Devotions for Lent–Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

When I kept quiet, my bones wore out; I was groaning all day long– every day, every night!–because your hand was heavy upon me. My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. Selah (Psa 32:3-4 CEB)

Worrying is feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. With excessive worrying, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on “what might happen.”

In the midst of excessive worrying, you may suffer from high anxiety — even panic — during waking hours. David writes, “When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up.”  Worriers can become ultra-sensitive to their environment and to the criticism of others, excessive worriers may see anything — and anyone — as a potential threat.

Chronic worrying can affect your daily life so much that it may interfere with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Many people who worry excessively are so anxiety-ridden.  Fear replaces faith, and doom can overwhelm you. The answer is found in 1 John 1:9:

“But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.”

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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