Theme of the Week: Freedom From Fear and Anxiety
Bible Verse: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, Lamentations 3:21-25, 31-32
When fear and anxiety have been ruling our days, it can be so irritating to have someone say, “Don’t worry!” or “Cheer up!” They may mean well, or they may feel ill-equipped to help you. But if it were that easy to just not feel the way we are feeling, we wouldn’t feel this way! No one wants to experience worry and uncertainty, yet it has become part of our daily journey.
What do you do when you recognize that worry has become your default? Or that your reactions are a bit over the edge? Many different types of anxiety can affect us—and it can be very important to seek help to understand the specific way it is affecting you. We might resist seeking help because, after all, that might cause anxiety, too! But beginning a plan to address what you are dealing with is so important to feeling better.
Perhaps you have the strength to reach out for help today. It might be just a phone call to a friend to say, “I think I need help for anxiety.” Sharing these feelings with another for the first time may be the most difficult. When we feel anxious, we think nothing will help, and we feel like we should know what to do for relief. Trust that God will provide help and strength for you today!
“Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive.” – Elisabeth Elliot
Prayer: Lord, I know that you do not want me to worry. You have told us to cast our cares on you because you care for us. Help me to come to you when worry threatens to overwhelm me.
Reflection: What are your signs that worry is starting to take control? Make a list to help you recognize when it is happening. Maybe ask someone who knows you well to help you see them.
Some content taken from 100 Days to Freedom from Fear and Anxiety. Copyright © 2021. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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