Faith & Life: Don’t Get in a Tailspin of Worry

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Don’t Get in a Tailspin of Worry

Focus on God and Not the Stress in that Moment

by J.M. Troppello

According to, tailspin is defined as, “An aircraft’s diving descent combined with rotation (noun); to become out of control (verb).

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

In a recent sermon, our pastor preached on this passage of scripture from Matthew 6 about not worrying. He gave an illustration that once you allow worry to take root, that can bring you into a tailspin of worry. Once you’re in that tailspin, it can be extremely difficult to stop spinning.

I have been in those tailspins of worry many times in my life.

Our pastor gave some simple steps on how to break out of that tailspin of worry.

  • Stop the negative thoughts.

  • Distract your worried mind by praising God and reading the Bible.

  • Stay in that spiritual frame of mind until you stop spinning in the tailspin.

  • Connect with someone who can help you remember to focus on God.

I know it’s not easy to break out of that tailspin of worry—especially when you’re really in the center of that spinning and it seems like nothing is going to change. However, there is a way out if you only turn to God for help in pulling you out of that tailspin before your worry turns into a deeper depression.

On the days when I begin with God by spending time in the Word and prayer, it’s less likely for me to end up in a tailspin of worry. When I didn’t start my day with God, it’s so easy to allow worry to get me spinning in anxiety.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7, NKJV)

That passage from Philippians chapter 4 is another one of my go-to scriptures when I need to steady myself and stop from spinning in worry. These verses urge you to be anxious for nothing. Sounds simple. Yet it’s not always so simple.

Notice how verse 6 says to let your requests be made known to God through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. Supplication is when you ask someone for something in an earnest and humble way.

Have you ever thought about how you go to God? How do you act? Are your prayers truly earnest or are you too busy being earnest in your worry?

Many times, I’ve been too busy being earnest in worrying about something—even after I’ve already given it over to God.

Yet, the peace of God that is mentioned in verse 7 truly does pass all understanding. I’ve experienced it. That peace will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus, provided, you’ve come to Him:

  • Earnestly

  • Humbly

  • Thankfully

Trust that God does have a plan for your life. Spend time with Him in prayer and reading His Word. Open up your heart to Him in supplication. Share your worry with Him and allow His peace to overwhelm your heart and mind.

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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