I’ve always loved the book title, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff“. It’s to remind us that some things we get flustered by isn’t worth getting upset about. Many times we’re worried about things that never happen.
I don’t know about other writers, but I have to be careful of my own imagination and coupled with PTSD, I can create the worse scenarios all inside my head.
Mainly, the stories I write on this blog are meant for anyone to read and hopefully gain encouragement from my experiences and thoughts. But today, I wrote this post for me.
I have a tendency of worrying too much about small things…things I can’t control. I get bothered by some of the actions of other people. If my email piles up, I get frustrated. I worry about meeting my deadlines and getting overwhelmed. I’m concerned about my friends and family.
The anxiety is real. I lose my appetite, my body shakes and sometimes I actually get sick.
It doesn’t make me feel good to struggle like this.
So to combat this, there are scriptures I say to myself to calm down. Sometimes, it takes awhile to feel better, but I keep repeating these until my heart is beating normally. Here’s just a few of them:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. – Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 NIV
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2 NIV
I also say a simple prayer (silently if I’m not at home) and that always helps. I know Jesus is listening to me and will answer.
The last thing to remember is to let go. Like a lot of us, I like being in control…too much. And, there’s not a whole lot in this world under my control except how I react. If I let things stress me out, then I cease to function.
Nothing is outside God’s control. He is able to handle any problem so I must let go and let Him deal with the issues in my life.
The world doesn’t stop because I do. Keep pushing forward, get up, eat and stop worrying so much.