Our current times call for anxiety-filled times
I’ve been feeling out of sorts for a while now. With new beginnings and taking chances comes a radical roller coaster of emotions where anxiety features as the headliner.
I feel it now more than ever before. But I am also coming to terms with the fact that everyone gets their season of stress at some point in their life.
It is the way we deal with it that can truly show us how strong and resilient we are through God’s love.
Normally, I’m considered the chilled-out person in my friendship group, giving people advice about how to overcome anxiety.
Furthermore, I’m a wellness coach with clients that depend on my guidance for getting closer to reaching self-compassion and confidence.
But it’s OK. Everyone is suffering in some way or another because anxiety is an epidemic (on a worldly scale), brewing like that cup of tea you left on the side.
Now read that paragraph again. Yes, it’s getting to everyone, everywhere. Not only me and you are suffering; we all are.
Doesn’t this give us more of a reason to talk openly with one another? Yes! So let’s connect through our concerns and calamities so we can overcome them together.
But to do this successfully, let’s turn to the Lord.
Turn to God
God keeps showing me the light through his mercy and grace, and this morning was a prime example of his presence, peace and power.
When scrolling through Instagram I stumbled upon Our Daily Bread’s “5 Truths to Remember when Anxiety Hits”.
So here I am to share them with you in detail, to deter anxiousness and determine righteousness.
Let us begin:
“ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35, NIV)
- God loves you. Nobody and nothing can ever break this. God’s love is never-ending. No matter what, he will love you. No matter who doesn’t, he does. Think about it — how amazing is that! Always come back to God’s love and let it resonate with your soul, giving you strength and stamina to see life through with compassion and consideration for yourself and others.
“ Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13: 5, NIV)
2. God is with you. When I am down in the dumps over money, for example, I know that it is OK because God has got my back. Focusing on this then allows my mind to let go of material items. Yet again, this is a promise that prompts security because God is always with you. This means you can turn to him whenever, wherever you are in need. There’s no need to feel alone when this verse is there to remind us we do not walk alone. Believe it. Be confident in it.
“ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are— yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV)
3. God knows what you’re going through. Even when you think otherwise, God knows how you feel. His son was sent to the earth to save us as well as to be put in our shoes. When I feel overwhelmed and misunderstood (we all do), I just pray to God for understanding. I have issues, you do too. But God is there to console us and make us courageous in his presence. He knows your woes, so do not be weary.
“ Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29–31, NIV)
4. God is in control. We all want to be in control, I included. Most of the time, a sudden rush of anxiety fills me when I lose control over things. This is when it hits. I have to remind myself that it’s impossible to control everything. We live in a controlling society, so it is hard to come to terms with this, however, it is possible. Accept and give it all back to God. Trust in him.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17, NIV)
5. God does not change. I’m changing a lot these days. Becoming accustomed to new places, learning new things, starting new jobs. It all requires me to re-orientate myself. I get scared that I am changing, but if I am aware that every day I wake with good intentions, read the Bible, and pray, then I can only change for the best.
We change every day. What you learn, who you love, where you go — all contributes to changing you. It can be a good thing! We are always told it’s bad, but not necessarily. The best part is that God doesn’t change, so we can rely on his word no matter what happens.
God is never-changing and all-loving.
Remember: Bring your doubts and dreads to God and he will comfort you.
Gracey Grossmann is an English lassy residing in Berlin with a passion to help people find peace, love and joy in life. She finds strength through God and sense through writing. Graduated in Journalism and Spanish, teacher of English and yoga, coach in wellness and mindfulness, her mission is simple: share ways to de-stress, regain strength and encourage self-acceptance. Her laugh can be heard from miles away.
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