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on anxiety {too much worry}


I shared this verse yesterday on twitter… and facebook.. and my gchat away message… and scribbled it down all over my office papers -- basically, I needed it plastered all over the place so that I would not forget it. I need to have it plastered on my heart. Over the last few weeks I have really struggled with being anxious.

Anxiety/worry is a very frustrating sin that I haven’t really dealt with at this magnitude before. It just quietly sneaks in and slowly sinks its claws deeper and deeper to the flesh of your heart. It distorts your vision and impairs your ability to relax and rejoice. It tries to take the silver lining away from everything and makes you believe that in every situation there is a sure chance of demise. There is absolutely no rest when those claws start digging in.

I love being pregnant. I love that inside of me at this very minute, during every second of the day, miracles are happening. Yet, it is with the weight of these miracles that I find myself so vulnerable to lies and worry. Every pain, every discomfort, every odd encounter seems to send me spiraling into “what ifs.” But I have to remind myself that the worst possible “what if” has already happened. Jesus has died. But he died that I may find joy and rest in the salvation that was awarded me at his death and resurrection. That should I stay my mind on him, that if I choose to not believe the lies, to return praise to him, that my mind and my heart will be of perfect peace.
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18 comments...:

  1. great post! something i always need to hear. thanks for sharing!

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  2. your words are soo beautiful blair!! and i am soo excited for your little one, you guys will be great parents!!

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  3. OMG OMG OMG! What an AMAZING post! I struggle with this too!!!! I just did my testimony on how Jesus helps me with anxiety! Thank you so much for posting this! Only people that suffer with this can really understand what it feels like.

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  4. You are such a dear and so wise! Anxiety like worry are emotions that do not ever help and are so draining...

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  5. you are not alone! what a great verse to memorize and keep close to your heart. it is SO easy to be led astray with all the lies and what-if's and stories you head and read about. i'll pray that you find this peace (for me, too!) and enjoy the blessings of this pregnancy!

    “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

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  6. I love this. Thank you for posting this today. Every single time I am feeling anxious these particular verses come to mind:
    "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything." Philippians 4:6
    "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

    Have a great day, sweet girl!

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  7. "But the voice of truth tells me a different story. The voice of truth says do not be afraid! The voice of truth says this is for my glory! Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth!"

    His plans to prosper you and not harm you are in full effect! Magnolia's name is written in the book of life.

    Every time the fear creeps in just remind yourself that you are doing a great work and don't have time for doubt or fear.

    "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you? [Nehemiah 6:3]"

    xoxo
    Court

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  8. I love the way you can write out your emotions. You have a beautiful way with words...and unfortunately, I have a very fondness to this post. But, thank you for that verse. I needed to read that.

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  9. This is my favorite verse! it's what my tattoo is based off of, and what my entire blog is inspired by!!

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  10. amen girl! i struggle almost daily with anxiety and just had a long conversation with my mom about this. we're trying to get pregnant and all the what ifs have already started. the verse i keep in front of me at all times is John 14:27
    "peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. not as the world gives do I give to you. let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid!
    blessings to you girl!

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  11. You are not alone Blair! Worry has stolen much joy from me -during and after pregnancy. Something that helped me was to realize that if I worried during pregnancy, that wasn't going to change when I could hold my baby in my arms. There is ALWAYS something to worry about- if we allow ourselves to. I don't want to waste my precious time with Felicity worrying. I'm praying that you live and breathe the words God is telling you!

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  12. amen. and again, amen.

    thank you for sharing, pretty lady!

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  13. This is absolutely the most reassuring thing you could say to me right now. So true. Thank you.

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  14. what an excellent verse.

    I am writing it down now!

    thanks lady!

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  15. This is beautiful.

    Anxiety is hard. Becoming a mother is hard. But it is also a learning process.

    I wish you well!

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  16. I adore your site and especially this verse and post! As we think of trying for another baby, peace can be hard to come by, but what an amazing thought to know that our Heavenly Father has peace to give us at all times. The knowledge that as unfathomably deeply as we love our kiddos, that God loves them infinitely more, is a comforting thought indeed! You and sweet baby are in our prayers!

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