I consistently struggle with anxiety in my life, even more so since becoming a mother. I have had real palpable struggles that people will tell me that I have every reason to worry over, but my anxiety is my crutch in my faith. I think as a Christian we all have a sense that we have one weakness that catches us more easily than others. That one quick and easy button that can either cause you to sin and fall into temptation or can so thoroughly distract you from a life focused on God and eternal purpose that you feel lost. Either way the devil wins, I don’t think it matters to him how you fall away from God, if you are focused on the world and not God he wins. My quick button is fear/worry/anxiety/depression.
Anxiety has been a struggle I have been purposing to fight hard lately. I want to rise above and be more than a conqueror thru Christ. I can and I will find a way to fight my fears and seek God when I am afraid. I am not strong enough on my own to face this world and its worries, I need God’s help to fill me with peace, love and strength to carry on. On those days when I feel at my worst I barely know how to function, and it feels like nothing will ever be happy again. I have been trying to, in those moments, just pray for enough strength to face the next day. One day later I will pray again for strength to face the day after that. Eventually I will realize that God has faithfully provided what I needed for the day and sometimes exceeds my requests and fills my days that follow with the clarity to see hope and joy again.
I don’t have to magic answer to cure all mental health struggles, but God does, and I do know that if you are trying to fight on your own you will lose. Only God is strong enough to meet you in those moments, to provide what you need to get you thru to find peace and joy in your soul again. Please read the verses bellow and if you want to know more read the rest of the chapters that I pulled these verses from. I will be praying that this message touches hearts and souls that are hurting that they may find peace, if that’s you know that I am praying for you. You are not alone in this world.
God bless you,
Romans 8: 37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”