I struggle with anxiety and depression. A lot of us do behind closed doors. And when that happens, I so often retreat into myself and try to process it myself. Why do I do this? I know that over the course of the past few years, when I have given my worries over to God (truly and wholly - not just for a little while), He shows me a way to work through them. But when I don't, I let fear capture me.
The Apostle Paul is very clear about what we must do in these situations. In his letter to the Phillipians, it's pretty well laid out:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV
For me, this is my Life Verse. I refer back to it so often I have it memorized (and memorizing is NOT easy for a gal like me). What are the most important words in this verse?
By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
It's not enough to just sometimes say, "God I need your help." It's such a good start, but how do we feel when the first words out of someone's mouth are "I need you to do something for me?" We encapsulate the situation with how much we NEED something that we forget about being thankful for what we do have, and about being more consistent in the relationship that allows us to lean on others, including God.
Losing one of my children is one of my biggest fears. It's my first and foremost "what if." What if one of them get taken? What if they get lost? What if someone hurts them? What if, What if, What if. Can we control What ifs? Not so much - but we can be diligent in keeping our children as safe as possible. Let's try and hand the rest over to God.
My husband and I think alike for sure. In our past nearly 19 years together we have proven time and again that we are usually thinking the same things at the same time. He just sent a message to me that read, "worrying won't help, but being cautious is ok." I'll take it.