From the desk of Grace Lange,
Have you ever been called a worry wart?
I have… more times than I can even count.
Worry and anxiety have always been something I’ve struggled with, and in the past few years it has played a bigger part in my story than ever before.
A couple years ago I was experiencing the most excruciating stomach aches, and they tried everything to help me, but it ended up being
A few months ago I experienced my first panic attack…
These feelings and emotions had taken over my life, and I was miserable. I couldn’t even think.
I finally got to the point where I had to do something or I was going to start losing friends and ruin my future.
So.. I turned to prayer, and I decided that it was time for me to surrender my heart to God.
But this didn’t come easy…
I have had a few friends of mine share some things with me that have helped me get through this pain, so I want to share them with you today.
- A daily devotional called From Worrier to Warrior by Candace Cameron Bure. This book has given me the opportunity to look at things from a better perspective. It has helped me to turn my ‘what-ifs’ into ‘what if it’s great?!’
- A thought that was shared with me: God only gives us the strength we need for today. He doesn’t give us the strength we need for tomorrow. When we worry about the future or how things will work out, it gives us anxiety and worry, because we are only strong enough to make it through each moment God puts us in… one at a time. Don’t try to be strong enough for tomorrow, because you aren’t, and that’s on purpose.
What do you worry about?
I worry about the future and how things will work out.
I worry about whether or not I am making the right decisions or whether or not I am where I am supposed to be.
I worry about not having the future I want, because of the life I am choosing right now.
What do you worry about?
But… why do you worry about it?
Why do I worry about these things?
Honestly, I do not know why I worry about these things. I have no reason to worry, because God has provided for me thus far, so why would he stop now?
I want to challenge you to look back on the past 5 years of your life. 5 years ago did you think you would be where you are right now? Did you think you’d make it through that hard time or challenge?
Nope.. me either.
But look at YOU!! You did it!! And so did I! Praise the Lord!
So why do we worry?
Take some time to sit in silence and remember back to where you came from and to where you are right now.
This pain and worry that you are feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.
And if you need someone to talk to about your worry, and to learn some great ways to combat the worry spiral, reach out to me! Let’s chat!