It’s the end of yet another day gone wrong. You’ve been sidetracked and stressed. You feel you’ve failed. A whirl of anxiety enters your mind.
Will your life ever get better? Why does it seem like everyone’s against you? Will fear rule forever?
Let’s face it. A lot of us have struggled with some form of anxiety in our lives. For some, it’s very serious and controlling. For others, it comes when reminded of past experiences.
While not everyone knows what it’s like to go through panic attacks and intense worry, those that do know that it is a very scary and real thing.
Last week, we answered the big question. “If I have anxiety, does it mean I don’t trust God enough?”
The answer was simple. Being afraid of scary experiences isn’t wrong. It only becomes sinful when you let it rule your life. In short, it’s what you do with your anxiety that matters the most.
That’s why we’re going to take the Truth from God’s word and apply 5 ways to replace our anxiety with God’s peace.
1. Take Your Worry Before the Lord
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Philippians 4:6-7.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When I passed out last year, I was scared. My vision was going black. I was lightheaded. My breathing was out of control. I panicked. It’s only natural for me to feel worried whenever similar symptoms occur.
Does that mean I should let my worry grow and work myself up? Of course not.
My first thought should be to pray and take my fear to the One who understands.
Whenever a hint of anxiety arises, make it your goal to stop and pray about it. You might be at home, at work, at school, or even in the middle of the store. No matter where you are, God is ready to listen and replace your worry with peace.
2. Give Up Your Burden
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Whatever you face, God knows and He understands that it’s hard sometimes. But He also knows that He has already overcome those things that cause fear, anxiety, and panic.
We don’t ever have to go through anything alone. Jesus wants us to give our burdens up to Him. Let go and let Him give you peace.
It’s such a comfort to know that we serve a God who will take care of us and carry our worries and anxieties.
3. Always Keep a Bible Verse With You
This is such a good one! Sometimes, we just need to be reminded that God is with us.
I encourage you to write a couple Bible verses down to take around with you. Maybe you could put it inside your Bible or in your wallet. Be sure to put it somewhere that you will see it!
Some of my favorite Bible verses are the ones I’ve shared in this post.
4. Don’t Worry About Tomorrow
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
This verse is so true. Why worry about tomorrow when it’s not even here yet? Focus on today.
God cares for each and every one of us. He knows exactly what we need and He will provide it. You don’t have to worry about what will happen in the future.
Take it one day at a time. Choose, today, to give your worries to the Lord. Let Him take care of you.
5. Go to People Who Will Encourage and Pray For You
When I was younger, I suffered from intense nightmares. Often, I would wake up scared and worried that they would come true.
My parents decided to write down a few Bible verses from Psalm 91. They read it to me every night and prayed over me. That’s what got me through those frightening moments!
Keep in mind some friends or family members that you can go to when you start to worry. Let them encourage you and ask them to pray for you.
The Bible says, “…where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
Those are 5 tips that have helped me replace my anxiety with God’s peace!
There are so many tips and resources out there to help with anxiety and worry. I encourage you to check some out if you’d like more ideas.
I hope you enjoyed the past two articles on dealing with anxiety and learned more about how you can accept God’s peace. Have a great week!
Hey Girls! It’s such a blessing that we can encourage you in your walk with Christ, however, we are not licensed counselors and cannot offer professional advice. If you are seeking help and counsel, we strongly encourage you to talk to a trusted adult such as your parents, a godly woman, or a pastor. They can better guide you, as they are able to know the details of your situation.