…but only empties today of its strength.
This quote by Charles Spurgeon about anxiety is so true. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but it sure can deplete our strength for today.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Google defines anxiety as,
A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”
I remember my first day of Kindergarten. I was five and anxious about making new friends, my appearance and whether my Mother would pick me up after school.
Since then by God’s grace, I have found “tools” to help me deal with anxiety. Each person should decide what works for them, but my strategy includes prayer (my own and others), Bible reading and memorizing Scripture. Also, I feel better when I exercise, eat healthy and get sufficient sleep.
In addition, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of belonging to a local church and the therapeutic benefits that come from serving others.
Most people do experience temporary anxiety to some degree; such as with public speaking, taking an exam or going to a job interview.
This type of anxiety is common and will usually pass.
However, if left unchecked, anxiety can impact our health and disrupt our ability to lead normal lives by affecting our sleep, mood and energy levels. It can interfere with our work, relationships and even our ability to cope.
Moreover, anxiety can become chronic if anxious thoughts and feelings persist, extending to prolonged periods of time, and are disproportionate to events.
Chronic anxiety can worsen and progress to a disorder. Professional help may be needed.
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When we are overcome with anxious thoughts, peace can seem illusive.
Regardless of the type of anxiety we face, we can look to the Bible for guidance. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV)
In addition, 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV) We can give our cares to God.
Have you struggled with anxiety and what has helped you?
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