Hey everyone! A lot has happened over the last quarter of this year. I sold my condo, went through the house hunting experienced, and recently closed on a house! More on that later. During the same time, I started a private practice, took a business class through Grace Hill (I graduate on Saturday, Dec. 8th!), networked with amazing people, maintained a job, friendships and my sanity. Whew! I’m getting anxious just thinking about it. During this process, I realized that the beginning and end of this last quarter was the easiest. It was the middle of the process that was the toughest. I wanted to quit SO MANY TIMES. I often worried and drove myself crazy that I was doing the wrong thing or I was going to be stuck in my momma’s basement forever. Clearly, that’s not happening. So here’s the verse I used to get through it.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”Philippians 4:6
This verse right here!!! A little background… I was in QuikTrip using the bathroom and “Phil 4:6” was written on the stall wall. Now, at this time, I was depressed and looking for answers and was praying “send me a sign”. God sends it to me on a wall in the gas station. I mean, He is the God of the Unexpected.
Paul, one of the dopest writers in the New Testament, is writing to the Philippian Church and the 4thverse is the conclusion of that letter. I say this verse constantly, especially when I get really anxious about a particular situation (like selling and buying a home). After I say the verse, I experience God’s peace (Phil 4:7) and try to focus on positive thoughts (Phil 4:8) to keep myself in that peace.
Psychology + Christianity
Google Search states that anxiety is the intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety is only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all consuming and interfere with daily living. So it’s safe to say that everybody has some type of anxiety – which is normal (Yes, you ARE NORMAL). How can you battle anxiety?
*Changing your thought process. Instead of thinking everything will end bad, think about the good things that can and willhappen. Paul said to do this (Phil 4:8) and I’m a believer that it works.
*Pray.(Phil 4:6) There is power in prayer! Use it. He is listening and wants to help you.
*This ain’t the first time.I encourage my clients to think back on a time they felt anxious and how they got through that. It’s only then people think, “I survived this already” that helps them through their current situation.
When to Seek Help
Sometimes we can’t do it on our own. If anxiety is affecting your daily life, seek professional help. Purposeful Counseling is here to help you learn coping skills and to find peace in your life. Click here to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.
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