Readings this week: Psalms 27, 101:2; Isaiah 43:2; Matthew 6:25-34, 7:24-25; 1 Peter 5:7-11; Malachi 4:6

My mom has started this amazing small group the past two weeks that’s linked with our church. She’s the one that’s pulling out these Bible verses (not me). But I figured, why not share it with the rest of the world?

This week really focuses on casting your worries onto Jesus. It only takes about 10 minutes to read all of these passages, but I would highly recommend it. It gave me such a refreshing outlook on my week and I only had to use my anxiety “preventions” twice (whereas I had to use it three-four times a day last week).

Anxiety is something that really has a hold on me. I have friends that are worse so I won’t say that it “cripples” me. I do, however, live in constant fear. I’ll never shed the weight (I accidentally gained 20 lbs this year), I’ll never get married (even though I have a LOVELY boyfriend), I’ll never reach my God-given destiny, I won’t get all As (I have a GPA to maintain or I lose my scholarship), I’m the worst friend ever, and the most crippling of all… I’m a terrible daughter.

My anxiety got so bad the past few weeks that I couldn’t even do homework. I would just sit there. Frozen. My heart beating a million miles per hour.

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

Do not be anxious- but pray. Pray and think about God’s promise for you. When you are in the Word, it is easier to sit and think about what God is saying versus what’s tormenting you in your head.

Pause. Take a deep breath. Rub on some lavender essential oils and pray. If you take anxiety medicine, make sure you’re actually taking it. Think about what is bothering you so bad and pray. God hears every request.

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