Carissa’s Corner : Anxiety

So my original goal was to find only one verse for me to go off of for this post but as I was reading I found several. So we are going to go off of all of them, because why not?

1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:25-31 & 33-34 - “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They neither labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of Its own.”

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These verses have been my comfort for a while now, as I feel like every single thing in life lately is completely unpredictable. Which if you know me, you know that really freaks me out. I’m a planner, and I like to know whats going to happen next at all times. Yes I know that's impossible. Hopefully I’m not the only one. I feel like my brain is on overload and I’m anxious about anything it’s possible to be anxious about and trying to fix it myself just isn’t working out very well. I’m trying to learn to give everything to God and trust him. He knows, and he cares. Nothing at all is too insignificant to bring to him in prayer, and its never a waste.

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I wanted to share some activities that have been helpful to me when coping with my anxiety, in hope that it may be helpful to some of you as well.

*Music is something that really speaks to me, it always has. Sometimes I just lock myself in my room, put on my headphones and listen to my favorite songs and sing praises, it brings me a lot of peace.

*Prayer, try to have your day be a continual prayer and anytime that you get anxious give it to God right then and there and leave it with him.

*Studying his word. Try to find some verses that talk about what you’re going through, choose one to memorize.

We may not know what’s going to happen next, but God does. And its nice to know that we can trust our future in his hands no matter what happens, no matter if its what we think we wanted, no matter if it wasn’t what we expected, it will be what’s best for us. Because he loves us. I really hoped this helped some of you that have felt the same way as I have lately. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks


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A Bad Case of the “But-I-Want-To’s”

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Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.

- Proverbs 21:2

It's been a rough few weeks, Friends. The weather fronts coming in, going out in waves, one after the other after the other... Oh the Humanity.

See, the barometric pressures play havoc with my Intracranial Hypertension.

I'm so dizzy I can't even get to the bathroom without a walker, and even then it's touch and go sometimes. I'm hurting so badly that I find myself sitting with clenched fists, and no medication eases it in the least. That's the curse of IH.

My thoughts are fuzzy. I'm certainly in no shape to drive... or read... or cook...

You get the picture.

I've been mostly incapacitated, with brief times of reprieve between storms.

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I've had a bad, bad case of the “but-I-want-to's”!

I know that I am not well enough to go for a little shopping trip, but I want to!

I have no doubt that going to lend a helping hand with a physical task will do me in, but I want to!

Writing anything coherent is out of the question, but I want to!

And so I push. I push back against my body with it's frailties and limitations. I push with all my might, with a scowl affixed to my determined face. I strain until my muscles shake with the effort.

And do you know what I get in return for all my stubbornness?

Sick.

I get sick.

See, just like it says in the Proverbs, these ways seem right in my own eyes! In not one of these decisions have I bothered to ask what plans God has for me.

Our bodies have limitations. If we do not honor those, we pay hard consequences.

But this doesn't mean God doesn't have a plan for us, work for us to do!

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I was convicted by this scripture this week:
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content
Philippians 4:11

Ouch, right?

Even when I'm stuck holding the recliner down, I can still put on the praise music and sing to our marvelous God. Even when I can't lend a physical helping hand, I can encourage and accomplish smaller tasks. And even when I am not able to sit upright because the room won't stop spinning, I can still pray!

Do these things seem “not enough” to you, Dear One? Do you have a bad case of the but-I-want-to's?

Have you stopped to ask what plans God has for you?

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Maybe there's a friend who just needs a listening ear.

There could be a schoolteacher who needs some coloring or cutting done for her next lesson!

Time to praise God is never wasted, not ever.

When was the last time you journaled?

Do you keep an updated prayer list? This is a wonderful use of your time.

Think of who might need a special card in the mail, and take your time making one!

As our scripture for today reminds us, God weighs our hearts.

He knows of our longings.

And He's given us a promise.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Hebrews 13:5

Holy God, thank You for the conviction in your Holy Word. Please help us all to submit to your will for our lives, no matter what that will is. Teach us to be content. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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