Monday, September 19, 2016

Thoughts on Anxiety + A Linkup

This post is a little bit all over the place, but as I didn’t have anything else on the agenda, I thought I would share some of the thoughts I’ve been having this past weekend. I just got back from a week-long trip to the beach Saturday afternoon, and I’ve been absolutely dreading going back to reality. In a way, I’ve already had to since I’ve had homework to do, but I’m really hating the fact that my somewhat hectic schedule picks back up today. Anyway, one of my homework assignments was on a few verses from Philippians 4, including the verse commanding us not to be anxious about anything, and that hit me hard. I am a terrible worrier, and I’m constantly fretting over homework assignments, and my lack of time to get things done, and how my money seems to disappear before I’ve even made it, but that isn’t how God wants me to be.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6 – NIV). That is such a powerful verse, and yet it is so hard to follow, especially for me! But just look at what blessings will come when we do: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7 – NIV). So basically what God is saying is that if we stop worrying, at least long enough to share our burdens with Him, He will guard our hearts and minds from more worries! Isn’t that fantastic?! And yet so many of us, myself included, continue to reject His blessing of peace by worrying again and again over some of the simplest things!

This week at the beach, I was able to put aside all worries and thoughts of responsibilities (though to be honest I did finish some homework while I was gone), and I didn’t worry over a single thing while I was there. However, as soon as my feet stepped into my house and everything was put away, the worries came back with a force. My biggest question, though, is why? I know the beach is a calming place to be and it is relaxing to be on vacation, but my circumstances as far as what needed to be accomplished when had not changed! I still had the same things due on Monday that I did five days before when I left the house.

Something the Lord is really convicting me about is my habit of fretting over everything, no matter how important or insignificant it may be, and I think that is why He wanted me to write this post today. Because even if my words don’t make an impact on a single person, He is instructing me, and this is definitely a message I need to hear. No matter what is going on in my life, or in your lives, God is in control, and He is bigger than anything the Devil throws at us. In fact, He’s already defeated Him! Satan has no hold on us, and that is reason to celebrate! We don’t have to worry about a single thing, for God has got us covered, and He will not let us fall. All we have to do is surrender to Him, and He will give us peace. And that is one amazing feeling.

Now on to the linkup!


First, I’m featuring Abby from Life in the Fash Lane with her post about an adorable wrap dress.

Second, I’m featuring Cara from Kindly Unspoken and her post about her super cute romper!


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  1. It's always so hard to come back to reality after a vacation. I struggle with anxiety too and this verse has always helped me.

    1. It really is! I'm finding that it is helping me as well!

  2. I am so glad that God is in control and that I can let Him carry my worries!