Winning the Battle Over Fear and Anxiety

Hey y’all! Welcome back! It’s Alyssa & today I hope this post finds you doing well. This week is my last week of school & it’s going to be one crazy week! I hope you guys wrap up this semester well, it’s crazy to think that it is finally summer! Today I am going to be talking about fear and anxiety- something I struggle with so much. Let’s get into it!

My anxiety hasn’t always been around- it really just randomly started in high school. Through the years it progressed, and this past year it was at its worst. I didn’t get diagnosed immediately either- last summer my mom made me go to the doctor for it and they confirmed that I have anxiety. The past year and a half I literally worried myself sick. Overthinking everything, it was really hard for me to just be calm and have fun. My faith has definitely been tested through the years but time and time again God has proved Himself worthy and mighty.

Just when I thought it left me, there it came again. I was looking at videos and articles regarding struggles with anxiety and one of the videos challenged me to find my peace in my faith. So, I picked up my Bible and searched through it to find some verses that may help me. One of my favorite verses that I found was 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.”

There are so many points in this verse that I absolutely love, one of them being “And the peace of God… will guard your hearts and minds”. Knowing that the peace of God is in me as a Christ follower and then even more that it is guarding me helped to calm me down in the midst of my storm. I also found that when I was overwhelmed, digging into my Bible and prayer truly calmed me down. I think it is so amazing how powerful the Holy Spirit is, that it can take me in a form of panic to peace instantly!

Last summer on Operation Barnabas, each team memorized Romans 8 in a speech choir format. Each section of boys and girls had their own part and we very dramatically preformed this for many people. I quickly grew to love Romans 8, and there is a chunk of it that directly applies to anxiety and worrying. Romans 8: 31-39:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.”

The truth that is so evident throughout these verses is so amazing to me. I think that it can sometimes be hard to find Bible verses that directly can relate to ourselves, but not these verses! The truth in how God is for us, and that same God gives us all things, and how truly nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God is SO powerful and calming. Romans is one of my favorite books of the Bible and this is just one reason why. When I am worried about a test, doctors appointment or life situation, I run to find peace in these verses.

I know this post was super short, but I hope that you guys enjoyed this content. I really enjoyed sharing my journey with anxiety & I pray that if any of you guys are struggling with this too that this helps you! I hope you guys have an amazing week! -A

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