Anxiety

In our devotional Finding Your Call, I shared God has revealed, to me, that I need to stop worrying…

I often find myself struggling with anxiety. I worry about a lot of things that happen or that can happen. Maybe you worry about things too, and maybe these are some sort of questions you find yourself constantly asking:

  • What will happen?
  • When will it happen?
  • What if it doesn’t happen?
  • What could happen?
  • Is it even going to happen?

And these questions might just end up spiraling out of control.

So how do we battle this anxiety and these questions that can consume us?

Philippians 4:6-7

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.

Now when you read this, you might just skip over the whole thanksgiving section. I have learned that this is actually one of, if not the most, important part of this scripture.

When you’re in a state of worry, begin thinking of everything God has already given you and make a list in your head or even write it down on paper.

For example:

  • Jesus
  • His Love for you
  • His control over your life
  • His grace
  • His mercy
  • Family
  • Friends

I know that once I begin going over the list of the blessings that God has given me, it takes my mind off of worrying about the little things. There is this relief that washes over me; I no longer have to worry about anything.

He is the God of all Comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

This verse shares that God is there to comfort us through all of our affliction. Now, we should be able to share this with others! Those who are going through troubling times, share that Jesus is there for them! Share with them that He loves them and that He died on the cross for their sins; He takes on all of our afflictions, taking them off of our shoulders.

He is always there for you.

I challenge you, when dealing with overwhelming situations or waves of anxiety, to list all of the blessings God has given you. #cwldevochallenge