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Anxiety. Does the word make you anxious by just reading it? As a mental health therapist, I deal with client anxiety on a daily basis. Heck, most days I am dealing with my own worries, too! Daily I see the ways that anxiety permeates every aspect of peoples’ lives to the point where it debilitates. As Dr. Neely states, “Each season of life brings its own unique roller coaster of anxiety. This will be our reality until we walk through the doors of glory.” Anxiety is something that will be part of our human existence until we get to heaven. Though this may be the case, it does not mean we have to be controlled by it!
One of the verses I memorized in college when I was going through a really anxious-filled time in my life was Philippians 4:6-7. It says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT). If you have ever experienced anxiety or a panic attack, you know how much you desire peace in that moment. Could you imagine having a peace that exceeds all understanding? That is what can happen when we pray in those anxious moments!
Dr. Winfred Neely wrote How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation to assist us in truly living out Philippians 4:6-7. As this verse says, Dr. Neely points out that “Prayer in everything is the antidote to worrying about anything.” He writes about how we need to have a healthy level of concern in our lives, but that worrying has no place in our lives. In order to truly eliminate worry, we must meditate on his Word and pray. Period.
“Peace is the result of trust,” as Dr. Neely writes. Are you truly trusting God with everything you are worried about today? Are you surrendering in prayer to our God who can provide us with a peace that transcends all understanding? Do not worry about anything, sweet friends. Hope this verse transforms you as it did me many years ago. Want to truly dive into Philippians 4:6-7? How to Overcome Worry is a short, easy read, but is jam-packed with truth and scripture. You can find it on Amazon here.
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