Thoughtful Thursday: Worry and Anxiety

Time and again, I must return to this passage:

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
(NLT) -Matthew 6:27

I have anxiety attacks.  Not often, but enough that I know I walk around with this burden of my own making.  It is a feeling, when I start to worry, that rises up inside and is allowed to consume me, my thoughts, my words.

I think I can overcome it.  I think I am strong enough or smart enough or wise enough to deal with it myself.

However, I have been admonished more than once that “worry and stress reveal your doubt in God’s will.”  He’s got this.  Just like He has everything.  As much as I can repeat my mantra that I got this, that isn’t the case.  I cannot do it without Him.

No, my worries do not add anything to my life.  They take away from it, these fears of my own making.  I have trained my body to go into fight-or-flight mode each time my circuitous mind grasps a painful moment and works on it like a dog with a bone.  It is not productive; it is destructive.  I am not trusting in Him but rather harming me and being toxic to those around me.

I must remember, too:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(NIV) –Philippian 4:6-7

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