Updated: Feb 28, 2019
It's defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
For some, anxiety is simply that. A worry. A concern. And one that is legitimate based upon an upcoming event or circumstance.
For others, anxiety can become much more than that. Medically speaking, anxiety can become a disorder, one that can lead to panic, chest pain, or an overwhelming sense of unrealistic fear, among many other negative symptoms.
Anxiety in any form, rather mild or extreme, is simply no good.
I personally have shared about my journey with anxiety in regards to my daughters medical journey. I have experienced both what I would call "normal" anxiety, the kind where you worry about your kids, or you wander how you'll pay that bill, or you feel uneasy about an upcoming deadline at work; and then, I have experience the anxiety that seems to wash over you- the kind that feels out of control.
What I've recognized in both of these situations is that I do have some control. Or, perhaps God has some control, and He has given me the ability to redirect my mind toward Him when anxiety threatens to overtake me.
If you or someone you love has experience the pain of anxiety, here is a great list of Scripture to meditate on:
1. A reminder that God is our helper.
" God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
2. A reminder that God is with us in the hard stuff.
" Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
3. A reminder to give your burdens to the Lord, rather than carrying them yourself!
" Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22
4. A reminder to fix your eyes of Jesus.
" But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34
5. A reminder to trust in the Lord in all things.
" Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
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