How to Resist Morning Worry and Wake Up Trusting God

I woke up this morning thinking about the same problem I gave to God yesterday.

And the crazy thing is, it happened before I was even aware of it. You know those few moments between waking up and being fully awake? Yeah, that’s when it happens, while my defenses are down.

Before I even open my eyes, worrisome thoughts start brewing like the automatic coffee pot in the kitchen. Except that the coffee pot is brewing something good. My thoughts? Not so much. And since I haven’t had that coffee yet, I try to fight off the worry with a half-alert brain.

Bits and pieces of verses come to mind, but then I get aggravated with myself for not remembering God’s Word. I know there are hundreds of verses to help calm my anxious mind, but I’m not able to focus.

I try to pray but can’t organize a coherent sentence. Frustration takes over. Then self-condemnation. Then defeat.

Before I’m even aware of it, I’m in a downward spiral. I have my tablet and devotional on the bedside table, ready to give God the first few minutes of my day. But instead of sitting up to turn on the light, I feel darkness settle into my heart.

A New Way to Wake Up

It’s amazing how a few minutes spent reading God’s Word will alter a negative attitude. Whether we struggle with worry, doubt, or frustration, God has the encouragement we need to turn those thoughts around.

So what can we do when problems try to invade our thoughts before we even open our eyes in the morning? Is there a way to retrain our minds to wake up trusting God’s promises instead of rehashing our problems?

2 Corinthians 10:5 says we can “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” That’s great news for those problems that come back in the early morning hours, before coherence kicks in. What we need is a short but powerful Truth to easily recall when morning worry happens.

A Short and Simple Verse to Jump Start the Day

Can I be gut-honest with you today? I’m tired of letting problems take the first moments of my day. I’m absolutely done giving God my concerns over and over, only to grab them back again. God doesn’t want that for us. He longs for us to walk in His promises every day of our lives. But we need to put in a little work to get there.

Are we willing?

Here’s a good place to start, a short and simple verse to jump start our day. With it, we can begin to resist morning worry and wake up trusting God.

“For we live by believing and not by seeing.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT

Paul encouraged the church at Corinth with these few words of faith. Although we will have problems in this life, we trust in the One who makes all things new. We may not be able to see Him now, but we know His mercies are “new every morning.” He is faithful to accept our deepest hurts and replace them with His perfect peace.

So if we can commit these words to memory and believe in their truth, we can also trust God is there with us in those wee hours, ready to restore our peace once again.

God will gladly trade our worry for peace, our doubt for confidence, and our frustration for His grace. (Tweet this.)

Tomorrow morning, anxious thoughts may come again. They may try and convince me to revisit the problems already covered by God’s promises. But tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow, I’ll be ready. I will live by believing.



For more morning verses to start you day and a free printable, click here to read 5 Verses for When You Wake Up Feeling the Weight of Life’s Struggles.

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5 Verses for When You Wake Up Feeling the Weight of Life’s Struggles

I love a good walk for exercise, but I’m not much for working out at a gym. It’s not so much the actual workout, but the days after that give me grief. When I’m in the moment, I feel so accomplished: fat-burning, blood-pumping, adrenaline-rushing. Oh yes, in the midst of the hard workout, I’m ready to conquer the world.

Waking up the next morning is a different story altogether.

Before I even move, I sense the effects of the previous day. Sore muscles make it hard to walk, sit down, or raise my arms above my head. Who am I kidding? It even hurts to breathe, much less put my feet on the floor to lift myself out of bed.

Fighting life’s battles can be like that.

When you wake up in the morning, your first thought is of the struggle. Instantly you feel this unbearable weight pressing down on your chest. Your heart physically aches, your head pounds, soreness and exhaustion take over. It even hurts to breathe, much less put your feet on the floor to lift yourself out of bed.

I’ve been there too, friend. In fact, I’ve felt those familiar effects of battle recently. It’s like the wounds are trying to heal, but with every intentional movement, they burst open again. In those times, all I want is to wake up without feeling the weight of life’s struggles sitting like an elephant on my heart.

But can I share something I’ve discovered? It’s all part of the healing process. We need to walk through those battles to strengthen us and develop our faith, but we can’t do it alone. So to help us in these difficult times, I’ve compiled a list of 5 go-to verses for when you wake up feeling the weight of life’s struggles.

I pray these verses will encourage you and bring you one step closer to relief from your battle wounds, just as they have done for me.

1. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

2. Psalm 59:16 NLT

“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”

3. Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”


4. Psalm 30:5 NIV

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

5. Psalm 90:14 NIV

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

I’ve created a free printable version of these Scriptures for you as well. Click the image below to download this beautiful reminder of God’s promises for our mornings. Print a copy to keep near when you feel powerless under the weight of worry, and you can’t seem to get yourself out of bed. God’s Word is true, and His promises are sure.

Let’s rely on Him today as our wounds continue to heal. We can face our days with renewed peace and joy, because of Him.