After what seemed like a very slow yet beautiful start to the year, I found myself 3 weeks in feeling all types of anxious.
I went from being calm and excited for all of the beautiful plans I know God has in store for me to being nervous and overwhelmed about how I’ll manage to do all of these things.
I found myself wondering if I had bitten off more than I can chew and even beating myself up for things I wish I had done months prior. Like wait a minute didn’t we leave dwelling over the past in early 2018? How dare you come and visit me again?
It was only until I spoke to my friend that I was reminded that my destiny is such a threat to the enemy that it was only a matter of time before the anxiety tried to creep in! The question at this point is what will I do when it it creeps?
I allowed my friend to pray with me and I felt lighter but still troubled. (Sidenote – When you feel down, call a friend who won’t allow you to stay there)
Before I knew it, Matthew 11:28 came to mind.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”
Matthew 11:28 AMPC
So that is exactly what I did. As soon as I got off the phone I decided to spend quality time in God’s presence. Just me and God. To say it was refreshing would be an understatement! I laid down my burdens and felt a lot lighter. Still slightly burdened but better.
Days after this feeling, I noticed that the anxiety was no longer evident. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I have dealt with anxiety in the past and it took a lot longer than a few days! So what is different? Quite honestly I can only put it down to 1 thing. I didn’t allow it to ponder in my mind long enough!
It was only when I submitted my burdens that I could truly feel the peace of God. Why? Because attached to God’s word, is His promise.
This is a short post to encourage you today to push through attaching God’s word to whatever may be a barrier. It is normal to doubt whether ‘you can’ when the size of the task before you seems bigger than your resources. But just like Gideon in the bible, give your doubt to God and don’t just let it linger in your mind. The longer you think on it, the harder it is not to identify with it. When you give it to God, He won’t just leave you hanging, but instead He will give you peace and if you sit down long enough to receive, He will give you a strategy. We want to end the cycle of anxiety and I promise you the quicker you lay down the burdens, the easier it is for you to receive the rest God has already given to you.
Until next time x
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