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In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!
Psalm 94:19 (Amp)
There is a whirlwind of activity in my family this week. My firstborn grandchild is getting married next Saturday. Along with all of the planning and making sure everything gets done, daily life goes on. Jobs still need our attention. Meal preparation is a task that can’t be put off. Clothes still need to be washed, and so it goes. Cramming extra activity into an already busy schedule can soon give birth to ANXIETY.
The Bible asks, “Who of you by being worried and anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?” Matthew 6:27(Amp)
Anxiety is a useless emotion in God’s eyes. Yet, it makes its presence known almost every day. Anxiety can be a vague feeling that “all is not well.” It can also become a life-crippling force.
“So, do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries of its own. Sufficient for each day is its trouble.” Matthew 6:34 (Amp)
How do you face anxiety? God says it’s futile trying to resolve anticipated problems. Thinking about them to gather facts is a wise way to be prepared. But, anticipating negative consequences will only lead to panic attacks.
The mind and emotions are the battleground. There are thoughts that lead to peace and there are thoughts that lead to fear. Take a good look at your thoughts. Are you dwelling on a potential negative? Why is that negative more powerful than a positive thought? Usually that is because we can see the outcome of the negative thought but we have NO idea how anything good could come of the situation.
Most of us have bought into the lie that we are “all-wise” and can, with enough effort, solve every life problem. When we can’t see the solution, anxiety sets in. Doubt, fear, insecurity, what other emotions are plaguing you? When we follow God’s advice and take every thought captive we can stop them before they become an emotion. Write them down if that helps. Then ask God to show you that thought through His eyes.
“..now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectations are in You.” Psalm 39:7 (Amp)
Father, I am oh so human! Anxious thoughts are always lurking in the back of my mind. I want to trust You with my whole heart. Your word says Your plans for me are for good and not harm. As I turn my anxious thoughts over to You, please, show me Your heart, grant me Your peace moment by moment through today. And, when tomorrow becomes a new today, show me Your way again. Amen