Anxiety: Neutralizing A Virus Of The Mind!

Happy Thursday!

Yesterday I pushed myself way beyond the limits. Marco assignments with unrealistic deadlines – staring me in the face – demanding and taunting and snarling and threatening…

It was comparable to opening EVERY program/application on a computer, a hundred windows (or more), until it crashes. Except I couldn’t crash! Even when I unplugged (myself), I was still running. Unlike a frozen computer, I couldn’t find a battery to remove.

I was up for most of the night physically sick to my stomach, from the agitation in my heart and mind, from the pressures of my current assignments and my inability to close the running programs.

It was scary, because my body was exhausted, but my mind wouldn’t stop racing. Thoughts kept coming to me (hundreds of them), even though I tried to shut them down. I felt like I was just going to catch on fire and burn to ashes. Internal combustion.

Has this ever happened to you before?

Anxiety is a virus of the mind. Once it gets into your system, it will not go away until you scan your system… detect it, and remove it!

Read the following scripture verses about anxiety. Don’t just rush through them. Print this blog and read it several times. Especially, meditate on these verses and they come to life, because the answers are here!

Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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.

Thank God, this morning, I made it to my secret place (of prayer and worship) just like every other morning. I played a Josh Baldwin worship video as I read my bible and prayed. Once again, God’s awesome presence has filled this room. Nothing has changed about my current life situation, but I have cast my cares on Him. With his help, I can run through a troop and leap over a wall! (Psalm 18:29)

So can you!

He now has my macro assignments and unrealistic deadlines.

You can give him yours!

He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

His peace has arrived.

My heart is calm and my mind are clear… and happy.

This is my inheritance (and yours) as God’s beloved children.

Here is the Josh Baldwin video I’ve been playing for the past several hours: You Deserve It All

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXc95YNfiYY

We give you the highest praise…

You deserve it all, you deserve it all.

You’re forever the same

You never change

You remain

Forever the same

You never change

(repeat)

We give you the highest praise…

You deserve it all, you deserve it all.

You deserve it all

(repeat over and over)

Your thoughts???

Today’s image from The Medicine Bowl

I just finished praying for you. With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make A Difference!

Chuck

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17 thoughts on “Anxiety: Neutralizing A Virus Of The Mind!

  1. Awwww I can really relate to that anxiety, I struggled for years with it (and still do a lil every once in a while), exhausting myself with troubles and stress that are not for me to carry. Its so hard to give it to God, it’s hard to even admit the load is too heavy. So we keep letting it pile up and smile and pretend everything is alright because we have to have it together 24/7 and chances are someone is watching that we want to make think being a christian is easy. Ohhhh why do we do that?

    My anxiety was the worst when I was single. The movies didn’t help. (They made me feel like it was a race against time to get a man by Thanksgiving AND get skinny and get some botox so those frown lines [that your momma reminds you of] don’t show all the stress of being a single mom for years and years) lol. I used to worry (so silly) that God was going to come back before I’d be in a happy loving relationship, and that I’d never know what it’s like. lol

    God had to teach me that his ways really are not my ways! I would be anxious even sitting in church because I was sitting by myself! I felt like a disappointment to myself and everyone else, I felt incomplete. I had alot of lessons to learn and one was that I was 100% complete if I had Jesus. I had to give him charge over my life even if it meant being single forever. I had to learn to ask for HIS will and HIS plan and accept the possibility that I may be an old lady with lots of cats. It took putting MY plans to the side and allowing God to work in me. I had to focus on just me and the girls and be happy with just them before God would bless me with a husband. It took a long time but God cam thru as always and you witnessed it.
    There is stress, worry, and opportunities we want SOOOO BADLY and we get stuck chasing after the end result that we forget that the middle is where the path is!
    Maybe God wants us to focus on our current flock and make sure we aren’t looking over their heads and bypassing the now issues. Maybe God wants to know that we are able to take care of what we have and really nurture what is current rather than the sparkling possibilities we want so bad.

    The relationship between my girls and I became sweeter and closer than ever when I quit obsessing over what was next and reasoning as to why I thought God should hurry up and give me what I had been patient for and deserved. Oh it was a very humbling but beautiful stripping away of myself and my will.

    God bless you and I am praying for the perfect peace that passes all understanding. (I call that ‘crazy peace’)

    • Mel, there is so much LIFE in your story… and you tell it so well! Your honesty is perfect. Your willingness to put yourself out there… it’s inspirational and motivational! God is with you!!!

      • What you and TJ Payne said the other day is so true! Having a servants heart is so much more that actions. I am praying for a servants heart and that I don’t get caught up in tallying up what I do, but making it more about my heart and being ok with not getting everyone’s approval. That’s a biggie, lol esp. when it comes to the approval of other christians.

        • That was a powerful segment! I’m planning to watch the videos from the entire 3 hours… and if the quality is good, I want to post several clips on the new website. It’s coming very soon!

  2. Loved your blog.
    Love that worship leader.
    Even more, love the One who came as I read and listened.
    Divine connections begin in heaven.
    Sometimes they make their way to earth.
    I believe this one did.
    Glad we connected.

    • “Even more, love the One who came as I read and listened.” -I love that!

      Divine connections… the ones that are unmistakable… they are evidences of GOD.

  3. Wow…and for such a long time I forgot to give my anxiety to God, lived off pregabalin and Amytal and thought they would get me through, but I need reminded sometimes to give it all to Him! Thank you!

    • First of all, Deborah, I love you blogs!! Thanks for commenting on mine today… I enjoy your thoughts and I agree. Whereas, I thank God for medicine, I also know that God can work His miracles. Sometimes, people need a physical-chemical healing (and God can do that). Other times, depression and anxiety are the result of outside pressures and internal-emotional bruises (and God can heal that too). I’m praying for you and for every reader of this blog… that God will give them the miracle they need. Love you all. :)

      • Aww thank you! I totally agree with you that God can work His miracles, though sometimes He doesn’t, just so that we can realise that He will always be with us, and that He will bring us through! Like a lot of other people are saying, I need to hand it to God..and I know He will make it all work for good!

  4. I can relate to your blog. So many times it seems like my mind will not shut down. Happens when it is time to go to sleep. Then the racing thoughts start and then that brings on the worries, etc. I need to learn to give it to God and let him have it and not pick it back up. So many times i try to figure out an answer to my problems and i always mess it up. When God is saying just give it to me and i will make it easier you will not have to carry that problem all by yourself.

    • No more messing up! lol, this is your time of breaking free forever! And I’m so happy we all lived to see it happen. You inspire me Wanda. I’m praying for you this morning. :)

      • I agree. I do not have any more time for messing up. I am done with the wondering around the wilderness, and staying up half the night with anxiety,worry,and stress. Wondering how i can fix this issue or that. I have been through so much and have so much to share. I am learning to give it all to God an let it go.

  5. I’ve been stressed lately. I have had to sort out what is just mindless (and useless) anxiety, and what are things that I care about, and need to be acted upon. It’s hard when the reason that you are anxious is that you care so much about something. But in the end anxiety doesn’t help. So lately I just consciously remember what it is that I care about, pray, and be at peace. God thoughts, and I’ll have to check out the book!

    • Rachel, is this your blog address? http://socalledmillennial.com/ The link you posted didn’t work. I LOVE the blog!!

      Great point you bring up, “… the reason that you are anxious is that you care so much about something.” So true, we are anxious because we fear things may not work out as we hope they will. But, remembering that God cares MORE than we do, and that God is not asking for us to RUN HIS WORLD for Him… that He is bigger than our shortcomings, and other people and circumstances. It helps so much, to remember these things! I’m praying for you this morning. Have a beautiful day!