Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Anxiety struck again.

I awoke from a dreamless sleep, and without a moment of peace, it attacked.

As usual, the issue itself wasn’t that big of a deal, but the anxiety was blowing it out of proportion.

For me, anxiety is like a voice in the back of my head that tends to override logic and fill me with irrational fears and stressors. And, despite popular belief, I can’t always just turn it off.

So, this little voice was pestering me the moment I opened my eyes.

“What if that other writing gig falls through too? What if you get $0 for all that work you did? What if that other client suddenly backs out? What if freelancing is actually impossible?

What if. What if. What if. It goes on and on sometimes, playing on repeat in the back of my head as I pretend to go about my day unbothered.

I’ve gotten pretty good at pretending it’s not there.

But it is, and I’ve learned to deal with it in various ways.

CBD oil is one you’ll hear me talk about a lot. I started selling the stuff because it was such a game changer.

The Just Sit There mindset diet has been helpful too, even though I don’t always do it. I simply let my mind freeflow for an hour. You’d be surprised the things I’ve learned about myself with JST.

But sometimes the Word is the greatest comforter. I’m a firm believer in my faith, and I draw much of my confidence and assurance from the Bible.

And today was no different.

I sat there in bed stressing over little things. Unfortunately, the anxious thoughts had suppressed the one logical thought to reach over and grab my CBD oil, so God intervened.

A soft chime on my phone alerted me to my verse of the day: Psalm 46:10.

Be still.

Be still. Those were the same words Jesus used to calm the storm when the disciples thought they would die. And the moment He spoke those words, the winds quieted, the waters calmed, and the thunder ceased.

And the same thing happened with my anxiety: quieted, calmed, ceased.

Yes, I’m a huge advocate of CBD oil, and I’ll tell anyone who suffers from anxiety and anxiety-related sleeplessness about it, but sometimes there are moments where only God can intervene.

Today was one of those moments.

So, I’ll leave you with the rest of the encouragement the psalmist wrote in Psalm 46 in hope that someone somewhere is comforted by these words:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
 and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
 and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
 the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
 God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
 he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
 the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
 to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
 he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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