Life can be very troubling. There are circumstances that we cannot control or understand. This is when situations can determine our anxiety.
As Christians, it is our right to seek refuge in God. We are children of our creator, God. 1 Peter 5:7 says,
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
I admit that there are times when I struggle to maintain my peace and battle anxiety. This is when I find verses of Scripture that speak to me, write them on note cards, and speak them over myself often. The only way I can personally be victorious over the taunting of the enemy is to take control with the Word of God. My road to anxiety free life is the renewing of my mind. Romans 12:2 says,
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Dear friends, we live in a society of immediate gratification and quick fixes for everything. There are times when we our battles with anxiety are not instantly resolved. This is a perfect opportunity to sink into the Word and stand firm in prayer until something shifts.
For example, a few years ago I battled a time of severe anxiety. This specific season was a time when several things were out of my control and seemed to spiral viciously. I continued to pray fervently and asked my dearest friends to intercede for me. After what seemed like forever but in reality was only four or five months, my anxiety began to lessen. Since that rough season, I have ministered to many women going through the same thing. You see, just because it was hard didn't mean it wasn't God's will. I believe the Lord allowed me to stay there because He wanted me to learn to fully rely on Him, recognizing my lack of control in any situation, and also because He knew I would turn that heartbreaking time into ministry to others.
Don't get me wrong, my preference would have been to have never experienced such a time of anxiety. I am; however, skeptical that our lives on this fallen earth can be completely without anxiety. We have to recognize the signs that anxiety is creeping in on us and deal with it strongly and appropriately, while maintaining the peace of the Holy Spirit and firmness of the Word.
My Prayer: God, I choose to cast my anxiety on you. Thank you for understanding everything I would ever go through and for sending your comforter, the Holy Spirit. I pray that my testimony will reach many others and would not be in vain. Your Word breathes life into this tired soul. Thank you that it is still alive and active; sharper than a double edged sword. Help me, Holy Spirit, maintain my peace when life tempts me toward anxiety. In Jesus' name!