So my post the other day provoked a lot of passion. I received lots of stories and messages of comfort from individuals. But, I need to follow up with you and not just leave you all hanging; I want to give you some support and with the Lord’s guidance, help you. I don’t want you to commiserate with me and feel bad about yourself for having this disorder. I want you to do something and take charge of it! Anxiety is something that we need to fight continually day in and day out. But we need to fight it with words of truth, God’s Word not the wisdom of the “world”. When we let the things of this world overtake us and our thinking it’s easy for our minds and thoughts to wander.
I used to watch the news but had to stop because it was exceeding my thoughts and making me anxious about everything and everyone around me. Once I deleted those pages and apps from my life, I could focus better on the important matters at hand rather than the sit and worry all day. Garbage in garbage out!
I know how easy it is to use this disorder as a “crutch” of some sort. We like to blame our shortcomings on it and use it to get out of situations we know will not be easy for us. We need to face our fears and do things we don’t like to do! Once we put ourselves in situations that make us anxious, it will get easier.
Isaiah 41:10- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Memorize God’s Word and His truth and repeat those to yourself daily, preach the Gospel to yourself, and have someone close to you to encourage you. It can be so debilitating when we are told that we don’t have enough faith, or we need to do XYZ then we will be “cured” of Anxiety. Anxiety is a battle that many people struggle with and telling them they need to have more faith is counterproductive.
If someone close to you struggles with Anxiety, please come beside them and give them the Truths from the Bible, tell them how much you love them, and tell them you will pray for them and then pray for them!