What does anxiety look like on you? On me, I know I’m anxious when I wake up in the morning and I feel like I’ve been working all night. And I probably have. I’ve probably been trying to work out whatever I’m anxious over through my dreams. But I also wake up tense, in a knot.
A couple of years ago, our church hosted a coffee house event for the women of our church and community. We served coffee and cheesecake, but we also served up ample portions of talk about anxiety. A couple of brave women shared openly about their struggles with anxiety and everyone ate it up.
Turns out, most every woman in attendance that night could relate to the plague of anxiety. And that makes sense. Most of these women were in their 30s and 40s, right in the prime worry time.
- We worry about our families, both our parents and our children.
- We worry about the breaking news…which is breaking throughout the day.
- We worry about our finances.
- We worry about our own health issues.
- We worry about our husbands…their health, job, happiness.
- We worry about reaching our own goals.
- We even worry about our pets!
- Choose to not be anxious. Anxiety is a sin. I’m sorry if that offends you (or me), but it’s true.
- Talk to God about your concerns. That’s what “by prayer” means in the above scripture. It means if you’re going to mull it over, think on it, stew over it, choose instead to talk to God about it.
- Ask for His help. Search the scriptures for promises He has made to us regarding your worrisome matter, and ask Him to keep His promises.
- Dwell instead on things that are pure (truth), lovely (God’s gifts), honorable (God’s character), excellent (God’s promises) and praise worthy (past answers to prayer).
- Practice living in God’s presence. The scripture promises He is with us through our difficulties. Practice an awareness of His companionship.