You know that feeling of being underwater, and you can’t breathe? I struggled with this kind of anxiety for at least 8 years. I was especially paralyzed by it just about a year ago. I would go on a run, and I couldn’t help but think about all the things I needed to do. I couldn’t enjoy the run. I couldn’t enjoy the beauty God had put all around me, because I was so focused on all the little anxieties. Yet the past year has been a year of overcoming this anxiety.
These verses have become REALLY real to me, as the Lord has helped me overcome this anxiety.
Matthew 6:25-33, ‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’
The greatest comfort that helped me overcome most of the anxiety and still helps me overcome it everyday is this.
God holds tomorrow! He holds me today. He holds my tomorrow.
I know there are those of you out there that are struggling with anxiety too. I want to hug you and pray for you and pray that you would know that God is in control. You don’t need to worry about:
or more, and I want to encourage you to be gentle with yourself and don’t rest on yourself or the things you HAVE to do to make the day better. Rest instead in grace, freely offered grace, the mighty grace of God that saves sinners, that calms the raging heart, the mighty grace of God that calms the anxious heart and reminds you that there will be sufficient grace for each thing you will face today and tomorrow and the next and for the entire future.
My anxiety made me ashamed. I didn’t want to tell other people that I struggled, because I felt like that made me less of a person.
But here’s the truth. The truth is that it doesn’t make you less of a person. You’re human. You don’t need to, and you don’t have to know every step of your life.
But there is One who can and does. His name is Jesus. He calmed the storm when His disciples were terrified. He calmed their fears. He calmed their hearts by showing them that He held the seas in His hands. And He could give them one command, and they immediately calmed down.
He calls the weary, heavy laden burdened soul to come to Him. This comforts my heart so much, because His comfort, His peace is REAL!
Matthew 11:28, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
Those are my Savior’s Words. They have given me the most stillness, the most comfort of soul that I’ve ever experienced in my life, the most strength to be overcoming anxiety instead of letting it overcome me. Though life seems to almost get tougher as I get older, life has also become so much more joyful, so much more exciting, and thankful, because I know my Savior is in control.
Linking up with Amanda to Think out Loud about my own struggles with anxiety, and I would really love to hear what you have learned about anxiety, and if you’ve struggled with it, what has helped you?
Are you overcoming anxiety too? How are you overcoming it?