I recently shared this with a sister in Christ, and now I’m sharing it with you all.
Isn’t it good to know that the Bible talks about anxiety (Matthew 6:34, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Proverbs 12:25, etc. etc. etc.)? I know sometimes we can read these verses and miss the application because it’s so simple, like a one or two-sentence command on how to overcome anxiety, but really, when we trust God and implement/practice that truth, freedom comes! For example:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:6-7
Pray; tell God what you need (get it off your chest), and THANK HIM FOR ALL HE’S DONE! I think we tend to miss this often. We are so overwhelmed by our problems because of how much we’ve been focusing on them, that we may very well do the first part of this command–talk to God about what we need–but then forget to do the second half: thank Him for all He’s already done.
I have to remind myself of this, too. It’s easy to complain, but when I begin to thank God for all He has done for me, changing my focus to that instead, gratitude stirs up in my heart, and that thankfulness results in the peace that exceeds my understanding and guards my heart and mind as I live in Christ Jesus.
So, maybe you’ve been practicing thankfulness, maybe you haven’t, but either way, precious sisters, I encourage you to practice thanksgiving more often–especially when you are getting anxious about something. Just STOP, STILL those thoughts, and START thanking God. It may take some time, or it may happen quickly, but eventually you WILL experience His peace because it’s a promise!
Faith: we do what God commands. Blessing: we experience His promises.
Do you struggle with thinking anxiously? Have you obeyed the command of thankfulness and experienced the promise of God’s peace? Feel free to share your thoughts and encouragement for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Until next time, know your worth! -Natasha