Several months ago I revealed on the blog how I’ve suffered from anxiety for many years. After the release of my self-help book I felt more secure in being candid about struggles with anxiety and depression. I believe that we all get anxious. I am almost certain that we all deal with constant worry or tend to walk in fear. What if I were to tell you that God didn’t intend for the spirits of constant fear and worry to live within us? It’s our duty to stay focused on the present and not be in fear of what is to come in the future.
It’s easier said than done. I say this as I look at my prescription for anxiety pills and realize I need to re-up on my meds. The truth of the matter is we must learn to deal. We have to find safe and helpful ways to rid ourselves of these controllable feelings. (Yes they are controllable.) There are moments when my medications don’t suffice. I can take my pill and it still does nothing for me. I’ve taken up meditation which has been a great deal of help for me. I’ve learned to lean onto prayer and reading scriptures that remind me why my constant worry isn’t healthy, not just mentally, but spiritually as well. I’ve highlighted scriptures in my bible that I refer to when I am feeling anxious and full of worry. Having these scriptures to read repeatedly helps me a lot. I hope that those of you who deal with anxiety as much as I do find some relief in the 5 scriptures below. May they help and protect your spirit and deliver you peace.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
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. – Isaiah 41:10
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. -Psalm 55:22
I am still currently working on other affective ways to deal with my anxiety outside of doctor prescribed medication, meditation and prayer. I will revisit this in a few weeks when I’ve done extensive research and truly have found other healthy ways to balance my anxiety. For those of you who suffer like I do, I am looking forward to revisiting this post in the next coming weeks.
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.