I saw this image shared on facebook and this post came flowing out as a result. I’m thinking this tip probably does help since it refocuses the attention away from the fear of something unknown, and on to things we can understand, but if I could take a moment, I’d like to share a little about my own struggle with anxiety.
I’ve struggled with both anxiety and social anxiety for much of my life. And to be honest, I still have my days. But when I found the Lord, I believe he has truly helped me through this. I now use anxiety as my alarm, one that goes off at a time when maybe I am not putting God first in my life, or placing my trust in him.
When I get anxious I say this little prayer that goes kind of like this,
“Lord forgive me for being anxious, I know and trust that you are in control. Lord help my ways become more like your ways. Help me focus on you and others today and less on myself or any fear that I don’t understand. Please help me put both you and others before myself. If there is someone I can help or serve, please make that person known to me. Thank you Jesus for always loving me and for always being there to help carry me through the struggle. ~ Amen”
And then the next step I take is to follow Christ by doing what I can to serve someone else. Serving others can be as simple as reaching out to someone with a few kind words of encouragement, or going all out in a big way for someone who can really use your love and God’s love in their life. There are a lot of hurting people out there.
I just felt like I needed to share this because our Lord and Savior has helped me so much more than the ativan ever did, and I am certain if others out there who are struggling with anxiety take a hold of this, they will be amazed by the result. God is good, all the time. Jesus once said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 8:32 puts it like this, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And he has helped free me from the anxiety. These are not just words on a page but promises made to us as followers of Christ. May the Lord be your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
I wrote this article below back in 2013