Many people on this earth struggle with anxiety! It can become so bad that it debilitates people. Let me tell you a comforting truth: God cares about you and He does not want you to suffer under the weight of anxiety. He has the perfect solution for that problem too! Take all that anxiety and cast it onto Him! Believe me, He can handle it and we cannot! We were not meant to live this life without God. We were created and designed to be loved by God! That is why He came and died for us, so we could have a deep loving relationship with Him for eternity!
I am writing this today because I used to struggle with anxiety so bad that it would be hard for me to breathe and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. It knocked me to my knees many times for many years as I fought to catch my breath as my chest tightened under the weight of all the anxious thoughts flooding my mind.
It all started a year or so after my Celiac diagnosis. As it became increasingly clear that my suffering was going to be very long, I started having anxiety attacks that became more frequent and more severe over the years. I couldn’t provide for my family and the physical suffering was unbearable. The anxiety that caused was immense!
I would be walking through the house and out of nowhere a flood of thoughts and intense emotions tied to those thoughts would race through my mind. Thoughts about being broken and not being able to work, thoughts about the disease and what was going to happen, thoughts about not being able to provide and the future, thoughts of what my kids thought of me, thoughts of my wife and what she thought of me, thoughts of my friends, parents, father in law, and the list went on and on. I felt like a broken loser and it would knock me to my knees as I panted hard like I had just run a mile. This went on for about three years.
The problem was that I was still trying to be in control over a situation that I had absolutely no control over! When I finally gave it to God and realized that I am truly not in control as I watched God provide for my family and take care of my health, then I was at peace. I cast all my anxiety on Him as He was caring for me. His love and care for us are incredible!
The last couple days I have been getting hit with some of those same thoughts. Yes, they are familiar attacks, but it still hurts. I am so much quicker to give that anxiety to God though because I have learned my lesson! I rebuke those attacks in the Name of Jesus and I give it all to Him! He has my Celiac! He has my finances! I am not a loser! I am victorious! I am redeemed! I am loved! I am forgiven! I have purpose! Our family is provided for and protected! God’s got this! C’mon man! Get back up!
I literally cannot stand under the weight of anxiety. None of us can because we were not meant to carry it! Whatever it is, take a big ol’ deep breath right now, and just chuck that anxiety and cast it onto God who cares deeply for you!
Thank you Jesus!
Grace and peace to you all!
Alright, here is some TobyMac to dance and praise God to!