Im posting this one here in the thoughts section in case I don't end up relating what I say to scripture. ( if I don't shame on me. I should back up everything I say with scripture. Right? Amen someone?) But hey, its not even 5 o'clock in the morning and I'm up and in discomfort.
Why are you up Christina?
Good question. I do not know. I just suddenly woke up and the thought struck me that I should make sure I know where my S.S card is so I have it for work. So....I go around searching. Can't find it right off. Shistlepots! ( that's a good one eh? Courtesy of my career coach. I like to use "fizzlesticks and applesauce". Hey, im a mom. Got to watch the explicatives). Anyhoo. ..where was I? My brain isn't functioning as the well oiled machine it normally is. (Throws head back and laughs) This is me at five am and in pain. Oh-yes- couldn't find the card. Finally did. Thank you Jesus.
Im thinking...other than for getting a good laugh at my lucid state...I was going to post about anxiety. Forgive me if that makes you anxious. (Anyone chuckle at that? Just me? Ok. Moving on)
Alright blog. Pause while I look up anxiety. Don't get anxious during the wait. Ill be back. *hums jepordary tune*
Alright dearies Im back. Lets see what I have in my box...
Anxiety: a feeling of worry nervousness or unease typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Woe! Did anyone's mind just get blown? Let us dissect this.
"A feeling of worry"
Worry: to give way to anxiety or unease, allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. ( don't you just love Google? Yes, I do too. But let us not make it our idol eh? God is still our ultimate source for information)
So before you can be anxious, you have to worry. Because to worry is to give way to anxiety. Worrying precedes anxiety. So when you feel yourself start to worry you can catch yourself before you develop anxiety. Ahhh.
Let's look at the word dwell. "To allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles"
Dwell: 1.to live in or at a specified place. 2. To think speak or write at length about a particular subject especially one that is a source of unhappiness anxiety or dissatisfaction
Did you see that word again? Anxiety.
So...when you worry you are dwelling-living in, speaking, writing and talking at Length about your troubles. When you worry you're allowing your troubles your worries or your dissatisfaction come dwell inside you and you dwell in it. You're allowing it to be your focus. Then after you've worried some it turns into anxiety. Oh my.
Philippians 4:6-7 states " do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Hey look, its God's word! Here to save the day! Lets look deeper in this verse shall we?
( are you glad you stayed? I am glad you came)
"Do not be anxious" we call that you have already worried. Isn't it just stressful?) ok then God. *flips anxiety switch to off* done. Don't we wish it was that easy? But its not. We have to meditate- we have to dwell- live in, think speak or write at length about- God's word. Trusting in it and living it putting it into use takes time and effort and study on our part. If you are working on getting there don't be discouraged. I am working on getting there too. And let's make a deal not to look at how far we have yet to go. But to look back and see where we have been and how far we have come. Even if we're inching along.
" the peace of God, which transcends all understanding..."
Let's stop for a minute- we are not just talking about any peace here. Like the kind of Peace you get when the kids are asleep so you're run the bubble bath and slip-on in and go "ahhhhhh". Now that is peace. I know those moments. But this verse does not refer to that type of peace. This verse refers to the type of peace when your toddlers are screaming all over the place and your bills are barely getting paid, and your health isn't what it should be, and the gas tank is low, and the family is in dysfunction... and the dog ran away... it is just a horrible day and you're ready to pull your hair out. But you don't because you trust and have faith- because you lean on and rely on God's word. So in midst of all the chaos you can keep your calm. It does not steal your joy because you know that God is in control and God is good all the time. Peace. God's peace. Makes my peace from taking a bath looks so insignificant doesn't it? Who wants a piece of God's peace? See what I did there? Ahhh. Well I don't just want a piece I want all of it. Matter of fact I want God peace to come and well in me and I in it. While I'm at it I want the Holy Spirit to come dwell in me. Take away all of me and fill me with You Lord. That is the kind of peace that this verse refers to.
" which transcends all understanding"
You know it's like God's love- it is so unmeasurable-so vast- we will never fully understand just how much He loves us. His peace " transcends all understanding". Hey we aren't meant understand everything if we knew everything why would we need God? Just relax, don't be anxious, except that you won't understand everything, and accept His peace today.
"Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
Let's put on our armor! Our full armor of God. His peace guards our hearts and minds! See how important that peace is? And that piece I get from slipping into the hot bath- it feels good but it doesn't guard my heart or my mind. Mercy. God's peace.
This picture a big burly body guard and he is wearing a black T-shirt with " God's peace" on it. And he's standing outside your heart and your mind. And here come along "worry" and "anxiety". And "worry" says to "anxiety",
" you hold off, you can't get in until after me. I'll take care of this guy. We will be dwelling here before you know it."
Ting ting. Full armor.
That big burly body guard (would bouncer be more appropriate? Eh) known as God's peace stops "worry" in his place.
" sorry your name's not on the list. Worry has no place here. Not while Im around."
Bye worry and anxiety. You're not dwelling here. This heart and mind are for God, there is no room for you.
Lets recap. To worry means to give way to anxiety or unease. Give way? As in...we let it come in? We allow it? Ooohhh
Knock knock...*checks peephole*
"Its me, Worry and my pal anxiety. Can we all talk? We see you in there..."
Don't answer that.
Worry proceeds anxiety. And anxiety is a feeling of worry nervousness unease typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Oh my. Lets look at the word "imminent"
Imminent: about to happen impending close
About to. Has not happened yet. Well then...what's the problem? Why having xiety over something that hasn't happened yet!? My goodness! Now doesn't that just sound foolish? Nod your head yes because that is the answer.
It hasn't happened yet.
...uncertain. Hmmm. So that means I could choose to be worried or anxious or stressed out about how a situation might end... notice I said choose. Or...I can put on my armor. This is an imminent event with an uncertain outcome. It is up coming and we don't know how it will end yet. So lets put on our armor, get in God's peace and believe we will get through victorious.
Don't be anxious over something that hasn't happened yet. Focus on the moment you are in. We only have right now. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn't promised. So what are you left with? Right now. And you can't be in the moment if you are worrying yourself and stressing yourself and letting anxiety in, dwelling on what May happen sometime in the near or distant future! I'm not saying that you never prepare for the future and that you never plan. (Though, I am not a planner. I play by ear. Its makes me more relaxed in some ways but also has its drawbacks) But you don't...ha...ready? You don't -Dwell-in the future. You don't Dwell in the past. You are right here right now in this moment. I'm not saying either that we forget about the past because it is important to learn from it. But you don't live there. All those mistakes...every horrible thing you did, honey lay it down. That is your past. Not your present or your future. Also may I add that all those things you did, even if they were unspeakable, that is What you did. Not Who you are. As Joyce would say "We have to keep our who and our do straight." There is what we Do or have Done and there is Who we are. But, this can be another post, I am off topic.
I like a quote from "Kung Fu panda" (hey, im a mom, get used to this stuff)
" yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why they call it the present."
Come on, that's beautiful isn't it? The turtle says that to Po under the peach tree. I happen to love it. ( and you love it too if you know what's good for you! Kidding! Kidding!)
Look! Look! God's word is about to make another appearance! Ooooh
" for I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you a hope and a future."
Sorry everybody apparently when I researched the scripture I only wrote down that it came from Jeremiah. So...just read all of Jeremiah and you'll come across it. You're welcome.
See, our futures are save in God's hands. ( I covered this specific scripture more in detail and a previous blog. Go forth and read it lol if you haven't already) (shameless plug? You bet. The truth shall set us free). So lets focus on our present shall we? God shows us mercy and bestows forgiveness for our past. He places our sins behind His back. He works all things, this includes our past, all those mistakes and everything that we worried and stressed about, for our good.
Scripture? You bet!
" and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to his purpose."
See, no need to dwell on the past. God was right there with You through all that. He knew then what was going to happen. He knit you together in your mother's womb. He knew, knows and will continue knowing you intimately. Better than you knew yourself. He knew all your perfectly imperfect "flaws". He knew all the choices you would make and all the times you wouldn't listen. And He has been your God through all of it. " he will never leave you nor forsake you" ( ladies and gentlemen that was a spontaneous scripture quote and I don't know where it's from). No matter what went down in your past, God can break those chains, He places your sins behind His back, and He works All of it (ALL of it? Yeah, didn't you see the scripture quote? Romans 8:28 btw) for your good because you love Him. Phew.
So... no more anxiety about the past. No more dwelling in it. It can't be changed. It can be learned from. And most of it if not all of it was probably used to shape our character. He is forever molding us. We stay on the potters wheel. I love "unfinished" by mandisa. "His work in me ain't through I'm just unfinished." Oh my. Amen. Im not finished. They say the painter is only finished when he puts down the brush. Im glad God still has His in His hand.
" for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future"
( let's all play along and pretend the correct quotations and commas and everything else are in there. Just...just humor me alright. Its nearly 7 am. I've been awake blogging to you beautiful people for like three weeks here. Lol mine's you it was not even 5 a.m. when I started. Can you say dedicated? Can you say sleep deprived?)
Plans... for a hope and a future. Rest assured God did not just make a doodle on a napkin. He has blueprints. Its planned out in Detail. He is loving and all-knowing and he didn't miss a thing. (Lets pretend that h is capital because I don't feel like fighting the cursor).
Making a final appearance-more of God's word! Get excited
" and now a lord for what do I wait? My hope is in You."
Are you waiting for something to come to pass? Maybe you're waiting for answers. Whatever you were waiting for do not do it with anxiety. Remeamber that anxiety is a feeling of worry nervousness are on ease typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.( again use your imagination to place those commas there when I use the speaker it doesn't put commas.) Wait with peace. God's peace. Wait with patience and with hope. Remember that the outcome is uncertain. So don't be pessimistic be optimistic!
Lets wrap this baby up. To review worry gives way to anxiety or unease. Anxiety is a feeling of worry nervousness or unease about an event that hasn't even happened yet! God's word tells us do not be anxious but be in prayer and petition with Thanksgiving! And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and Minds in Christ Jesus. Our hope is in Him! Worry and anxiety have no place in us when we are in his peace and protected by his full armor. Our past cannot be changed, it can be learned from, and has serve to shape us into the people we are today. Tomorrow is not promised. So live for today.
Id like to end saying that I know a lot of people suffer from severe anxiety. I've been one of them. I took meds for it. I have much less anxiety now but when I was younger it was bad enough that at times when I was anxious Id hurt myself in some small way. Not cutting or anything. I would dig my nails into my arm or things like that. Trying to take the focus off the anxiety. But, as we see by how God tells us not to be anxious, anxiety is not of God. ( I know you told me this last night. You know who you are and I know at some point you'll read this.) Now, there is nothing wrong with getting help from a doctor or therapist when we need it. That is what they are there for. I've done it. I have been to counseling and I have been on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds. The only thing is, those are treatments. God is the cure. Ill offer two more scriptures here to briefly touch on that for those waiting to be cured. ( remember Psalm 39:7)
" for Nothing is Impossible with God"
Sorry I don't remember where exactly that's from. And
" therefore I tell you believe whatever you ask for in prayer and you shall receive it." mark 11:24
Meditate on those and maybe after I do some more research of scripture I will come back and do another blog about healing and waiting for cures. Just be patient with me on that one.
Can you believe this long...loooonnnnggg blog came out of mistaken eye color? Heh. It is funny because that little voice in my head said..." don't say that". But I did. Foot right into mouth. (I hope you read this so you can see the effect knowing you has had on me. Im in the word more and my blogs are on fire! Right? *voice shrinks* right? I don't know how to explain other than it must be God). See, He can take anything, All things, and work them for good. Even me embarrassing myself. Isn't that beautiful? How comforting it is how beautiful it is that everything serves a Divine Purpose. Beautiful beautiful purpose. Yes, that will be another blog.
And yes, eventually I will write that thread about prophets verses psychics. So don't nag me. ( You Know Who You Are).
Be blessed. And whenever possible be a blessing.
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