Okay! Can I just admit it?
I am a worrier.
I know that I shouldn’t be.
I know that when I am anxious it is because I am not trusting God, but there you have it.
I am a worrier.
And normally when I am worried and anxious, I drink a lot of soda. Only right now I can’t. Last week I gave it up. Last week I gave up soda for Lent because I wanted the Lord to teach me to trust in Him more and to turn to Him for comfort when I am anxious instead of drinking soda.
I expected that it would be hard. I expected that I would have withdrawals, and I expected to be tested.
What I didn’t expect was to be tested right out of the gate!
No sooner does the first day of Lent start than I had to deal with:
1) My grandmother becoming ill and needing to be hospitalized
2) I have had severe back pain due to a pinched nerve.
3) And problems with my extended family.
And instead of turning to soda, I have turned to the Lord when I have felt stressed and anxious.
So what have I learned when feeling anxious?
1) Pray about it.
I have learned that the first thing I need to do when feeling anxious is to pray. I will be honest and say that many times my prayers end up sounding more like an argument with the Lord at times, but I always end up feeling calmer after I have prayed.
2) Read God’s Word.
The second thing that I have been doing is turning to the Bible when I feel anxious. There is something about spending time in the Word that is soothing.
3) Quote Bible verses
When I am on the go and feeling anxious I will frequently start quoting Bible verses or using little affirmations like “I will trust you, Lord” and “You have everything under control.”
Sometimes it takes a while (mainly because I am being stubborn), but in the end it always works.