Dealing with Anxiety- Practical Advice

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. George Mueller

Do you have anxiety about something? This is a clear sign of not resting in God’s promises. Does that sound harsh? Are you thinking, “Well, but you don’t know my situation,” right now? I have good news for you! God doesn’t change and neither do his promises, so if you are feeling those anxious feelings, it isn’t because of God. That means it is you. Sorry, maybe that isn’t such good news for you.

Hey, I understand, this is easier said than done. But the first step is to give up your pride and admit where you are really at. I’m not hear to condemn you, I’m here to build you up but unless you are real with yourself and say, “I’m falling short,” I can’t help you.

If you don’t think you need help then you can stop reading and be on your unrealistic way. I’ll be honest with you, I struggle with this myself sometimes. A couple of months ago, there were 4 huge negative things going on in my life. Endless car trouble, terrible twos, and a couple of friends having life crises wound me so tight that I got sick from the stress. That was definitely not “casting my anxiety on him” like 1 Peter 5:7 says to.

Having the faith to trust God is a learned discipline. It is difficult but it is necessary to learn because “without faith, it is impossible to please God,” Hebrews 11:6. So, I’m going to give you a few practical pointers on what “casting your anxieties on him” looks like.

  1. I find that visualization can be helpful. I associate the anxious feeling I am having with something tangible, like a wad of cash for financial trouble, and in prayer, I visually put it at the footstool of Jesus. It will feel awkward at first, but almost everything does when begin something new.
  2. Meditate on the word of God. Pick a scripture that speaks specifically to your situation (I like to use because it provides you with related verses). If you are having trouble in a friendship, think about John 15:13- there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Think about that verse every single time you think about the situation.
  3. Spend quiet time with God. God knows you are hurting and he doesn’t want you to hurt. Jesus understands why you fall short and he certainly doesn’t want you to stay there, he wants to help pick you up. Cry out to him (literally or figuratively) and tell him why your heart hurts, he will embrace you and speak to you. The Holy Spirit is the comforter and guide, he will tell you what you need to do (John 16:13).

Remember, God has woven your inner most being, he gets you. By not giving him your anxiety, you aren’t pulling the wool over his eyes. Transparency is not encouraged in America, but it is required in God’s kingdom. Remember to breath, you can do this! Why? Because we have a great God who loves us and  keeps his promises!

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