Dealing with anxiety constantly; that was my life for about 8 or 9 years. I still recall the runs I would think about all the things I had to do when I got home from a run. I felt almost paralyzed by the anxiety over it. I can still remember all the moments of trembling, fear over every single calorie that went into my mouth. Anxiety was a constant ‘friend,’ and I hated it.
Anxiety is real, but how many times in God’s Word does He tell us to “trust” Him. I’ll share just a small sampling of those verses.
Psalm 37:4-6, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.’
Psalm 9:10, ‘And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.’
Psalm 28:7, ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.’
And those are JUST in the Psalms.
I have to conclude that there is NO reason for the Christian to be anxious. But why are we anxious? Well, instead of writing them all out here, I thought I would share a podcast with some thoughts, hopefully uplifting and encouraging, about why we still struggle with anxiety, even though: we know God will take care of us, we know God has always been faithful, and that He promises to never leave or forsake us.
In today’s podcast I talked about:
– Not knowing God’s character being a root of anxiety
– Not knowing God’s ultimate goodness and His care for the ENTIRE universe
– Why God takes care of the sparrows and how much more doesn’t He care for the humans made in His image?
I talk about this and share some verses that are so crucial to preach to my soul, that so often worries about the tiniest and bigger things like:
what I’m going to make for dinner
who I’m going to marry
if I’m going to be married
if I’ll work out or not
whether or not my dog will forget me if I’m gone for too long
So let’s get into the conversation. And don’t be ashamed or feel bad sharing that you struggle with anxiety too; you’re human! But, I want to encourage you to LOOK UP, look to the Hills, look to Jesus Christ from whom our help comes.
Do you deal with anxiety?
How have you conquered anxiety in different areas? How have you conquered it?