Psalm 13:1-4 is a cry for freedom from the war that rages inside our hearts and minds. If we aren’t careful, we will work hard in our lives to manage symptoms of frustration, fear, worry, anxiety, and more while the storm stirs below the surface. We can’t get help for something we won’t acknowledge. Is there an emotional or mental situation that is overwhelming you right now? We know that speaking our truth, both in prayer and one to another is powerful. Take the daily scripture and personalize it for yourself today. Then, take a bold step to write down what you’re feeling or reach out to a friend you can confide in.
Anxiety is faith in worst-case scenarios. One goal when facing anxiety is to embrace and slowly walk out the words of 2 Corinthians 10:5. We must invite the Lord to speak louder than the fear and anxiety we are facing so that we can start to heal and experience the wholeness He has for us. Take a moment right now to write down some of your fears and anxieties. Pray and invite the Lord to guide you to see hope in the hopelessness of life. Revisit that list and cross out the hopeless words and replace them with hopeful words. It won’t make everything go away immediately, but it will help you walk out faith practically.
God wants our hearts and our minds to be whole. When facing anxiety or depression, it’s important to know that it’s not a punishment from God. And it’s not beyond the reach of His loving arms and healing hands. Matthew 11:28-30 is an invitation to trust that God is redeeming and restoring all things. That includes the anxious thoughts and prolonged episodes of depression. Let your prayer today be: “God, I surrender my mind games to you. I don’t want a quick fix to trade in my mess for a slightly less bad version. Instead, I’mI’m here for the long haul. God, would you change me from the inside out?”
How you hear the words, “Do not be anxious,” in Philippians 4:6-7 matters. Do you hear them as just another thing you have to figure out how to do? Another thing to feel shame over? I want to encourage you to take this as an invitation to the best way to live. These gentle words from our loving Savior are a reminder that you don’t need to be anxious about anything. Take a moment today to combat fear with faithfulness—the faithfulness of God in your life. Write down some ways that you have seen God provide for you (nothing is too big or small) and thank Him in prayer for showing up on good and bad days.
What if anxiety could be a prompt toward prayer & community? What if it became an alarm in our soul to move toward friendship and God? Is there someone in your life that you know is battling anxiety or depression? Is there someone that you think may be struggling in silence? Take some time this weekend to reach out and check in on them. Even if they don’t want to spill their life story to you, share some space and make yourself available to lighten the load, do something fun, or listen intently and pray with them for answers and light at the end of the tunnel. This is how we live out Galatians 6:2 in real-time.
TALK IT OVER
- What is the best warm meal to eat during the cold months?
- What’s your favorite holiday drink?
- What are some reasons the holidays can be stressful?
- How have you seen God’s faithfulness show up on hard days?
- When have you encountered the thoughts and feelings of Psalm 13:1-4 in your own life?
- How do you hear the words, “Do not be anxious,” when you read Philippians 4:6-7?
- How do you typically handle situations when someone admits they are anxious or depressed?
- Why do you think it’s so difficult for those struggling with anxiety or depression to open up to others?
- What are some practical ways that you can be a blessing and help to someone struggling with anxiety or depression?