“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT).

How do you stop worrying, especially if you’re a worrywart? According to Paul, it’s as simple as praying about everything and thanking God for everything too. Gratitude is the opposite of feeling  entitled to rights or benefits a person may or may not have worked for.

It can be difficult to always be thankful, but it can be learned as a spiritual discipline. You might have to start small, by thanking God for the little things, like a flower or someone’s laugh. As you do, your gratitude muscle will grow and get stronger. Sharing problems with God and being thankful, not just sometimes, but all the time, brings God’s peace.

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