Thursday, June 22, 2017

Still Praying to God to Stop Anxiety



I don’t get panic attacks like I used to but I do occasionally experience anxiety when feeling pressured or under intense stress for any length of time. Then I get out my Scripture cards and pray through them to God. When I focus in on what God tells me in those Scriptures, it forces my thoughts to think the right things about the situation. It’s as if I need to be convinced that what my negative thoughts are telling me is not the truth—which it really isn’t—but it seems like it is, until I read God’s Word. Then my heart, mind, and soul, and spirit respond to His Truth. Meditating on Scripture helps me settle down into His Truth, the only Truth. Scripture reminds me that God is in control and that He is the one who enables me to do what I need to do and that He will help me like He says He will in His Word. And then I feel so much better. I feel not alone. I feel supported. But always I have this knee-jerk reaction to stress, and I guess the good thing about it is that it keeps me running to God. I have learned what a shelter and hiding place He is for me. For my mind.  A few months ago, I started reading the Bible for 30 minutes most nights, and it has really helped me relax and rest in His love, especially after a trying day. The Psalms especially. And all the New Testament. I switched a few years ago to the ESV version and I’m really liking it. I still lead a ladies’ Bible study class—it’s been 12 years now and I still love it. And I teach a ladies class in Sunday School at my church, and I know that helps me a lot, too! God is so good and He wants us to know Him. Psalm 142 is great advice for us. It tells us to cry out to God, to voice our complaints and troubles to him. To speak out loud and talk to God. I do that almost every morning. I get up early before my husband and go into another part of the house and shut the door and it’s just me and God and His Word. I can tell Him everything that’s on my heart. He encourages us to do that in His Word. He wants us to seek Him. And He promises if we seek Him with our whole heart, He will be found by us.  (Jeremiah 29)

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