7 Truths for Overcoming Worry in Your Life

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 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. Around 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 issues. Ha! 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?” “How are we going to afford the catering?” “How can we possibly afford a professional photographer?!”

Fear. Worry. Lack of trust.

In the end, I got married and watched God miraculously provide for all of our wedding needs. 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 marriage slowly vanished.

After three years of marriage I had nothing to show except two hard 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.

As I approach my 4 year wedding anniversary, God still hasn’t given Zack and me 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” has never done me any good!

Through lots of prayer and reading God’s Word, I now see that trusting in His plan and patiently waiting on His timing is far more powerful than “worrying.”

Over the past year of my life I have learned the art of surrender. I have learned the art of trust. 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, and issues that you’re tempted to worry about right now.

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

Worry doesn’t have to have the upper hand. Peace truly can rule in your heart…regardless of what you’re facing.

I want to share with you 7 powerful 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 life in 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 efforts 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. Worry shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God.

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. God has amazing opportunities for us, and worrying keeps us from them.

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

7. Living for 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 hope those 7 powerful truths brought hope and encouragement to your heart like they did mine. The hard trials in our life are great opportunities for us to grow in our trust in God.

The more we fill our mind with this truth, the easier it will be to resist worry.

If you’re struggling with 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 our perspective and give us hope and peace.

What about you?

  • 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?
  • Share one example of a way you overcame worry in the past and how you did it.

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  • Elisabeth

    All I want to do is follow God just so long as he realizes I am a girl.I really don’t want to work outside the home or go to collage.I prefer before the civil war womenhood.I’m sure they were a lot Godlier then we were today.

    • Azi

      I’m happy that you have found peace with what you want out of life! Sometimes I worry too much about what God has in store for me and I overthink it to an extreme. But thank God for prayer and for every new day.

      Just curious, why do you think women in the Civil War era were a lot Godlier than we are today? Do you mean spiritually, as being religious, or do you mean culturally with their roles?

  • Erica Rossi

    I am struggling hugely regarding marriage. I worry that my boyfriend is never going to feel “mature” enough or man enough to want a family of our own. I’m turning 30 this year and I have no idea whether he’s ever going to feel like it. I know he is not doing it on purpose, he himself has issues about trusting God to know what He is doing, and most likely I’m not doing my best to support him and pray for him but sometimes it is really hard watching everybody else getting married, having children, going on in life. However, this post together with an article I read this morning has made me realize that I am not putting Him first, I am putting myself and my desire to get married first. Please if you remember keep us in our prayers.

  • Viktoria

    I worry a lot about my future cause it seems so insecure, I only have temporary jobs and sometimes I don’t even know what will I do the next day. But like you, I also experienced many times that God took care of everything and all my worries were in vain. Seeing His work in my life helps me trust in Him more.

    It also helped me to think through what I am worried about and check in the Bible what He says about those things.

    The other thing I worry a lot about is when will I get married and have kids, cause I feel so old (okay, I am 23, but that is very old for me), and being a wife and a mom is what I want the most, and it is hard to be patient sometimes. Most of the times. But I am learning to be patient and trust that God’s timing is better than mine.

    For me the best reminder on this list is number 6, that God has amazing opportunities for us, but worry keeps us from them. I know that when I am constantly thinking about my future and worry about it, I don’t realize what I have now and how great my life could be if I just trusted God and didn’t want everything to go on my way all the time.

  • Britt

    this is like asking me to not breathe.

    • Tiana

      what is like asking you not to breathe?

  • Britt

    I’m dealing with panic/worry at the moment
    1. Over gender…. I drown emotionally when people play around with my feelings
    2. Bad coping methods
    3. I used to be SO close to Jesus.
    4. Nobody I know understands.
    5. So much disappointment, I’m lonely
    6. I almost fear recovery. Like who will I be? I can’t stand myself now, so it might be worth it.

    My worst fear is failure, but God showed me that I will always be a failure here, just less of one the closer I get to Him 🙂 I really need a swift kick in the rear…But here are my struggles does anyone share any?

    There is hope. I know there is. 🙂

  • Julie

    Why don’t you just adopt kids?
    I don’t mean to be rude. I am just truly curious why you haven’t or if you have pursued that.
    There are many kids that want parents too. God could be trying to meet both of your needs.

    • Shanae Butterworth

      You are being rude, and you’re totally missing the point of this post.

      • Tiana

        I don’t think she’s being rude. She’s asking an honest question. She pointed out that she wasn’t being rude.

        • Shanae Butterworth

          If Julie wasn’t being rude, why did she have to point it out? Also if it is or isn’t God’s plan for Kirsten and her husband to adopt, what right or business do you or anyone else have to honestly question that? That’s a personal thing between them and God. Kirsten was just sharing various worrys she’s gone and going through as personal examples for this post. She wasn’t asking for anyone’s advice or suggestions.

      • Julie

        I’m sorry. I did get the point of the post…
        It’s just that, I’ve read several posts about her wanting biological kids, and God saying no to that. But I was curious if they had tried to get into adoption and if God had closed that door also.
        I did enjoy the post. And most of all I appreciate the honest examples they give of their past. I’m sorry if I offended Kristen or you. I really am just asking a honest question…

        • Shanae Butterworth

          If You weren’t being rude, why did you have to point it out? Also if it is or isn’t God’s plan for Kirsten and her husband to adopt, what right or business do you or anyone else have to honestly question that? That’s a personal thing between them and God. Kirsten was just sharing various worrys she’s gone and going through as personal examples for this post. She wasn’t asking for anyone’s advice or suggestions.

          • Tiana

            Now you’re the one being rude. Yes, it may be a personal thing between them and God, but Kristen chose to post it on the internet, so i think that’s an open opportunity for discussion. She was just asking a question. She was not being rude in any kind of way.

          • Shanae Butterworth

            I didn’t realize before that you are 13 and still have a lot of life to experience by the time you reach 20. I’m very thankful that you are being home schooled and have the opportunity at your age to keep up with blogs like this and lies young woman believe! I myself (currently 28) though I was also home schooled and have worked on biblical womenhood throughout my life have only come across these blogs and books over the past year or so. I’m sorry if you are still offended at me, but you have encouraged me for the next generation! Thanks!

          • Tiana

            I didn’t know that you were an adult, i’m sorry if I disrespected you. I’m not offended at you, thanks!

          • Julie

            Hi Shanae!
            After giving much thought into what I put hastily into my first comment, I have realized that it was rude what I wrote was rude whether that was my intention or not.
            By typing “why don’t you just adopt kids?” I was being highly insensitive.
            I regret not thinking through my words more…
            I have prayed for Kristen. She clearly desires the blessing of children, but for a reason unknown to her, the Lord has yet to give her any. I will continue to pray for her too.
            I MEANT no disrespect, but showed some regardless of my intent.
            Some things are private and if she chooses to let the public know about them, then that is fine. But I certainly shouldn’t have tried to pry on personal matters.

            Thank you for showing my faults Shanae.

            Kristen- please forgive me!

          • Shanae Butterworth

            I didn’t mean to make you feel bad the other day Julie. I guess I was being protective. I’m single and in my late twenties, and letting God be in charge of my love life! But have had my fair share of well intentioned (and not well intentioned) people who like to help me out by saying things like “have you tried this?” Or “you should do that.” I guess it was one of those things where you try to keep it from happening to anyone else.

          • Julie

            I understand completely Shanae!
            I have the same situations of people (most often extended family members!) telling me what to do and what would be good for my life (but about college and jobs etc.) Because I am a young adult (homeschooled) not choosing college or career for my life, but to wait for whatever God has for my future at home with the authority of my father. It is tough sometimes… It really is! Waiting for God’s next direction.
            I understood where you were coming from and I wish I would have put myself in her shoes as you did, before commenting.
            I really am grateful for your constructive criticism! You meant it for good. And I see that now.

          • Shanae Butterworth

            I can totally relate! I was home schooled, and didn’t choose college either. I however am a piano teacher! But yeah people even in church can have qualms if God has a different plan or time frame then what’s considered normal for a persons life.

        • Tiana

          In my opinion, you weren’t being rude. I completely understand your question.

  • Shanae Butterworth

    Worry is definitely a big struggle for me and others, thanks for sharing!

    • Jo

      Me too!! Something I really need help with (and prayer:)

  • Nipuni Fernando

    AMEN. Wow, this was absolutely on point Kristen! Thanks for sharing such beautiful, relevant message including biblical truths! God bless you!

  • I always worry about the future. Right now especially, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place and I really don’t know what to do. You have inspired me to just keep on praying and waiting for God’s answer for my situation. Some days I just want to lay in bed and cry all day. I try as much as I can to keep myself busy with work, cleaning, and just spending time in God’s presence (through his word and worship). Dealing with worry can be very detrimental to your mind, spirit and life; if you let it overtake you.

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  • Mollu Creaser-Ogden

    I am a really big worrier and right now I have a big worry; I have recently discovered their is a chance I have cancer…and I am terrified,I know God loves me and will protect me and you shouldn’t worry because He can look after everyone…I know this and yet I am still stricken with worry…..please help!

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