Daily Discipline – Don’t Sweat the Small (and BIG) Stuff

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Hello and Welcome!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, A New Self Discipline Journey to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are going to focus each day on fear and worry. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER Over Fear and Worry

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, 

When I feel crushed by my own worries, lift my mind and help me to see the truth.

When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move, free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time.

When I can’t express the turmoil inside, calm me with Your quiet words of love.

I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life.

I know deep down that I in Your grace, forgiven, restored by Your sacrifice, You have set me free.


A Prayer for Confronting Fear | Woman’s Day

AFFIRMATIONS Over Fear and Worry

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. I let go of what I can’t change and do my best with what I can.
  2. I release worry and know that this too, shall pass.
  3. I will not stress over things I cannot control.
  4. I have been through hard things before and have survived them.

SCRIPTURES For Fear and Worry

As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
  2. Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
  3. Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  4. Matthew 6:27, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”


Our challenge today is this: recall a previous challenge you faced and remind yourself about how this didn’t end your world then, it won’t end now, and God is in complete control.

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had a rough week. I was in the mountains over the weekend to play some music with my band (I’m the bassist, BTW) and do some solo music and when I began my trip home (with my kids in the car) I hit the biggest deer 5 miles from my starting point. Needless to say, I didn’t get any further.

To say I was stressed, worried, angry, and a whole slew of other emotions, would be an understatement.

The next day I had to find a rental to get my family home and figure out what to do with my car.

I’ve hit deer before, but not 3 states away from home. This added a whole new level of uncertainty for me. Especially since I just swtiched insurance companies a week ago.

As you can imagine, I have been sweating this a bit.

Something that has helped me face this has been recalling past experiences and then reminding myself that my world didn’t end then, and then telling myself that it won’t end now.

On top of that, as a Christian, I have had to remind myself that God is control and I am not…so whatever may come is what will be and it will be because this is what God is using right now for my life to move me from one place to another on my life journey.

So, if you are facing something small (or big) that may be causing you to sweat…try recalling past experiences and reminding yourself that your world didn’t end back then, it won’t end now, and that God is in complete control.

Then wipe the sweat from your brow and press forward trusting God will work things out in the way that is best for you.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote comes from American Psychologist and author Susan Jeffers:

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Susan Jeffers

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