Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
These words are a writer’s worst enemy. They bring up all kinds of insecurities.
What if I can’t find words today?
What if my manuscript is rejected?
What if my book doesn’t sell?
Worrying can sap my strength and stop the flow of ideas.
Linda Dillow gives a great antidote for anxiety in her book, Calm My Anxious Heart. Drawing from Philippians 4 she gives us four choices we can practice that allow us to experience God’s peace.
- Choosing to give our anxieties to God – I can make a decision today that I will not worry about my work.
- Choosing to pray specifically – I can choose lift up my concerns about my work to God.
- Choosing to be thankful – Gratitude helps me focus on God’s faithfulness.
- Choosing to dwell on the positive – I can make a choice to see the glass half full.
God’s peace or my worry? It is a matter of choice. I can give in to the “what if”s or I can choose to practice peace.
Today I choose peace.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Betsy Duffey, writingsisters.com