Anxiety: You Don't Have to Face it Alone


On my high anxiety days, I often keep it to myself. Well meaning friends do their best to try and help me through, and I appreciate the love and support, but in truth there is nothing they can do to actually help.

   The number one piece of advice I am given is to "turn it over to God." As a Christian and I believe in God's power. I know that the Holy Spirit is in me. But anxiety is an attack on not just my body, but my mind as well. Actually, it is most specifically an attack on my mind that then manifests in the body. Rationality is gone. And belief is hard.

   When I am under attack it takes a great deal of battle to get myself to the place where I can focus on the Spirit and turn to Him for help. I think many well-meaning Christian friends do not realize this. It is easy to say, "turn it over to God." It is harder to do. Especially when your mind is under attack from something wholly irrational.

   So, while this is a beautiful verse full of truth, it is a battle to put it into action

When I do manage to find my way through the irrationality of anxiety, I have to remind myself of this

Judgment is, for many, the first thought that comes to mind when they hear the word Christian. It is not true Christianity, but throughout history so many people have thrown out judgment in the name of Christ. But that is not true Christianity.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. - Matthew 7:1-5
And yet, I have feared judgment when I struggle with anxiety. After all, if I truly believe in God, should I not be able to beat the anxiety by simply giving it over to Him? <---- That question right there... that is the judgment I fear. I believe God has the power to heal, but I know that he does not always choose to do so. I am the person I was made to be. Anxiety and all.
I can choose to either complain about it and wonder why I was made this way. Or I can choose to live through it, to share about it, and to hopefully reach others who suffer and let them know they are not alone.

That is the message here today..... YOU ARE NOT ALONE! WHEN THE STORM OF ANXIETY RAGES IN.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Batten down the hatches and hang tight. It will pass. But even through the storm.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE!