By Roxanne Parks
Recently I received a phone call that sent my heart pounding. “Noooo!” I thought as my anxiety level started to climb. Suddenly, I remembered two sure-fire remedies for an anxious heart.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God … .Philippians 4:6
Nothing? Be anxious for nothing! Oh yes, but just tell that to my anxious heart! I knew I needed to stop, drop and thank God for being sovereign and in control even when I felt so out of control. At times like these I have to remind myself that He works ALL things together for good for those that love Him… Romans 8:28 I thank Him for being a God that keeps His promises.
So, now, as soon as I feel a knot begin to form in my stomach, I stop. I don’t wait for my palms to sweat or my mouth to dry up. I stop. I’m still, if even for just a moment. If my environment is favorable, I drop to my knees. Then, I pray, thanking God for whatever he is doing in my life at that moment. During rough patches, it’s hard to see that anything positive can come from what lies before me. But as experience has taught me, God is always working in me and for me. I have to live by faith. There’s no need to worry. Just stop, drop, and thank God for all he has done and will do.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus … I Thessalonians 5:18
But you are holy, you who INHABIT the praises of Israel … Psalm 22:3
Another way to battle the butterflies is to stop and take time to just dwell in His presence. Reflect on His grace, majesty and mercy. Lift your hands. Lift your voice. Lift the name of the Lord. I’ve learned that as worship changes my focus, it also changes my heart. My anxious heart begins to beat again in rhythm with His. I gain a newfound perspective, reminding me that God is sovereign and in control of those things that I am not. I have to remind myself to trust the trustworthy One.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid …John 14:27
Oh, heart! Choose peace and do not be troubled! Thank you God for ridding my heart of anxiety when I call on you in prayer and worship. Thank you for your promises. Help me to walk in your truths, even when the battle seems too big for me to bear. I want to glorify and honor you in everything I do.