It’s ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday’, and I have a really ouchy, very convicting topic to share about… No, I’m not trying to convict you, but this is something that has deeply pierced me over the past couple months. I’m linking up with Amanda for ‘Thinking out Loud Thursday’ too!
Pray for Lyss also (who does this collab with me) who is in the middle of mid-terms right now! 🙂 This sweet girl is one of my friends and confidants and encouragers daily in the recovery battle and seeking Jesus more and more every day.
It just took me a long time to put away my ego, and tell you that I am probably at times one of the most anxious, nervy people you will ever meet. I’ve also discovered that I think I actually make myself anxious. Who would do that? (I know; I’m a little crazy)
This is something that we need to talk about, because discovering why you are anxious and how to deal with it is just as important as taking care of your physical health. It’s amazing how God designed us as a whole person that need care in our bodies, souls, minds and spirits.
This makes me sad in way, because I know that the kingdom of God is not anxiety. I’m being a poor representation of the work Jesus Christ has done in me by being anxious and distrusting the promises and reminders of love and care and salvation that Jesus Christ came to bring.
It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost… His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and why do I go around binding really really heavy burdens of anxiety and worry when my Father cares for sparrows? How much more will He care for me?
I know all of these things.
Why is the disconnect in my head so far from my heart?
One of the passages that constantly encourages me when I confront my weak faith, my fear, and lack of trust in my Father is this one from 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, ‘But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.’
I’m weak. I am. I get anxious even though I know God’s promises, and I have never seen my Heavenly Father forsake us. He is always true.
My trust is weak. The problem is with me. But I’m not defeated, because I know that God uses weak people like me to show His glory.
Lately, I’ve been really trying to identify what specifically makes me anxious… We’re all different and we all have different triggers and tipping points, and I have to learn what makes me ‘implode or explode’ in order to attack it in the right way.
My Anxiety Tipping Points: (I’m so thankful that they don’t center as much around weight and food as they used to.)
1. Having Too Much to Do – I get overwhelmed easily, especially if I don’t focus on one thing at a time. I’m a human being. I’m not God, and I don’t control everything in the world. I need to be faithful in the areas He’s called me to be faithful instead of trying to do everything… This is still something that is a huge battle.
2. Trying to people please instead of wanting to please and honor the Lord most of all. – I try to get on people’s good side by saying, ‘Yes’ to everything and not ask anybody to do anything for me. Then I become a … um… monster, and Colossians 3:15 (another verse that really really encourages me in the Lord when I’m anxious) reminds me that anxiety, not peace is ruling in my heart.
3. Being a legalist to myself. – Colossians 2:21-23 is constantly reminding me that being a legalist is not why Jesus came. ‘Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances. (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?’
I find myself focusing on, ‘Am I celebrating the right holidays? Was that the wrong movie to watch? Should I listen to that song,’ instead of thinking, focusing on the peace of Christ, the righteousness of Christ that has cleansed my filthy heart, and the JOY that comes from knowing Christ and knowing God and being filled with the Holy Ghost.
I forget that Christ didn’t just save me from sin, but He redeemed me TO JOY, TO PEACE, and covered me with His robe of righteousness.
That’s supposed to be JOYFUL, not a big huge burden that smashes you flat like a pancake. Anxiety does that, but Jesus came to RAISE people from fear to joy and peace now and for eternity!
This doesn’t mean I don’t love God’s law, but I obey God’s law cause I love Him, not because I’m worried and anxious about being punished anymore.
Jesus took that punishment. I no longer have any need to fear that punishment. Now God’s law is a way of protection, a way of seeing His glory, and His love for His children, His holiness, and His perfect justice.
Now, the worst thing when you’re anxious is to just let it paralyze you. That’s what the devil wants in you as a child of God. He wants us to be crippled and anxious and fearful.
But… I’ve found that one of the greatest weapons in the battle against anxiety and being anxious is:
The Word of God… – There is so much comfort in God’s precious Word for His kids. It just overflows with God’s promises, His care, His mercy despite sinful men, His goodness, His kindness, and His compassion.
What do I do when I’m anxious?
I usually feel so desperate that all I can do is … cry and pray. Literally, the only words that come to my mind are, ‘Help me Lord Jesus. Help me Father. Help me to trust you when the way seems so dark and my heart feels like it’s drowning.’
To end with, I’m not going to make this long and drawn out, but I want to just leave you soaked with verses from Scripture for you when you are anxious. These are many, but not all of the verses that I often think about or have read when my heart drowns in anxiety and worry. There are even some new verses that I’ve probably read before, but I found them last night, and they are going to make some good verses to chew on this week.
‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7)
‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7)
‘Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. (Proverbs 12:20)
‘The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.’ (Psalm 29:11)
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:6)
‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you.’ (Isaiah 26:3)
He cares. God’s compassion is INFINITE for His children. And He delights to care for me.
That is so so humbling, and I’m just going to meditate on that all week long. I will have days when the anxious feelings well up, and all I want to do is cry. Instead I’m going to run back to the promises of the Word of God, the promises of my Heavenly Father, and cling to them because my life is in His hands.
Do you ever make yourself anxious?
How do you deal with anxious feelings?
If someone is anxious, what is the best advice you can give to them?
Linking up with precious Lori and all the other sisters for ‘Moments of Hope!’
As part of ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday’ I thought I would also share some of my favorite mental/spiritual/emotional health links that I’ve been reading over the last couple weeks.
There are SO many gems here; I hope you can get some encouragement.
What to Do When You Feel Burnt Out– This gem. Wow.
Reflections on the gift of rest on the Sabbath
What I Would Tell Every Girl on the Diet Roller Coaster – Em shares her story. <3
Writing Thank You Notes to the World – <3 this.
Feeling Refreshed – Stepping back is IMPORTANTE! 🙂
Fall Harvest Power Bowl – This bowl looks like a bowl of ‘fall flavors’ all wrapped into ONE!
Ellie’s 50K Recap – This girl is the COOLEST runner. 🙂