Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What to Do About High Anxiety

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) - "Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus. __________________________

You know those times when you're so excited about something you can hardly think straight?!  Maybe your Great Aunt Maggie is coming to visit for the first time in several years.  Maybe you're sister is having a baby.  Maybe you're just going out for ice cream on a hot summer's day.  Your anxiety level is so high you feel like you're about to burst. 

Oh No!
Then something happens.  Aunt Maggie's flight is delayed.  Your sister goes past her due date and still no baby.  The car gets a flat tire on the way to the ice cream store.  Your anxiety is increased, but not in a good way.  You're on the edge of your seat, maybe literally, waiting for the big moment.  

I'm there right now.  I'm expecting a delivery that I'm excited about.  It may come today, or maybe not until tomorrow.  I don't know when, but I'm so excited my anxiety level is through the roof.  I've even had the TV on all day (and I don't watch a lot of TV normally), watching the channel with the closed circuit channel that shows me the cameras around our apartment building.  I've been watching the front door waiting to see a delivery guy walk in with a package under his arm. 

I can't help but wonder why is it that we don't get so excited about Christ's return?  Why do we focus so much on worldly things and not our Savior? 

Jesus is Waiting for You 
I guarantee you that Jesus is waiting for us to come to Him.  I'm even thinking that if it weren't for the fact that He already knows what's going to happen, He'd be anxious and wondering if He's going to get to spend eternity with me and you.

He loves us so much that He died for us.  He doesn't want us feeling anything negative including anxiety.  And, He wants our focus to be on Him always and in every situation.

Focus on Him
Philippians 4:6-7 says 
"Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus."  
During those high anxiety times we need to focus on God, pray to Him, asking for His peace and understanding.  He will guard your heart and mind trough Jesus.  All things happen in His timing, not ours.  So, focus on that wonderful day when Jesus will be coming back to takes us home... to the place where there will never again be a high-anxiety moment.  

Let's Pray
Dear God ~~ You are so loving and merciful that You don't leave a detail that is not dealt with.  Even our moments of anxiety concerns you.  I admit that sometimes I don't focus on You when I should be.  I often create my own anxiety where there need not be any.  Thank You for Your attention to detail.  Please help me bring everything to you in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.  In Jesus name, AMEN.  

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29 comments:

  1. I imagine Jesus standing beside the river of life with his arms out to me. I hand him my troubles. They turn into roses. He throws them in the river and smiles.. It relaxes me so much. I sing inside my head "I'll Fly AWAY O Glory I'll Fly AWAYYYY!!" "Oh victory in Jesus my savior forever." .." Jesus loves me yes I know' It takes my mind off my troubles and stress for a time.............:-)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing. Many blessings to you. HUG

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    2. Bee, thank you for sharing that, it was helpful.

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  2. Carley, I have been anxious lately. I am not really sure why. Overcome with responsibilities. Difficulty focusing. Keeping my mind straight. Thank you for sharing, Would appreciate your prayers.

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    1. I will indeed pray for you. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  3. franceshd-agapeFebruary 01, 2013

    Another GREAT blog !
    And timely, too !
    Lately I have let my emotions get away from me too often.

    Besides prayer, reading uplifting Psalms helps me

    THANKS for your sharing/ministry to us

    LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  4. Interesting comparison, Carley - good parallel!

    ...hope the package arrived safely, too!
    Well done

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  5. KALLIE1958ARFebruary 02, 2013

    Well done

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  6. Carley, Well Said. JESUS is our answer when we start getting anxiety!

    Awesome Blog! Well done
    GOD BLESS!
    Louise

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  7. Anxiety is what I have been focusing on to manage my bingeing.
    I have been binge free for a month, praise Jesus! Hugs

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    1. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  9. Hi Carley, to tell you the truth. At first, it was a medication called visteral. But, my faith in God also has helped me continue to live on depsite losing my husband, daughter, etc. and continue on with no family near by. I have done this for many years. I am doing it with the grace of Him on my life. He is my strength and my love forever.

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    1. I am doing it , even very afraid at times. Even when so afraid of living alone and in tears. Even when I had to admit myself to the mental hospital e/r for the night. I love you all. But, God! His grace is more than enough. I am so loved like you all are.

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    2. God bless you all too.

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    3. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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    4. Your welcome Carley/ All I think I every wanted to do is make a difference and have others see that Jesus was my friend. Thank you Carley and may God shower down on you so many blessings too and for all of you who read this.

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    5. If God can take me from who and where I was to who and am living alone now and with continuing illness phsically then you all can do it also.

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    6. God bless you, keep you and even if you too have to keep crying through it, don't be shy about it or telling us about it. Just be yourself,.

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  12. I love this passage in Philippians. I try to give it to the Father in prayer immediately, being assured of His faithfulness; his great mercy and love; and his many great promises. -- Hug, hug, Ejoy-Evelyn

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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