Overcoming Parenting Anxiety with Gratitude and Prayer

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As parents, we face countless challenges that often leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed. However, Philippians 4:6 reminds us that we should bring every situation to God in prayer and thanksgiving. By focusing on positive things and expressing gratitude, we can rewire our brains and train them to focus on what’s good. This triggers the release of feel-good hormones that block negative thoughts and calm our minds.

When anxious thoughts arise, take a moment to mentally list things you’re thankful for and share them with God. This helps you focus on the positive and invites God into the situation. He will calm your fears and give you peace, as Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us.

Remember that it’s okay to cry and release your emotions. Even Jesus cried, and it’s not a sign of weakness but a natural response to difficult situations. Don’t put pressure on yourself to always have it all together. Instead, cast your anxieties on God and find rest in Him, as Matthew 11:28-30 tells us.

As a parent, there are countless things to be thankful for. Take time to list them out, and let gratitude calm your heart and mind. When anxiety arises, don’t let it take over. Cast it onto God and allow His peace to reign in your life.

Here are 30 things to be thankful for to get you started!

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Good health
  4. A roof over your head
  5. Food on the table
  6. Clean water
  7. A stable job
  8. A reliable vehicle
  9. Education
  10. Technology
  11. Nature
  12. Sunsets and sunrises
  13. Laughter
  14. Music
  15. Books
  16. Freedom
  17. Kindness from others
  18. Memories
  19. Opportunities
  20. Forgiveness
  21. Encouragement
  22. Faith
  23. Love
  24. Pets
  25. Hobbies
  26. Holidays
  27. Good weather
  28. Creativity
  29. Second chances
  30. The ability to learn and grow.

As we conclude this post, we want to leave you with two uplifting songs that can help you cultivate a heart of gratitude and praise. The first song, ‘Gratitude’ by Brandon Lake, reminds us of the power of thankfulness in our lives. It helps us see the good in every situation and focus on all our blessings. The second song, ‘Praise You Anywhere’ by Brandon Lake, encourages us to praise God no matter where we are. Whether happy or sad, we can always find a reason to praise Him in good times or bad. We hope these songs bring you joy and help you connect with God in a deeper way.

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My name is Elizabeth. I'm a single mom raising my 2 daughters Althea and Cordelia in Kansas

11 thoughts on “Overcoming Parenting Anxiety with Gratitude and Prayer

  1. Parenting can be so overwhelming but turning to God can be powerful in facing parenting challenges with strength and love. Thanks so much for sharing the uplifting reminder~

  2. Oh wow, I *seriously* needed to read this today… very timely. Thank you for posting it exactly when I needed it!

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