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Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

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Why did I let my mind go there AGAIN?

There I stood, in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just happened? No. I sobbed about a horrible movie generated in my mind about one of my girls getting into a bad car accident as she drove to a friend’s house.

That mental movie was so graphic, so real. I could see the accident scene and myself running and screaming toward a mangled car with hazy smoke rising from the wreck. I could feel the EMT’s pulling me away. I could hear my screams in my mind. My heart pounded and tears streamed down my face. Why does this feel so real, even though it’s only in my mind?

Do you ever make-up awful mental movies in your mind about bad things happening?

I call those negative mental movies WorryFlix. While you never get billed for WorryFlix, watching it is very costly. Like your favorite streaming-video service, WorryFlix serves up episode after episode of unhappy endings to whatever problem that you or a loved one is facing. If you watch enough WorryFlix each day, you’re likely worn out, discouraged and feeling pretty desperate.

Worn out. Discouraged. Desperate. That describes how the Israelites were feeling after escaping Egypt.

“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” -Exodus 16:3 NLT

They’d only been in the wilderness for a short period of time, but they’d forgotten God’s faithfulness. While the ancient people lived long ago, they didn’t need sophisticated technology to play their own mental movies of running out of food, water or dying in the wilderness. They were watching endless mental episodes of WorryFlix and it was wearing them out!

Thankfully, WorryFlix isn’t the only channel. God’s got a better viewing option for us!

Letting go of worry means that you cancel your WorryFlix subscription and switch to GodFlix, which is a mindset channel that plays new episodes starring God’s promises for your life. You see yourself or your loved ones in God’s presence, experiencing His power and resting in His provision.

Yes, it’s hard to flip that channel! But you can do it! Here’s one powerful verse that offers helpful instructions on to experience a powerful remove-and-replace operation when it comes to letting go of worry:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. -1 Peter 5:7

First, take your worry thoughts and give them to God. He knows that you feel weighted down and discouraged by what you can’t control. God wants to exchange your heavy weights for His peace and promises.

Second, give ALL your worry thoughts to God. Too often, we say, “God, I’ll give you my worries about my job and my health, but I’ll keep stressing out about my finances.” Using a different metaphor, worry is like black mold. If you hold onto one or two worries, all of your worry problems will grow back!

Third, when you let go of worry, replace that mental space with gratitude. Look out for where God is already taking care of you. He is faithful and He won’t let you down in the future!

Letting go of worry isn’t easy, but it is worth it. By the way, you don’t have to beat yourself up for worrying. God knows that sometimes we’re going to worry, but He doesn’t want us to hold onto the crushing weight of worry in our lives. When you realize that you’re watching WorryFlix, change the channel by starting with the words: “God, I’m canceling WorryFlix and I choose to focus on You.” Remember, you can always let go and give your worries to God!

Let’s Pray

Dear God, I need to let go of my worry! I’m tired of being worn out by WorryFlix whenever I think about what I can’t control. I’m giving all of my worries and cares about _____________________ to you today. Instead of worrying about what will happen, I will focus on Your promises and remember that You care about me and everyone that I love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Try “1+1 Prayer” today whenever WorryFlix fires up. Follow-up up every worry with prayer until you begin to pray first instead of worry.

What worries and cares to you need to give to God today day?

Are there one or two worries that are hard to give up? Why?

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s content is from Barb’s new devotional book, Surrendered: 40 Days to Help You Let Go and Live Like Jesus. This 40-day devotional invites you to let go of trying to control others or outcomes and learn how to live like Jesus. Learn how to trust God’s power, presence, promises and provision for your life so that you experience God’s peace no matter what’s happening in your life.

24 Responses to “Letting Go Of Worrying”

  1. Rochelle says:

    Thank you for this beautiful devotion. It was beneficial, much needed, reassuring and met me where I am. Struggling with worrying about finances due to the loss of my job and primary income. Trying to find another source of income with more flexibility in order that I can care for my mom and still have a source of personal income. It has been a burden and belittling having to depend on others. It hurts when people claim to be for you but have strings attached. It hurts when people claim to be for you but humiliate you at the same time. I turn it all over to you. This is painful, heavy-duty, heavyweight and my heart is broken.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Rochelle, I’m so glad that you stopped by Girlfriends in God today and that God had encouragement waiting just for you! I’m so sorry for this difficult season in your life, but I also celebrate your courageous decision to turn your worries and cares over to God. He will keep taking care of you!

  2. Tonya says:

    Thank you for sharing how you struggle with these mental “movies”. I struggle with this too. I am so tired of “Worryflix” and I keep fighting it with God’s word but some days those images still come back. I will not give up – greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      You go, Tonya! That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing your declaration to fight your worry battle. God will give you His victory over worry. You aren’t fighting those worries alone!

  3. Abby says:

    Thank you for this devotional. It really hit close to home for me. Yesterday I had all sorts of thoughts of bad things happening to my family and me. It was good to hear that I am not the only one who struggles with worry.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      You are not alone, Abby! WorryFlix is a real thing for so many of us. I pray that you feel encouraged to cancel your WorryFlix subscription. God sees and cares about you and your loved ones!

  4. Krista says:

    Thank you so much for this timely message. The Lord must have known I really needed it.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Oh my gosh, I just read today’s Girlfriends in God. You have written this JUST
    for me. My husband passed away 11 months ago on his 75th birthday. He was an amazing man, a true gentlemen, a Funeral Director and took care of everyone’s worries, even mine. He is gone now, and I find myself worrying about our two daughters. I have a subscription to WorryFlix with both girls. I actually imagine my youngest daughter being in a frightful auto accident, or our oldest daughter’s health, something horrible happening, as if her health wasn’t bad enough. 🙁
    But you, today, have made an amazing suggestion…. that we cancel our subscription to WorryFlix and switch to GodFlix. How perfect that is for me.
    Thank you so much and God bless us everyone.
    Kathryn

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Kathryn, isn’t like God to know what we need, especially when we need it!

      Thank you for stopping by Girlfriends in God today and for sharing your story with us. I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband, especially the difficulty of adjusting to life after the loss of a wonderful man.

      I’m so glad that today’s post encourages you to cancel your Worryflix subscription. God is with you and for you!

  6. Jean says:

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I struggle with worry and especially worry regarding my health. I’m scheduled for my yearly physical this week and along with it, my mammogram and lab tests. Needless to say, as in years past, the health anxiety kicks in and I fret that the doctor will be giving me bad news. Although I’ve had my fair share of benign breast biopsies, I worry nonetheless.It’s so embarrassing to me. All sorts of scenarios play out in my mind and before I know it, I’m a mess. In fact, I’m having low grade anxiety just typing this. Would you ladies please pray for me that I’ll hear good news and that I’ll be able to look back and see that my worry is really Satan’s way of keeping me in a thankful state before God? Thank you!

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Jean, thank you for sharing so bravely about your worry battle. There are lots of women who are nodding their heads because you’ve explained exactly how they feel, too. Let’s pray together:

      Dear God, we are so grateful that You love us, even when we worry too much. I’m praying that Jean allows Your peace that passes all understanding to guard her heart against anxiety. When those worryflix thoughts begin, God, I pray that Your Holy Spirit whispers reminders of Your faithfulness into Jean’s heart and that she will declare that she won’t fear because You are with her. You’ve promised her victory and I pray that Jean claims it in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  7. Andrea says:

    Good morning Barb! Thank you for this awesome word meant just for me today! What a blessing you are! WorryFlix canceled and GodFlix now streaming! I had just prayed upon opening my eyes that God would take care of me and my family and all we are going through right now. thanking Him for being faithful always. This was confirmation on how to start my days. God bless you

    Andrea

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Andrea! Thank you for stopping by the Girlfriends in God blog today. I love that you’ve cancelled your WorryFlix and now have GodFlix streaming through pray. Yes!!! Blessings to you.

  8. carol says:

    Once again, Barb…Thank you for this posting.
    I am a product of a Mom, who suffered from anxiety, while I was growing up and she was a Christian. My brother and I, have discussed this issue many times as adults.
    I’ve come to the conclusion, that she believed, but just couldn’t give up the burden to the Lord and leave it at the feet of Jesus.
    Girls, this anxiety she carried, lead her to Dr’s. and many medications into her senior years. She just could not visualize a hopeful future, but a dreadful one.
    I am now, the same age that she was when anxiety became her closest enemy.
    This season, has tested me too. I use my “WorryFlix” to visualize Jesus, walking ahead of me, as my “hiking team leader” looking back just enough,to make sure I am right behind Him.
    Just lean into the New Testament. Paul’s writings have captivated my attentions lately. Read II Corn.11: 23-27. He must have been so afraid, but his knowledge of the Savior got rid of the bad images, worries, and the mistreatment he endured.
    We’ve got to change our mental images, with knowing we have the responsibility to put on the whole armor of God, by being prayerful,first.
    Bless you, Barb in your discipleship work!

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Carol, thank you for sharing your story and how your growing experience has motivated you to keep leaning into Jesus. I’m glad that you stopped by Girlfriends in God to join today’s conversation. Blessings to you!

  9. Beth says:

    WOW. God is BEYOND amazing. I thought that I was the only one that played that kind of stuff in my head! This is the exact issue that God has been working out in me. Same scripture. That and Perfect love casts out all fear 1John 4:18. A couple of days ago the Lord told me to do what I can and to let Him do the rest. To let Him do the heavy lifting. I’m seeing now that a lot of my difficulties are coming from my inability to just let go of my self-preservation and to accept that in Jesus I am completely safe and accepted. I don’t have to protect and take care of everything, that I’m not responsible for making life “work”! I do what I can and give the rest to God. Thanks for a wonderful devotional AGAIN!!!

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Oh Beth, you aren’t alone! I love that you’ve listened to God’s wisdom in doing only what you can, but not more than you should. You’re on your way to experience the blessings of letting go and letting God. Celebrating with you!

  10. Kelly says:

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. I start my first chemo treatment tomorrow. This whole journey can be worrisome and most of the time I still can’t believe it’s happening to me. God has been abundantly present in my life through support of friends, co-workers, and my husband and family. I’m learning to change the channel from worry to praise. God is good and I know he’s taking care of me through his heavenly measures.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Kelly, I’m sending you a big hug today! Facing a major health issue during the pandemic is certainly a lot of walk through, but I love that you’re focused on seeing God’s presence and provision in your life.

  11. Julie says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this devotional! Horrible scenarios play in my mind all the time….immediately when something happens, or I think it might. To know that I’m a believer but not alone in my struggle of worry all my life, means a lot. My Mom had told me I had been a worrier since early childhood, so it has been tough to break the chains. Guilt comes with knowing my worries should be given over to God, but I take them back. It means I’m not trusting Him enough to handle my life . He has proven his faithfulness over and over in my life, and I need not fear, yet it’s hard giving up control. I have improved through the years, but I’m going to work on canceling Worryflix and subscribe to Godflix, by God’s grace! Blessings to you.

  12. Jean says:

    Thank you for praying for me Barb…. I wish this anxiety would go away….but I will trust in Him!

  13. Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

    Jean, we’re standing with you in this battle. Best of all, God is with you and for you, too!

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