Worry and anxiety are very personal subjects. May have lived hard stories and deep struggles with worry. In this guest post, I am sharing part of my story and a few of the things I have learned through the struggle. This post will not solve or prevent your own experience with anxiety, but it is my hope and prayer that it will help.
Am I going crazy?
For the first time in my life, sanity and peace seemed like a question instead of a given.
Years ago, I battled a hyperthyroid disorder. Plunging into the chaos of a thyroid-induced storm, adrenaline flooded my system and I lived on the edge of panic.
It was an agony of slow months before my hands stopped shaking. And longer before I slept more than an hour or two at night.
Anxiety marched in with a take-all vengeance, and worry held me captive in my own home—
Anxiety wears many faces: apprehension, nervousness, worry, fear, and panic. It robs us of peace, making it hard to concentrate on simple tasks, make decisions, and stand firm in faith. Regardless of the cause, worry will become a prison if we do not learn powerful strategies to break the chains of toxic thinking.
You are Not Alone in the Struggle
When worry batters our soul, God is our source of strength. We discover the reality of God’s might in the midst of the hard things. Power to stand against fear is grounded in a present focus on God. Be still and know that He is God.
He is with us in the storm. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2 NASB). He will not forsake, even when we lack faith or strength to overcome worry.
[tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#worry #anxiety”]We may not be able to control our emotions, but we can choose how we will respond to worry.[/tweetthis] Rarely is there instant relief from the discomfort of anxiety, but feelings will eventually follow faith.
If there is a medical cause to your anxiety, be sure to talk to your doctor. Christian counseling for serious and persistent anxiety can be very helpful. Whether you face minor or major bouts of anxiety, these Biblical strategies will help you overcome the bondage of worry.
Here’s a family photo from this time in my life. Funny thing about worry and anxiety–you can appear to be okay on the outside and be a hidden wreck underneath. And though these were hard days, they were still filled with precious blessings.
Join me for the rest of this post, part of the Breaking Chains series from Katy Kauffman. Click here to continue reading for 7 Powerful Strategies to Break the Chains of Anxiety. In this very personal post, I’m sharing the ways God has helped me to handle anxiety and worry. I’d love to know what strategies have helped you in this challenging subject.