Philippians 4:6-7 Is worry your constant companion?

If I continuously knead and shape the clay of my worries and fear, they stay a part of me. If my prayers are a listing and re-listing of these fears without releasing them to God, entrusting them to his keeping, they stay a part of me. God can take them away, so why are they still here? Can I let go of them? Maybe that should be my prayer–not a listing of what I am worried about but moving these fears into God’s hands. His response will be a shield that guards my heart and mind against them. And when they creep in again–they will because we are imperfect people–we ask Him to take them from our hands, give them into his keeping, and once again our hearts and minds are safe behind his shield.
Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Here’s how it works: Read the verses and pray about them.  Is there a word or phrase the jumps out at you? Is there a picture that comes to mind? Do the verses remind you of something in your life? Draw a picture or write the words and let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.
Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind.
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