When Anxiety Beckons 

When Anxiety BeckonsWhen I was first married, I had an almost crippling fear when my husband left the house. Anxiety would grip me as my mind raced through all the things that could happen to him the moment he walked out the door—car accidents, shootings, machine malfunctions on the plant floor, terrorist attacks.

I have an active imagination. It was not my friend.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?

This went on for weeks. Then months. I was terrified of losing him before our lives truly began. And I didn’t know what to do.

Then I came across this verse:

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

So every morning when I heard the door close and the car start, I prayed. “Dear Lord, I give him up to you. Please keep him safe and bring him home.” It did not work immediately, because I was extremely aware that giving him up to God did not mean that God would give him back.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭I knew in my head that God is good and he knows what is best. My brain told me to trust in God, but it was difficult when my anxiety was so tightly wound around my heart. Over the next days and weeks as I prayed, my fear would freeze me for a few seconds less until it no longer pinned me to the bed each morning.

Fast forward almost three years. Now, when an anxious thought grips me, I immediately throw it up to God. When I give it to Him, it loses its power over me and I can go on out my day unplagued by fear.

Three years ago, I would’ve loved to snap my fingers and fixed my anxiety. But it didn’t work like that for me. I had and have to make a daily decision to give my fears to God and trust him, no matter what He decides to do.

Is there something you need give up to God? Do you have anxiety when it comes to your husband or kids? Your finances? Your job? Your safety? What fears do you struggle with? How else have you found to combat them? Is there any way I can pray for you today? I’d love to hear from you!

Megan Gonzalez

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By | 2016-04-24T00:02:39+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Encouragement, Faith|6 Comments

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I'm a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. I'm crazy for God and want to share his love with awesome girls around the globe.

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  1. Allison Jones May 13, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Megan, I experienced the exact same thing! It started when my husband and I got engaged. I was so afraid of something happening to him. If he wouldn’t answer his phone I would freak out thinking the absolute worst. The mantra “the presence of fear is the absence of faith” really helped me. I’m so glad that we were both able to get over this anxiety.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  2. Jessica Bradshaw May 13, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Beautiful post. Fortunately I don’t suffer from anxiety or think about those situations typically. I struggle with giving up my time to God. That is something I have realized and have been praying about this year. 🙂

  3. janella panchamsingh May 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I suffer from anxiety too and its so exhausting to deal with sometimes. and worry is the biggest enemy

    • Megan Gonzalez May 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Anxiety can steal your sleep, your focus, and your joy. Give it to God and then try to change your thoughts. I did the #100HappyDays challenge and that helped me a lot, it forced me to actively look for the good around me. When you do that, there’s less room for those unhappy, anxious thoughts.

  4. Christina May 12, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Thank you for this! I worry about so much stuff all the time! It can be a little hard to get myself grounded again.

    • Megan Gonzalez May 12, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      I know exactly where you’re coming from! It can be so easy to let the worries run away with my mind. Placing them exactly where they belong is the best way to get rid of them 😀

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