I was listening to a podcast today by Dani Johnson. Her words were an answer to prayer. Legit, I prayed then there was her podcast. I love when God responds like that. “Oh, you need a Word? Here you go!” He loves us so. Her podcast was about allowing our minds to become weak. Sometimes we allow things in that do not serve us well. Just as the food we eat can make our physical bodies weak and fat, what we allow to enter our minds can do the same, mentally and emotionally.
Some constant things in my life cause me to feel anxious. I had to list them out and get them off my chest, so to speak. So, I opened my journal tonight and made a list.
Yes, I felt the incredible urge to write “time” at least three times. I probably could have written it more. It often feels like there is not enough time. It is one of my biggest anxieties. I need more time. More time to work on my website. More time to write blog posts. More time to focus on social media and growing traffic. More time to clean my house. More time to spend with my family. More time with my husband. More time loving my tribe. You get the point. We’ve all heard the expression, “so much to do, so little time.”
I have this longing within my soul to stop carrying around my anxieties. I really do not believe that God created us to live unfruitful, anxious lives. In fact, the Bible tells us many times over not to worry or be anxious. That sounds amazing, right? But, do you know many people, specifically Christians who do not worry or have anxiety about something? Me either.
Here is what Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything; by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Let’s have a closer look. Do not be anxious about anything. Anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. It doesn’t say, be anxious because there isn’t enough time in the day. Be anxious because the bills are due. Be anxious because your kids are misbehaving. No, it says, “do not be anxious about anything.”
But in everything. Everything. Every.single.thing. Anything that matters to you. Anything you may be concerning you. Everything happening or not happening in your life. Everything.
With thanksgiving. Give thanks to God. Be thankful for the challenges, friend! Without them, you will not grow. Be thankful for the hard stuff, the good stuff, the fun stuff, the busy stuff. All of it. In everything; by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.
Present your requests to God. Tell Him what you need, what you want, what’s on your mind, and what you are concerned about. Take note here that it says, requests. Not request. Requests. You can bring more than one concern to Him. He is big enough to handle it. The next verse says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
So, here’s how this works.
Something makes you anxious or you are worried about a particular thing. Go to God with thankfulness for the challenge and with thankfulness for what He will do with it. Be thankful for how He will work it all out and anticipate that He will because He loves you. #fact. Then, let it go. Accept the peace He is offering you. This is a choice. Let go of the thing that is causing you pain and grab on to the peace that He wants you to have!
Set your mind upon what is good, noble, lovely, praiseworthy, honorable, true, just…against these things, there is no law! Ponder on them. Be amazed at all the good that is around you. Look! It’s there. If you can’t see it ask God to open your mind and peel the scales off your
Thankfulness, my friend, is the cure to your anxiety.
This is how you overcome anxiety. You may have to practice a few times and there is a very good chance that you will fall flat on your face. That’s okay! This is the life that God desires for you to live. Walk in it. Get back up and try again.
Either we can choose to continue living in our anxieties, bogged down by stress and worry or we can live as if God truly exists and that His Word is Truth. We can do what it says or not. I am choosing God. What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop a line in the comments!