(Do you like how I added flowers to the barren fields in the middle of Utah? Utah has some EPIC red rock formations. Truly, I saw how the hand of God marvelously and beautifully formed every one of these formations, and it made me think back to the flood and God’s promise after the flood that He would never destroy the earth again in that way. What an incredible thought!)
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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.’
I don’t have nearly as much anxiety as before especially when it comes to travel, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned in the journey. I used to have INTENSE, very STRONG fearful anxiety about anything relating to eating or missing a workout, but this 10 day trip was by far one of the best in the last 7-8 years of my life.
I’m thankful to share that the anxiety has greatly dissipated over the years, and I’m definitely giving the glory to God fully for every part of this learning process.
Even though I know, in my head, that God is COMPLETELY in control of every single detail in my life, I still struggle with anxiety.
As a Christian, Christ equips me with the Sword of the Spirit to fight off tormenting fear and the whole armor of God, to fend off the anxious thoughts and lies that the the devil tries to make me believe.
How do I deal with anxiety? Anxiety comes in many different forms, especially for someone who is in recovery.
What does the anxiety entail?
- Anxiety entails unknown foods, unknown situations where you can’t ‘control’ what you’re eating or how many ‘calories’ you’re eating.
- Anxiety entails worrying about my weight, because I somehow think I’ll gain weight by sitting in the car.
- Anxiety that your family will pressure you into eating things you don’t want to eat.
Do you see a common theme here?
The anxiety is ‘me-centered’, and I’ve been convicted of how wrong that is.
Life isn’t about me. It’s about the glory, the name, the power of the Lord God Almighty. I’m learning that when I consume my mind with these thoughts I am dishonoring the name and love of my Heavenly Father, because He promises to care for me in every situation.
I wasn’t very excited about this last trip, because it didn’t work with my plan, but God always plans things that we could never imagine. It wasn’t my plan, but it was God’s perfect plan to teach me about anxiety and more trust. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Romans 8:28 says, ‘And all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’
And that means: ALL THINGS, not some things. God promises, and God delivers on those promises. He reminds us that ‘His love is from everlasting to everlasting and that nothing can pluck us from His Hand.’ (Many of God’s promises given to us through His Son are sprinkled throughout John 15, 16, and 17 and the rest of the gospels and the prophets and … MORE!)
So if God is sovereign over everything and He promises to work everything in my life for good, why would I be anxious?
A) Because I don’t trust God enough.
Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’
B) Because I’m trusting myself too much and my own volatile feelings.
C) Because I’m too self-centered and not centered on serving and loving others.
Matthew 16:24-25, ‘Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.’
So why was this trip incredibly better when it comes to anxiety?
- Every time I struggled with an anxious thought, I told myself, ‘God is my refuge and strength. God is going to take care of me. He is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?’ I couldn’t look to myself at all, because the more I became focused ‘only on myself’ the more miserable I became. (Psalm 46, Psalm 27)
- Every time, I struggled with a fear food, I thought, ‘Am I doing this in faith? Can I eat this in faith? If not it’s okay to not eat it, but I’m still going to nourish my body and listen to the hunger signals God has given me.’ The overruling factor in everything I eat whether it be cookies or salad is in Romans 14:
- Every time, I got hyper-focused on how ‘I feel’ it was a discipline, by God’s grace alone, to focus on other people and most of all on giving glory to God. I would look out the window and see the panorama of all the greatness and beauty of the Lord. I talked to my mom and asked her questions. I scrolled through Instagram, and I tried to make it a goal of commenting on other’s photos instead of thinking about people commenting on mine. Emily’s post about Instagram reminded me that Instagram is not about you. It’s about others.
Serving others is so rewarding. I’m thankful that Jesus Christ gave me His example of service. I can never match it, but I can spend my whole life following His example.
Instead of thinking, ‘Woe is me…’ in self pity, I’m thanking God for all the songs of praise that are sprinkled throughout the Psalms to direct my mind back to my God and Father constantly when my mind trots off to the wrong places.
Psalm 48:1-2 says, ‘Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole heart is mount Zion, in the side of the north the city of the great King.’
Doesn’t that just get your mind out of the gutter? Sure, I am SO weak. My spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak. It encourages me that God chooses us in our weakness to show His might and glory.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31, ‘For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; 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; But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.’
I’m thankful. I spent 48 hours in the car, and it wasn’t always fun.
God used the experiences to chasten me, refine me, and change me like a loving father chastens his children (Hebrews 12), and He made me uncomfortable so I wouldn’t look to other’s comfort but the comfort that comes from Him alone.
I fight in the power of the Lord Jesus alone. I can boast in the cross of Jesus Christ my Lord. He is my Lord and Conqueror. God is faithful, and He will bring me to the end of this journey.
Well, on the journey to Oregon and back again, I ate a lot of snacks. I’m sharing some of my favorite trip/road trip snacks so you all can get some ideas for your next road trip/flight/adventure.
My Favorite Road Trip Snacks:
2) Salads – Ok, so some people may not love McDonald’s, but they do have pretty yummy salads…
3) Any kind of Bars – Ok, not any kind of bars, but some of my favorites are Don’t Go Nuts, Clif Builder Bars, PERFECT Bars (Check out my rave post here!), Luna Bars, and any peanut butter Lara Bar. . .
4) Now, let’s talk about the giveaway that I have to share… It all has to do with the phenomenal little heart bars called Rawxies. I first tried Rawxies about a month and a half ago, and I loved them so much (for the heart shape and the amazingly unique/delicious tastes) that I reached out to Rawxies to see if they would do a giveaway with me.
They kindly agreed, and that’s why Rawxies are the last one on this list.
I took these to Ireland with me, and we’ll say that they lasted only 2 days into the 14 day trip. They taste absolutely WONDERFUL. Adding a bit of nut butter makes them that much better.
I can’t really say enough about Rawxies. They are soft, and they are like eating a doughy cookie. Rawxies actually made them 100% raw by not heating any of the ingredients to over 105 degrees. To check out more about the incredible nutritional profile behind the bars, you can look at their ‘About’ page.
Now it’s time to share the Rawxies love with you in another fun giveaway. I came home to a box of Rawxies, and I knew they had to be part of this ‘Travel post.’
The giveaway comes with:
5 cute heart shaped bars with the flavors listed below
Bag of Savory Rawxies Crunch (Chili Lime) – Great idea for salads (aka: crouton replacement), guacamole dipper, or just eating straight out the bag like chips… 🙂
- I’m old fashioned, so just answer these questions in order to ENTER! 🙂 a. What is your favorite travel snack?
b. Do you struggle with travel anxiety?
c. Have you tried Rawxies? Do you like eating raw food?
d. When your mind gets in the gutter on a trip, how do you get past it?
This giveaway will end on July 3rd, 2016. I will email the winner! 🙂