“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.”
I think we all have struggled with anxiety in some point of our lives. Some people have it worse than others, but we all experience it. I never really struggled with anxiety when I was younger. Then as I got older and had my kids, my social anxiety started to really show up. As well as my hormones and body image. I’ve struggled with my hormones and body image ever since. I care what people think about me. Some people say they don’t, but we all do.
Anxiety, fear, and depression go hand and hand. We may fear of what people think, fear of making a mistake, fear of the future, etc. Fear leads to anxiety and anxiety leads to depression. We may feel stuck in this depression but in reality, we aren’t. We can go to God with anything and He can bring us out of anything.
We must fight back our thoughts and pray. Anxiety is hard to talk about to others. We try to avoid it and pretend it’s not there. We tend to show a “happy” face but deep down we are depressed. We feel alone. We think no one will understand what we’re going through. But we have to remember that God understands. The majority of people with anxiety will resort to medication and therapy to cope with it, but God should be our “medication” as well as our therapist. He is the Almighty God that can help us overcome anything that medication and therapy never could.
Anxiety is a hard thing to accept and live with. I tend to forget that God is with me through my anxiety. He is there carrying this burden with me. He loves us no matter what we are going through, good or bad.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
Prayer is a powerful thing and we need to pray! Cry out to Him to deliver you from your anxiety and worry. I’m still struggling to go to God and cast my burdens on him. But God WANTS us to come to Him during our times of anxiety and negative thoughts. For us to have peace and comfort, we MUST go to Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
In the end, our problems will no longer matter. We tend to forget this and lose focus on what’s most important. If we let fear interfere, how will we live out the gospel and share it with those around us? We should pray and trust in the Lord and focus on what’s important.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
We need to WORRY LESS and PRAY MORE!