A Cure for Anxiety

Life is overwhelming for us right now. Sometimes I handle things well, and other times I don’t. Sunday was one of the good days. I was able to turn everything over to God and leave it there, trusting in Him to see us through these storms like He has all the others. I relaxed and enjoyed time with my family.

But I didn’t sleep well Sunday night, and I woke up yesterday morning with anxiety-inducing thoughts rolling over me in waves. (Actually, it was more like a tsunami.) I was struggling not to panic, but I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I prayed and asked some friends to pray for me. That helped, but I did something else that allowed me to move even farther away from the edge and breathe easily again.

I pulled out my little notebook where I’ve recorded all the memory verses I’m working on this year. (Many of them are in my Mustard Seed Planting posts, which you can find by clicking on “Scripture Memory” in my Category Cloud.) I read each one. Read it again, aloud, thought about what it means, remembered how faithful God has been in past situations, and prayed each one aloud. Some were praises to Him for His might and majesty. Others were pleas for help. Still others were promises.

When I finished, I was resting in His peace again. It’s amazing how quickly I can regain peace when I put my focus where it belongs.

How do you deal with anxiety?

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5 Responses to A Cure for Anxiety

  1. Jason says:

    If I’m being honest, I deal with it poorly most of the time. I’m working to really give all things to God but life is just overwhelming right now. But He IS good and He IS in control.

    • I don’t deal with it well most of the time either, Jason! I’m working on the same thing and am having the same trouble with life being overwhelming right now. If I didn’t know He’s in control and is good, I would give up!

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  3. Tricia says:

    I have had severe anxiety most of my life. At one point it was so bad I couldn’t function at all. I looked to my faith for comfort and found this prayer most helpful in moments of anxiety…

    Prayer for Trust in Jesus

    O Christ Jesus,
    when all is darkness
    and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
    give us the sense of Your presence,
    Your love, and Your strength.
    Help us to have perfect trust
    in Your protecting love
    and strengthening power,
    so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
    for, living close to You,
    we shall see Your hand,
    Your purpose, Your will through all things.

    – Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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