Anxiety and God. This topic is one I’m trying to get more comfortable talking about. I’m learning how to define it in my life and how to normalize it for those around me.
And I’m learning how to cope with it.
I used to think that people who dealt with this particular issue just needed to get over it. Perhaps they needed to pray harder. I didn’t feel God and anxiety belonged together.
That changed when what I was not able to understand in others, began to happen to me.
Though mine was triggered via a traumatic event, looking back over my younger years, I can see traces of it throughout my life. My introvert self has always been an anxious sort.
Social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety are the two types I deal with. It’s like being an introvert on steroids.
Add these to a list of other chronic illness issues and life can feel really overwhelming some days.
Just getting dressed and getting out the door can feel like an insurmountable task.
Two choices emerge here. Let anxiety defeat me and keep building walls. Or let my God help me defeat it!
God’s Power In Us
We must remember that the power of the Holy Spirit, the very power that raised Jesus from the grave…LIVES IN US!
No matter how hard the day gets, I know that He is able. His word stands. His promises are true.
And that is my landing place. The safest space I know.
Scripture To Beat Anxiety
Here are some of my go-to verses when the anxiety tries to displace the light:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” ( 1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV)
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 HCSB)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6 HCSB)
“But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.Selah” ( Psalm 3: 3-4 HCSB)
“I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” ( Psalm 4:8 HCSB)
Standing in the shadow of the cross, my world shines brighter.
Yours can too.