Monday, April 30, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 5

In facing anxiety, it is important to cling to God. Trust in Him and He will give you peace.

How do you handle the dreaded middle of the night call? You know the one that I am referring to, especially if you have children.

The call was from our youngest son, Jacob. "Hey, can you come and get me? I have been in an accident."

Once Tim had left, I lay there in bed crying and praying. I felt like we were under attack and I was starting to panic. The thought made me cry even more.

All of a sudden, it just hit me; it was like a light being switched on. Yes, we were being attacked. Jacob and I are both trying to live according to God's will for our lives and it is getting someone's attention. Granted, I would rather not have his attention, however, it means that we must be doing something right.

Once that thought registered in my mind and my heart, I felt completely at peace. My prayers changed to praise and thanksgiving.

Finding Peace  

1. Slow down.  When anxiety hits, slow down your thoughts. Try to really see what is happening and not allow your emotions to sweep you away.

2. Focus on your breathing.  Focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Allow yourself to take several deep belly breaths until you find that you are feeling less anxious.

3. Be in the moment.  Fully be in the moment so that you are able to understand what it is that brought on the anxiety to begin with. <-- for me, it was realizing that Jacob and I have gotten the evil one's attention.

4. Ask God for His peace.  Remember that God is always there. If you ask Him for His peace, He will give it to you.

Let's read over Proverbs 3:5-8, pray over it and hold it close.

Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Let's Pray:

Dear Father,  thank You for always being with me. When I feel anxious, I know that You are there. Please help me to trust in You with all of my heart and not to rely on my own understanding. Father, help me to seek your will in everything that I do and to trust that You will show me which path I should take. Help me to lean on You and not on my own wisdom. I live in respect and fear of You, Lord. Please heal my wounds and ease all of my pains. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 3

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 4

What do you do to find peace when you are anxious?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

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