My mom suggested writing down my worries and giving them to God. She told me about a practice, which I knew only a little about―placing worries in a worry box.
I researched the topic a little bit online and then decided I would try it. I took a clear tupperware and wrapped it and its cover with white sketch paper. I then wrote this quote on the lid:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)On the front of the tupperware, I wrote:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)I doodled a simple sun and a flower on two other sides. On the last side, I wrote, "Worries for God's Healing."
Placing the slip of paper in the box relieves tension and reminds me that God is near and hears my prayer. While some worries may persist even after placing them in the box, it does bring relief to know that they are tucked away for God to handle.
From now on, when I am very worried, I kneel on my prayer cushion in front of my little altar table and write down the concern. I fold up the paper and place it in the box.
While I am doing this, I imagine Jesus taking the slip of paper from me, placing it in the pocket of his robe, and then reaching his arms out to give me a hug. He is smiling and the tension is released from my body and mind. The worry is no longer there for me to solve; God has received it.
It's funny how none of the worries in the box actually happened, the ones I wrote down for yesterday. Once a week I will go through the box and tear up ones that have passed.
When placing worries in the box, I try my best to be as specific as possible and write down my imagined outcome/concern as accurately as I can. When I'm done placing it in the box, if I still feel worried, it helps me to redirect my attention to something pleasant/grounding in the present moment, such as a tree outside the window or the feeling of my feet against the floor, and to choose a new activity.
If any of you try this, I'd be glad to know how it works out.
*Tip: Keep the worry box in the place where you usually pray and for convenience, place slips of paper and a pen beside it.
Blessings to you!