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Anxiety is the fire causing smoke to fill the room. At first, I can still breathe and see my way around but if nothing changes I suffocate.
In the past few months, I’ve been meditating on the verses in scripture “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….” (Matt. 6:25) and I have been convicted that anxiety is a sin. Repenting of my anxious thoughts, accepting the Lord’s forgiveness is what users in that peace that passes all understanding.
I find myself anxious about my life regularly.
Most of the time the anxiety springs from real life and the smoke rises. Who wouldn’t be anxious when the bank account is lower than the days of meals needed to provide for your family? Should I really be homeschooling and not working? Are my kids getting the best of me? On and on it goes, and yet I am told in no uncertain terms that I am not to worry about my life.
What I will eat.
Oh my goodness this one is huge! Eating is gasoline on the fire. What will I eat for breakfast, should I even have breakfast? What rules am I trying to follow today? The kids are hungry again! Meals need to be thought of, purchased, and made. Every day I turn on social media and see food. Good food, gross looking food, food that’s labeled bad, junk, healthy, and it goes on. Yet, once again I am commanded to not be anxious about what I will eat.
My body and what I’ll put on it.
If I could spend an hour not thinking about my body and what I am wearing Id be dead. Are my pants to tight? Has my shirt shrunk? Did I move enough for today? I’m not sure because my overpriced watch is telling me to get up.
So what are we to do as Christians who live and breathe anxious thoughts?
We “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
Seek the kingdom of God.
What is He saying about anxiety? Well, it’s most assuredly not from Him, therefore, it is not part of His holy plan and I need to repent of entertaining these thoughts. I need to crack the window when the temptation to be anxious starts. Repenting is not bad. Repenting puts my focus back on Jesus and accepting that He told me NOT to be anxious in the first place.
All these things.
Not some of them, or only in part, but ALL. I can trust Him with my life, the food I put in my body, what I put on my body and how I move it. He is trustworthy and I remember this when I repent and turn my focus back to his righteousness. In truth, I don’t want anything less than His will for my life, and I want to give Him all the glory.
My life: I want Jesus to get the glory for His provision. He called us to homeschool and until that task is done I trust him to provide financially.
My food: Nothing is outside of Gods care, even what I will eat. I have removed every app on my phone that would get glory for knowing what I should or should not eat.
My body: Jacob wrestled with an angel and forever had a limp. I’ve asked and asked to be at peace without working out and God allowed me to forever limp. Blessings don’t often look like blessings to the rest of the world.
Seeking Jesus first: I am reading through the Bible this year with a group of women and I am excited every day to read Gods word.
Trust: Faith is believing what I can’t see. God will provide because it’s His character, however, it may not look like it from the standards of the world.
Yes, anxiety can make you feel like the room is on fire, smoke is filling up and you’re going to die, but there are windows to open. You have to do the work in opening the window but it’s completely worth it.
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