With all the various stresses we face each day, it’s hard to not worry and even harder to find peace in order to live a healthier life. An eternal question is: How does one worry less and live more peacefully? It’s relatively simple, but it requires a commitment to doing it. Here are some tips for how to worry less with inspirational quotes help.
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One Sunday at church the pastor’s sermon was about finding peace. A short video was featured and the host interviewed people she found walking around the city. She asked two simple, easy to answer questions:
- What is peace?
- How does one find peace?
I was quite shocked at the responses. The volume of stresses on each person was sad, but when describing peace or how each one found peace was disheartening. People stated that, to them, peace was being happy and found in lying on the couch, spending time with family, or reading a book. Not one person being interviewed said what peace really is and how peace is truly found.
What Peace Is
Peace is, and found, through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My favorite books in the bible are John and Matthew because those are the books that brought me closer to knowing Jesus, developing a relationship with our Father, and leading to my baptism.
The book of John also contains various verses about peace:
So what does this have to do with how to worry less? That’s easy to answer. There is no need to worry or stress when you have true peace.
Top 5 Worries of Today
The top five worries in modern society:
- Financial problems
- Workplace stress
- Personal relationships
- Irritants (lack of sleep, traffic, etc)
When you take a step back from these worries and read the above-mentioned quotes from the book of John, does it really make sense to worry?
Don’t Lose Focus
I know it’s easy to lose track when stressed or worried, but keep these in mind:
- Each of us has a plan.
- Each of us is loved by God.
- Each of us will be provided for by our Father if we just ask of Him.
I’m not saying to pray for that promotion or to find a pot of money or for ‘the perfect person’ to enter your life. In your prayer, ask God to guide you to what you truly need. Ask Him to guide you to where you can better serve Him.
My Personal Testimony
One of my personal testimonies, and one that has not been shared with anyone outside my marriage (until now):
In the Spring 0f 2014, we were out of money. And I don’t mean broke like we didn’t have the money to buy that new movie or fancy toy. I mean broke. There was no money for anything including food to put in our four children’s bellies. My husband and I were overcome with worry. How did it get to this point? We looked at each with despair and had no immediate solutions.
Except one: prayer.
I prayed for three days straight. Morning, noon, and night I was asking the Lord to provide for us and our children (our children and us were fed during that time; no one went without food). Each night we went to bed my husband asked if there was any solution to our predicament. I said, yes, and that I was praying about it. He said prayer wasn’t going to put food on the table and asked how I didn’t seem to worry about our tough situation. I told him the truth – there wasn’t a need to worry because I was asking the Lord to provide and He would provide when it was time. My husband would scuff at it and go to sleep.
On the fourth day, in answer to my prayers, there was a large sum of money deposited into our checking account. It was my husband’s tuition reimbursement that was not due to come for several weeks. I was overcome with tears of joy and immediately thanked the Lord in prayer.
Be Patient With Prayers
The Lord doesn’t always move to answer prayers so quickly like in my testimony. Sometimes it takes obedience on our part before He answers. Or sometimes the answer isn’t immediate because other events have to be set in motion first. Whatever the case may be, pray earnestly and wholeheartedly. Pray during times of trouble and happiness.
Resource for the Hard Times
A great book I recently read to help with how to pray and when to pray is The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan. This book also played an essential part in teaching me how to pray.