I have been open with you all about my battle with Anxiety. Anxiety has been a living breathing part of my life since I was a young child as it is for many of us and I am determined to live openly with it. I am also determined to hold onto my Hope and my Joy as I battle through it.
I go years without so much as a gimps of this unwelcome friend. Then suddenly it returns with such force that it could become debilitating. This summer has been the worst in years and it is has only just begun.
In January I shared with you how I use Philippians 4:8 to help me keep my Peace of Mind. That was not just something I wrote about. I literally cling to those weapons to fight this battle. And the Lord keeps putting them in front of me… even unexpectedly in a new study I’m taking at our Church (I AM Potential).
Throughout that series I heard from many of you who face the same battle. Speaking out about this important issue creates safe space.
Safe space for others to live openly with their struggle and find support.
Just a disclaimer: I am not a counselor (Though I have seen several) or a Dr. Sometimes Anxiety and depression can be managed without either, but often they can not. Never be afraid to get help. There is NO shame in that. Healing is important and you should use ever resource available to get to a healthy mental place!
Years ago a counselor helped me find a strategy to fight this monster called Anxiety.
I have spent a lot of time this month pouring scripture into my brain as I fight.
It dawned on me that these verses could help others.
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Then I pray that scripture back to God -claiming His promises
The prayers look different with each situation, but they start in the same place. I choose to Respond to the Anxiety rather than react to it.
When I react, I loose the battle.
To respond I need a plan.
I keep it in my phone to remind me how to Respond rather than react!
I turn off technology (Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/etc.)
Technology seems to add stress to my life distracting me from my priorities. Often I need to spend time alone with God or with friends who are encouraging and uplifting.
(I have a few who fit that bill, but I haven’t always. I spent years praying for good friends. God is faithful and will do this for you as well!)
If I am still battling at this point I turn off anything but God (this includes the radio and the TV) and pour in godly music. Music calms me in ways nothing else can. But Worship music calms me and takes me to the throne room where I can fall at His feet.
I have a few play lists on YouTube
that I love. You are welcome to them.
I hope that helps in your journey. Do you do anything different? Or is there a verse or song that helps you? Share it in the comments and encourage someone today! I know I will be encouraged by it!
PS. Right now, my girls and I are working through this cool Bible Journaling Kit from Sara at TheHolyMess.com. She put together the whole thing on the topic of Trusting in the Lord… which fits into my battle right now.
Click here to see what drew me to it!