“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).
Don’t be anxious? I feel like I stay in a state of perpetual anxiety. I know it is due to my eyes being on man and not being focused on God. Staying in my lane requires me to look straight ahead (Thanks Martha). No deviation from left or right. Focused on what lies ahead.
This anxiety follows me around like a demon nipping at my heels.
And I am, once again, guarding my heart and my mind because that is where satan attacks. Our hearts. Our minds. Someone hurts my feelings which then hurts my heart. I don’t understand something or I make a mistake and I hear “your are so stupid”, an attack on my mind. There is only One who can guard those very vulnerable areas and that is my Jesus. Looking to Him for approval. Asking Him to protect my thoughts and knowing it is my Father’s Word, scripture, that will build up the walls that guard my heart and mind from attack.
When satan comes at my mind with “you are worthless” I counter with, “My Father says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I know that FULL WELL.
But the beginning of Psalm 139:14 , “I praise you…”
Giving thanks, giving Him praise.
That’s where the heart has to go in order to overcome the anxiety. It has to become a heart of praise and thanksgiving in order to combat the fear and the anxiety. It is impossible to be anxious and thankful at the same time. Ann Voskamp taught me that in her book, “One Thousand Gifts” and then underlined and bolded it as our keynote speaker at She Speaks.
Leave me a comment listing at least 3 things you are thankful for.
One thousand things starts with the first.
- His/his love. (God’s and WH)
- Her smile
- Coffee foam