Anxiety is more than just worrying and being anxious over what may have happened, is happening or what is going to happen in our lives.
I have a good friend who said, “Either worry or pray but don’t do both.” Good advice, but what do we do when we seem to have anxiety over nothing. For me, personally, around 7pm-9pm almost every night my chest tightens up and I get these overwhelming feelings that all is not well. I have to remind myself that everything is going to be alright and I also take medication to balance out chemicals causing this anxiety.
Reference: I’ve just started a very short reading plan (just 4 sessions) called “Reducing Anxiety”:
In this plan Cheryal LaMastry and the abide team (https://abide.is/) offer some professional advice.
Reducing Anxiety: Step One
Everyone experiences anxiety in many forms throughout the course of their daily lives. However, the usual methods that we use to manage it may break down in certain situations, which may lead to excessive or inappropriate expressions of anxiety.
In this first session I want to help you with some mental exercises to help you reduce anxiety and embrace the strength, wisdom, and peace of God more clearly in your life.
|Listen to prayer|
Scripture: And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:1-7 NLT
Helpful Tool: the @YouVersion Plan Reducing Anxiety. Check it out here:
1st Pete 5:7 is a great verse to commit to memory. When we realize how mich God cares & how much bigger He is than us ans anything we face we can accept that our best option when facing anxiety is to cast up onto The Lord. He can and will handel it.
Our confidence is in God not ourselves. Our own anxious thoughts and conserns are a reminder how much we need our savior.