I’m not usually an anxious person. So feeling anxious is a VERY uncomfortable feeling for me! But lately, I’m been feeling anxious! So what should we do when these feelings flood our lives?
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Changes in my life have made me a little (well, a lot) anxious lately!
The pandemic, has been a life-changing event in all our lives!
Bobby and I have missed two trips to see our daughter and family in San Diego. And I miss them terribly!
And few other things are complicating my life right now and they add to my discontentment.
One change would have been enough but a whole string of changes have left me on pins and needles. I find myself weepy and short-tempered and a little blue. And these bad feelings are not me at all!
Here’s how I’m handling feeling anxious. And maybe this post can help you too!
This is a very Lancaster phrase. Hunker down means to stay in one place, get cozy and let the storm pass. And that is exactly what I am doing!
I’m digging deep into the word of God and pressing into THE ONE who knows me the best and loves me the most.
Actually, when I am enveloped by the love of God it tends to make me cry. So I’m not even dealing with my tears! I’m just letting Him take care of the way my emotions are manifesting themselves.
In God’s economy, I’m experiencing a trial! The first chapter of the book of James gives us a true look at what trials are and what to do when we find ourselves in one!
Anyway (another Lanc. Co way of speaking), I’m hunkering down and going through this time of anxiety God’s way!
This is not the time to take on extra responsibilities or tackle big projects or say yes to lots of outside obligations. HUNKER DOWN with God!
REPEAT AND BELIEVE SCRIPTURE
I’ve memorized some very helpful scripture that will remind me of the TRUTH in my situation.
Feelings are such fickle things and they and our hearts cannot be trusted. They want us to go the path of least resistance and but maybe that’s not God’s way for us! It is better to listen to scripture and the word of God to alleviate anxiety!
The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it? Jere 17:9
Our heart’s, mind, will, emotion and intellect are sick! They are contaminated by sin. No wonder we need to…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Only when our hearts are positioned to listen to God alone do we have direction for our lives during anxious times.
I have created a visual in my mind to help it trust God alone…
There a path but I cannot see it very well at all. I know that this path leads to peace so I need to stay on the path.
The path is lit right before me and nowhere else so can only take one step at a time.
I say all day long… ONE STEP AT A TIME. ONE STEP AT A TIME. ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Because I know God I am sure He will light my path and I will go the right way!
Here’s another verse I have memorized for anxious times…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer, petition and thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your mind and heart in Christ Jesus. Phil 4: 6-7
These are verses I cling to! I pray and ask and thank God ahead of time for what He is and will do in my life! I also pray to accept His will because it is perfect!
And I must remember…
And we know all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Hey, as much as I would like it to be all about me and what I want when I’m anxious I know it is so much better if God’s in control!!!! That means I may not get the outcome I want, but God will use my anxious times for good and His glory!
And what a perfect reminder by our LORD Jesus Himself…
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
In Jesus, friend, we are overcomers!
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
I’m finding a whole new world at 3:00 in the morning. This has been my new wake-up time lately! UGH!!!! And there is nothing I can do but get up!
During stressful times it is important to take care of ourselves. Even when our bodies don’t want to oblige!
So I’m doubling my efforts on the things I can control like eating right and taking vitamins and supplements and exercising and drinking enough water and spending time with Bobby and my friends. All stress releasers!
And I’m not opposed to a nap if I really need one.
Anxious times remind me that this world is passing away and my true victory lies in my Savior Jesus! I am an alien and sojourner in this world and my real home, my forever home and glory is real and something I look so forward to!
So, this too will pass (not in the Bible)! And if I go through this troubled and anxious time God’s way I’ll have something to show for it! A more Christ-like character. And that is priceless!
Get this pretty square printable of Phil 4 6-7 as a reminder to you when you feel anxious…