Worry Less…Pray More

Hello again Dear Friend,

Anxiety and worry have befriended me since I was little. Worry that I would go to sleep and never see my parent’s again, worry that I would be forgotten at school, worry about what time it was, worry that I would worry. The list continues on and on. I would worry so much in elementary school that I would be so terrified to leave my mothers sight because if she left she might die in a car accident. I would scream and cry and refuse to go to school until my mother took me to the school counselor because she didn’t know what else to do. Now, I know that separation anxiety is sometimes a normal thing in children but I had it bad. As of today, I still have anxiety attacks where my heart starts racing and my mind cannot stop dwelling on the terrible things that could happen. Some of these things I know I do to myself and then other times it just happens. Living in constant worry and anxiety is no way to live life. Trust me, I love adventure and spontaneous travels but sometimes the anxiety gets the best of me and I am tired of it. Worry and Anxiety had taken over my life and interfering with my dreams. I finally decided that I was no longer going to be a slave to worry and fear. It was not mine to keep. Why would I want to continue living in a bondage that Christ died on the cross carrying for me so that I didn’t have to? When I got to my school again in late August, I decided to write out scriptures that help me direct my mind to Jesus and it would help replace the anxiety with His perfect peace. I suggest that if you are struggling with anxiety you should find scriptures to meditate on such as Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication make your request known to the Lord.” and Isaiah 41:10 “Do not be afraid for I am with you. Be not afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you and give you help and uphold you with my victorious right hand” and one of my favorites 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Lord has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.”. I have found that when I pray specific scriptures, the thing I am praying for happens. It is like the power of God’s word infiltrates my natural situation and He does something miraculous through it. Now, every time I have an anxious thought or I worry about  something, I immediately start to pray until I feel a peace in my spirit. I continue to struggle with my anxiety sometimes but God is healing and restoring my peace every time I pray. It really does work. Give it a try!

Shelby Marie

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