I do not know about you, I definitely struggle with being anxious. I consider myself to be doing better and better everyday. It is a daily battle. I have to continually lay it down and I continually pick it right back up, dah. His mercies are new every morning and I am thankful for that! In my devotion I was reading this:
"It is not so much the events that make you anxious
as it is your thoughts about those events"
Wow, I totally agree and came to the realization I do this all the time. For example, finances are the number one thing I worry about, in fact I think it is the only thing I really truly worry about. This last year has been the hardest but the best. We have been squeezed and stretched in ways I would never imagine. Each time I actively waited on the Lord and did not worry, was a total blessing to see how He works. I can remember numerous times where I would look at the budget and scratch my head wondering how it would all work out. We would get a generous gift from a friend just because, Eric would not have to drive around for work(saving on gas), the accounts can go on and on. The best is that even the times I did worry, God still blessed us and showed us His grace, getting what you do not deserve.
"Your mind engages in effort to take control of a situation,
to bring about the results you desire."
We think that if we worry enough it might change something, has it really ever helped? NO, it just makes us sick to our stomachs thinking of all the possible ways the events will occur.
"Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge of your life."
We spin around and around in circles trying to figure out the solution when we are not even able to really change anything about it.
"The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My Presence.
Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do.
I am the Lord!"
Truly, the only time we feel at true peace is when we know He is in control. I am a control freak and this is very hard for me, but when I let go and truly let Him do His thing, wow, what a blessing and a relief!