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7 Life-Giving Truths for Overcoming Worry and Fear

By: Kristen Clark

As a single girl (before I married Zack) I had so many fears and worries running through my head. “What if I never get married?!” “What if no guy ever likes me?!” “What if don’t get married until I’m 40?!”

Fear. Worry. Lack of trust.

All of my worries were completely in vain too, because 3 years later Zack (my now amazing husband), asked me to be his wife. Since I was no longer worried about “getting married,” I figured I was in the clear of my worry and fear issues. Not even close.

Little did I know how much hard work and money it took to plan a wedding (much less a really large wedding).

My wedding budget was squeezed on every side and at some points, I just didn’t see how God would provide for our needs.

I remember crying one night and asking God things like, “was it a mistake to invite so many people to my wedding?” “How are we going to afford to feed all of these people?” “How can we possibly afford a photographer?!”

Fear. Worry. Lack of trust.

In the end, I got married and watched God miraculously provide for all of our wedding needs and desires. All of my worries were completely in vain.

Since I was now happily married and no longer worried about “planning a wedding,” I figured I was in the clear of my worry issues. Hmmm…not quite.

My picturesque vision of becoming a mom within the first two years of getting married slowly vanished.

After three years of marriage, I had nothing to show except two challenging miscarriages and a house distinctly void of children’s laughter. I struggled in my heart and asked God questions like, “Why did you take those babies from me?” “Why can’t I get pregnant like normal women?” “What if I’m never able to have kids?”

Fear. Worry. Lack of trust.

Now fast forward to today. Zack and I recently celebrated 8 years of marriage, and God still hasn’t given us a child, but He has given me a new perspective. God has opened my eyes to how weak my faith has been. He has shown me that my worries and fears of “not having a baby” have done me no good.

In fact, all of my worrying and fretting has never done me any good.

Over this past year, God has been doing a big work in my heart. He has been teaching me, through his Word, that trusting in His plan and patiently waiting on His timing is far more powerful than worrying. I have experienced the freedom of surrender. I have experienced the joy of trusting God. I’m not perfect at it, but I’ve come a long way. And by surrendering my will and trusting in God, I have found immense peace.

Like me, I’m sure there are things going on in your life right now that aren’t easy. I’m sure there are tough circumstances, people problems, and issues that you’re tempted to worry and fear about right now.

If so, I know you’ll find the follow list of truths extremely helpful and encouraging.

Worry and fear don’t have to get the upper hand. Thanks be to Jesus, peace and hope can truly reign in your heart…regardless of what you’re facing today. I want to share with you 7 biblical reasons you don’t have to worry. I discovered these 7 truths and verses while reading the notes in my NASB Study Bible.

1. The same God who created you can be trusted with the details of your life.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

2. Worrying about the future hinders your life for today.

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful.

Matthew 6:27 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

4. God does not ignore those who depend on Him.

Matthew 6:28-30 “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

5. God sees your every need and will provide for you according to His good plan. 

Matthew 6:31-32 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

6. We are called to build God’s Kingdom and worrying distracts us from this mission. 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

7. Living wholeheartedly today keeps us from being consumed with worry about tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I pray that these 7 powerful truths from Scripture have brought hope and encouragement to your heart like they have mine. The hard trials in our life are great opportunities for us to grow in our trust in God. He loves us and will not abandon us. He is with us every day, every moment, and every second.

The more we fill our mind with God’s truth, the easier it will be to combat lies and worry.

If you’re struggling with fear and worry right now, I encourage you to print off those 7 reasons (along with their verses) and read them every day. God’s Word has the power to transform your perspective and give you hope and peace today. 

Sister, I’d love to hear from you below! 

  • In what ways are you struggling to trust God today? What tempts you to worry?
  • Which of the numbers from above did you find most helpful?

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4 Responses to 7 Life-Giving Truths for Overcoming Worry and Fear

  1. Reagan says:

    I’ve been struggling with worry about school and my future and it’s really hard sometimes, but number 7 spoke to me. I’m so worried about a decision that I don’t need to make right this instance and I’m not enjoying what is happening in my life right now.

    • Kayleee says:

      I feel the same…I’m stressed about whether I will get into my honors programme and I’m scared of graduating and cause I have student loans to pay off. I also worry about what people think of my a lot…what I wear, if I’m attractive enough.

  2. Erika says:

    Along with Bible verses like Matthew 6:27 which you mention under number 3, another helpful quote for me is this one by H. Jackson Brown Jr.: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” We really need to realize we are NOT in control of most things in our life. In a way, this is super relieving. Only stress about what you can really control, which is usually only your response to what happens to you. Thank you for the reminders, Kristen!

  3. Tori W. says:

    Worries about the future mostly…when and if I’ll ever get married. I really appreciated #6; it’s so true! I love that verse…it’s comforting and yet it challenges you. Thanks for sharing!

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