried about something? Pray about the situation and let your worry go. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Matthew 14:32, NRSV

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  • Gerri August 13, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Most times worry comes over a situation I have very little or no control. I do have a choice. I can fret endlessly with no resolve or solution or I can do my best, if possible, and let go and let God do the rest.
    Worry is a negative force. Trusting in God and his will is allowing his spirit into your being and life for the greater good.

  • robert moeller August 13, 2017, 8:11 pm

    Very true, Gerri, thank you for your insight. I found today’s post very helpful with definitions, understandings of fear and worry.

    God has most definitely helped me with worry, There are times when I stray and worry, but there are also times when I don’t. God can and does see me through in both situations, but I feel God more when I let my worry go.

    Thankful for a day of rest, worship and fellowship at church, and time to work on my hobby. I struggle to help my son, sometimes feel like I can’t do anything, my methods are from another time and place. He can get and do wonderful work, but the pay and conditions are not good. Trying to find a job that sustains him and is something he wants to do so far has been tough. Thankfully we are sustained and can work at the job search.

    Prayers for those in pain of any kind, for solutions to nagging problems, comfort and peace to those in Charlotteville VA. Lord, we need You always.
    I’m late posting today, read this early in the morning before church. Blessings and have a great week.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 14, 2017, 11:42 pm

    Thank you God that we can let you take over our fears and worries because you are great and powerful.

  • robert moeller August 15, 2017, 6:29 am

    Yes, Mary! That is an absolute truth.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 15, 2017, 8:33 am

      Thanks Robert!

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