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Have you ever found yourself worrying while praying

 When our two children, Stephanie and Eric, were young teenagers, my husband and I let them travel alone from Nashville, Tennessee, to Melbourne, Australia, where we were living and working as missionaries. This was a very long journey, requiring multiple changes in major airports. I was feeling quite anxious about their making this trip by themselves, and I was praying about it almost constantly.  

 However, as I prayed, I was worrying much more than I was trusting God

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Eventually, I realized this kind of praying was displeasing to God – and it certainly wasn’t relieving my anxiety. So, one morning as I brought my concerns about this trip to Jesus, He helped me find a better way to pray. He showed me that if I kept on telling Him about these concerns, I would live in a state of tension. He helped me see that instead of repeating my worry-prayers over and over, I should thank Him for the answers that were already on the way.  

 From that moment on, whenever I started feeling anxious about the

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