Thursday, August 20, 2020

Overcoming Anxiety


Everyone experiences anxiety. Not everyone knows how to overcome it in healthy ways. Here is a way.

On Monday, I wrote Philippians 4:6-7 on a 3X5 card. I went to the state park, overlooking Lake Erie, and meditated on these verses.

I said the verses out loud, in my car, over and over.

Then, I thought, I am going to do it. I am going to say, out loud, two situations that are causing me to feel anxious. What was interesting to me was that I had trouble voicing these two  situations. Just thinking about them raised my anxiety level. I wanted to avoid praying about them.

I knew I had to say them, out loud. I prayed them. I petitioned God, regarding them.

Then  I did it again. And again.

Today is Thursday. When I got up, I came downstairs, and did this again. I named these two anxiety-producing situations out loud. I asked for God's help in both of them.

Philippians 4:6-7 encourages me today. I feel the peace of God, upon me. I am told...

Pray about every situation

Ask God for help about anything.

As I do this, I access the all-transcending peace of God.

This peace stands as a guard over my heart and mind, blocks to door to anxiety, and says, "You... shall... not... pass!"

(I'm in Day 4 of fasting from all news media. I'm still here! I'm staying with this until God tells me otherwise.)

(For good stuff on overcoming anxiety watch THIS.)