Consumed Thoughts

Letting your thoughts become consumed with your needs is a sure-fire way to be drawn straight into the worrying trap.

I have dealt with anxiety. So, with that being said, I know exactly what it feels like to be a “worry-wart”. I’ve also learned some of my triggers that sets the anxiety up. It has everything to do with a little thing called “ME-syndrome”. (I made it up, so don’t bother looking in WebMD.)

If I want to get drawn straight into the worrying trap, alls I have to do is allow my thinking to get consumed by the things that “I need”. Oh, and everything I must do in order to meet those needs! 

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Ah, the worrying trap..we’re old friends. Do you know of it? That place where you’re tormented by your own awful thoughts? I think I’ve seen a few of you frequenting it in my own visits, no? Good ol’ Anxiety Blvd. Neat place. 

For kicks, while I’m visiting, I then like to grab ahold of myself, plus whatever issue is going on, and make some attempts at taking charge. Like the lady boss I am. Ahem. A piece of advice? Such a bad idea! 

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What I didn’t realize, during this particular time of my life, was that my worrying was just a symptom of my faith that was lacking. I was way too busy questioning everything I’ve known to be true – such as, the promises given to me in Scripture. What it really came down to, was that I doubted whether God would actually come through for me. 

I don’t know who would ever choose to keep living there on Anxiety Blvd. Thank goodness, I found a solution on how to get the heck out of there!

In order to overcome the anxiety, what worked for me, was shifting my focus off of what I “needed” and instead casting those concerns onto the One who already knows what all of my needs are. 

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During some of my biggest scenes of worrying, I recall talking to myself became kind of my thing. Super exciting conversation! IF you enjoy those rides where you spin around (and around) on them, going absolutely nowhere – except in a hunchback position preparing for what you’re about to up-chuck. 

Living in a constant state of worry was suffocating all of the life right out of me. Chaos, at its finest, was taking place! And I much prefer experiencing a life of peace. 

If that’s true, if I really crave that sense of peacefulness, then there really was no question of what I had to do: I needed to get on my knees and start praying! 

Now, I have always prayed. Daily, actually. But at this point in time, what I needed was to take it a step further. Which, for me, was kneeling in a quiet room and laying it all out there for God. 

I began to also learn to spot the telltale signs of chaos attempting to worm its way in. Then, immediately redirect them suckers. I had gotten to a place of refusal. There wasn’t going to be one more second I allowed my anxiety to steal the show. 

And again, the key was prayer. Giving every “but what if” to God in honest, heartfelt, on my knees prayer. Sometimes repetitively! And I’ll keep doing it, too! When you find a tried-and-true method to overcome something, letting it consume you again would be, well, chaotic… 

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Life of Worship, Even Through the Pain

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They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble. Job 14:22 NLT

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We’ve all been there at some point. You know – when you find yourself all alone and wondering where in Heavens did God vanish to. What did we do wrong? 
I’ve found this to be an extremely important moment to cling onto remember His promises, and know, that He’s not One that will ever break a promise; to worship Him because of who He is and not how I feel. God’s working for me in every second of every day, whether I can see Him or not. Continuous communication with Him is key, even throughout the difficulties I face. Especially throughout the difficulties I face.

When we feel so far away from God, we can’t imagine there ever being a way of getting back to living a life of worship – even then, in those very moments of our despair, we must do everything possible to hold onto our faith. Grip it by your fingernails if you must. 

I heard some powerful messages and testimonies, ones of perseverance, that gave me an extreme amount of comfort during a very dark time in my walk. So, even if you don’t have the energy: to bear going to church, to read a devotional, to listen to it. There’s messages that God has lined up specifically for you, through your worship of him. 

Keep on going, friend. I was made to do some great things and YOU were made to do some great things! Don’t let any B.S. lies running through your head try and tell you otherwise. 

Is it going to be hard? Absolutely. Is it going to test everything that you’ve ever believed? Count on it!’ll come out stronger, more beautiful (battle wounds and all) and with another piece to your story. Your story is the very reason you were created. Because you see – YOUR story, the one of perseverance and of living a life of worship – even if it’s forced worship to start – is quite possibly the one that’ll give ONE other person the strength THEY’RE needing, to hold on and to keep fighting the good fight

I know that may not hold a lot of value to you in the moment, if you’re in the valley now. Trust me. More importantly, trust God. He wants to give you life, one that you can live to the absolute fullest. One more day, put your faith in Him. And tomorrow, one more day again. Until…One more day until. Until you can look ahead and see it..that bright light shining on your future, and you’re able to smile, knowing: another promise that God didn’t break. Another kept promise that made a way for you. 

When darkness engulfs us, it’s easy to accept that we’ve been beaten. Satan is counting on us to be accepting of it. 

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:3

Remember though, that we’re NOT the sons and daughters of the One who collapses into despair; but we’re the children of He who is victorious over the enemy! He’s already won. WE are victorious. It’s in our genes. Walk in the victory that’s part of your inheritance!