It’s not news to anyone that stress is everywhere. If this is news to you, let me know. Being anxious is a reaction to stressful situations – and often times anxiety is paired with depression – which is the worst feeling in the world. Some people choose to take medication for this not so dynamic duo – but I choose to pray – and I pray so much… long prayers, short prayers, mega short prayers. I pray. It doesn’t make me better than anyone else and it doesn’t mean that my faith is bigger than anyone else’s – believe me! It’s just the way I choose to cope. I cope and God gives me HOPE.
God’s Word tells us not to be anxious about anything. Let’s be honest… we do get anxious and depressed sometimes. Just because we’re Christians does not mean we’re not human. Putting our faith and trust in God is not a magic fix that keeps us more calm than anyone else – but the faith and trust we put in God is a way of showing the Lord that we believe HE will make a way no matter what.
In my 56 years on the planet I’ve learned two things:
- Prayer works and changes things. It does make me less anxious and less depressed without harmful side effects.
- God in His perfect time is never early – I wish He would be sometimes because I tend to be a little more anxious as time passes without the answer being revealed; however, as I keep praying and trusting God and His right on time way of working, I know that things will work out and often times it is literally what I would call the last minute. What I’m saying is that God is never early… but He is NEVER LATE!
He will guard our hearts and minds and give us HIS peace that transcends all understanding IF we will trust Him and pray about every situation that crops up in life. I’ve found that to be true.
Prayer and petition… give it to God in prayer and in return He will guard your heart and mind. He will bless you with peace in place of anxiety and depression. It sounds like a very good trade to me. 🙂