So you struggle under the weight of anxiety, too, huh?
I’m standing in the thick of it with you. I understand. I don’t have answers or secrets for climbing out from under the monster, but I do have some simple understanding.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced the opposite of understanding in this society so bent towards perfection and having our lives together. And there’s a misunderstanding that anxious people are living under a shell, afraid to go out into the world, afraid to sleep with windows open.
But that’s not always the case.
I know that anxiety feels like a weight on your heart more than a fear in your head.
I know that anxiety loves to hang around like a little voice on your shoulder – only maybe sometimes it’s not so little but real loud and thundering.
I know that anxiety doesn’t always equal paranoia, but instead it’s a constant state of being on alert. And yeah, those two things can look very different no matter what the world calls it.
I know that anxiety creates webs of falsehood that crowd out the freedom we should truly embrace.
I know, because I struggle under the weight of anxiety.
And you know what I’ve discovered?
Anxiety doesn’t have to define us.
We are the Lord’s. We are loved and protected by a God bigger than any anxious thoughts or alert feelings. He chooses to step in and comfort our hearts.
I have trouble resting in that, don’t you? Resting in the God of the universe to comfort my heart is not a natural response. I so often want to rush in and calm myself. Only that fails every time.
So, my anxious friend, what can we do to truly rest in the God’s comfort? I don’t have the answers. But I do have a Book of Truth full of hope for dealing with anxiety.
[Psalm 56:3-4] Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
[Psalm 55:16-18] As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.
[Psalm 40:2] He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
[Colossians 3:15] And let the peace of God rule in your heart, to which you were called in one body; and be thankful.
[Isaiah 45:3] I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
Let me encourage you to write down your fighting verses on notecards and carry them in your pocket, in your purse, or tape them to your car dashboard. You must be surrounded by truth to fight the thing that is anxiety.
And you cannot do it alone.
When we try to take away the anxiety by ourselves, our efforts will fail. Yet, in God’s glorious grace, He offers us undeniable truth with which to fight the evils of anxiety.In His glorious grace, God offers us truth to fight the evils of anxiety. What a promise! Click To Tweet
You can overcome anxiety. Our God is stronger than all the weight of the burdensome thing. Fight those evils with your fighting verses.
Live well. Love well. Be bold.
Need some fighting verses to post around your house? In your car? To carry in your pocket? This FREE printable is a great place to start. Click this link – Fighting Verses – to download!
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