When life throws difficult situations at us as it will, sometimes we find ourselves thinking if only….
If only I had a different …..
If only I had more ….
I read a great article from Family Life about coping with anxiety. The article pointed out that having more of something or having a different something will not fix the issues we are anxious about.
Sure, having more money might help “fix” an immediate financial need, but there will always be another financial need that arises. Maybe a different job will remove you from a negative work environment, but your new job will include negative people who you will have to deal with.
The reality is that worries and anxieties are not fixed by “mores” or “differents.”
As I walk my journey of overcoming anxiety, I am learning that the only thing that truly helps my anxious thoughts is to release my fears to God and allow His peace to fill those spaces.
For me, this means praying. A lot. It means writing down my fears so I can see them for what they are… usually things out of my control. It means memorizing Scripture. It means trusting a friend who I can share these feelings with.
Mostly, it means accepting that my smallest step of faith in trusting God is enough.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. Psalm 56:3