I found this to be muy interesante as well as very practical so I wanted to share it with you. Once again from this week’s CQ lesson study. Hope it’s useful to you somehow 🙂
At some point, we will all face situations that are likely to make us anxious. When we do, what practical and spiritual steps can we take to react in the way Jesus would want us to?
Talk to God-fearing friends and family about what’s troubling you. Whilst a problem shared isn’t always literally a problem halved, there’s a new perspective to be gained from those around us. However, God doesn’t just want us to focus on sharing our problems and gleaning advice from other people. As the Sculptor of our psyche, He is intimately aware of our anxieties and knows our thoughts before we do. He wants to hear from us in our troubles (Phil. 4:6, 7). He is best placed to support us and to see us through the toughest of situations (Ps. 46:1). If you find it hard to voice your worries aloud to God, try writing them down. Then pray over them and ask for His peace and direction.
Take care of yourself. Even “mild anxiety,” as medical professionals put it, can cause some of the side effects mentioned in the first paragraph of this week’s Logos article. When our body is put under extra stress, it needs extra support. Make sure you give yourself time to unwind before you go to bed so you will sleep well. Eat regular and nutritious meals, and exercise in the fresh air.
Realign your perspective. Sometimes we let ourselves become anxious because we forget about the true nature of our situation. We are treasured children of the most powerful, caring God imaginable. The Bible says that He knows the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10) and that He will never leave us (Matt. 28:20). To truly not be anxious, we need to get to the stage where we can trust God with every aspect of our lives. When you pray, try always acknowledging that God is who He says He is. Thank Him that He is in control, and praise Him for knowing what’s best for you in every situation.
Love and God Bless,