Sometimes out of the blue I’m anxious.
It’s not outright panic.
But it is fear.
My heart speeds up. Breathing is suddenly something I’m conscious of.
Fear doesn’t always make sense, but it doesn’t make it any less real.
How do we live free in the face of anxiety?
It might look different for you.
Maybe it comes as you hold that crying child, or as you lie wide awake beside your spouse. Maybe it’s when you take a big step of faith and you’re afraid you’re going to fail. There’s just enough truth in that anxiety to cause you fear.
Anxiousness takes root and doubt tries to follow.
When anxiousness hits, I breathe in truths.
God promises to help me.
Never, ever did our God lead anyone into growth without the very real promise of His presence.
My anxiety usually stems from what I am not — but peace soothes as I realize what He is.
When I have done all I can do, it’s time to trust God and His power.
His immeasurable power.
Success or results aren’t anything I can control.
I can simply be faithful.
That removes the last shred of anxiousness. I’m not called to produce results. It’s not about numbers. It’s not about perfection.
It’s a partnership.
If I’ve prayed and prepared and it doesn’t look the way I thought it should, then I trust that God is still working. That He is cheering from above because I listened and responded.
I believe that one day we’ll show up in Heaven and we’ll hold up all our successes. . . and God will point to the anxious moments where we trusted Him.
There He’ll show us what faith really looks like.
Are you anxious today?
Take a deep breath.
Rest in these truths.
God is with me.
He is bigger.
All He asks is that I trust.
To live free: Invite truth into the midst of your anxiousness.
Scripture: 1 John 4:4b, “. . .the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
Today: Take a deep breath. Show God what is making you anxious. Invite Him in fully.
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I have been there! I have a music ministry that I share mostly with my local church. I have been sharing God’s word in song since I was little girl. The last time I sang at church, I prayed that God would give me a message to shart (in song) and practiced and prepared as usual. When Sunday morning rolled around, I woke up feeling quite anxious and just unsure how God was going to use me that day. On the way to church, my husband sensed that something was not right, as I was sitting quietly, taking an occassional deep breathe. Before we went into the church, he prayed with me in the car then went straight to the men’s prayer room to ask them to pray as well. This is not the first time I have felt this, but it was certainly the worst. I shared a scripture before I sang. As I read from God’s word, I suddenly felt this peace in knowing that He had a message to share and that I was merely the vessel He chose to use that day. I am not only grateful that He has chosen me to share His word in this way, but that He doesn’t just assign a task and leave me all alone to finish it~ He is with me all the way!
Thank you so much for your words of encourgements. I get great knowledge from all who write as well as comfort. Fear is a nasty thing and satan will go out of his way to wrap us up in it, if it means we will not spread The Word of our Lord to others. Thank God that we have His Word and promises to rely on in our times of need.
When I clicked on this from Proverbs 31 ministry, I had no idea it would have anything to do with anxiety and fear but, God did because it was exactly what I needed. I too have recently started dealing with anxiety and fear and I believe being a child of God enables Satan to attack us even greater. Praying for healing of this awful feeling not only for myself, but for all people who live with it.
Your story encouraged my heart.
Amazing timing Suzie. Amazing. I have been struggling with fear and anxiety here recently because of the unknown (to me) future. i know who holds the future, but it doesn’t stop me from still wanting some control when i feel i have lost all control of my life. ii appreciate your words and truths more than you could know.