It’s no secret that 2020 has been a difficult year. A global pandemic. Canceled events. Economic turmoil. Cultural unrest. All atop the stresses of daily life. And your friends at Life 90.5 have not been immune to the pressure.
Mandy Bowman here. I’m the mid-days host on your Life 90.5. Recently, the pressure became too much. All of a sudden, I was overcome with an anxiety attack. It felt like a ton of bricks hit my chest. I could barely breathe as worried thoughts ran rampant through my mind.
However, this anxiety attack was ended in just a few minutes because of a few simple steps.
1. Memorize Scripture
I’ve been memorizing Scripture since I was a child. Thanks to church programs and my own personal interest, I’ve hidden tons of tidbits of God’s Word in my heart. He then reminds me of those treasured passages when I need them most.
In this particular case, in the middle of my shortened breathing and overwhelmed mind, this passage popped into my head:
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, your comforts delight me.” Psalm 94:19 (AMP)
Boy, were those anxious thoughts multiplying, just like rabbits in the springtime. But not for much longer.
2. Remember His Promises
In those moments of anxiety, I desperately needed some comforts to delight me. But what exactly are his comforts?
In answering that question for myself, I grabbed a pen and a stack of sticky notes. Nudging those anxious thoughts aside for the briefest of seconds, I wrote down a promise from Scripture that comforted me. Then I wrote another. And another. I also started to think about the aspects of God’s character I found comforting. Before I knew it, I had filled a few notes with several comforts. I listed things like:
- He won’t let me go
- He is my provider
- He gives me peace
- He is in control
- I may need rest, but He never sleeps
- He can be trusted
Facts about who He is, His promises, and His truth found in Scripture filled not only my sticky notes. They also filled my mind. Those multiplying rabbits of anxiety were suddenly caged, no longer trampling their fuzzy feet all through my brain. Instead, memories of His blessings flooded my head, washing over me with a peace that passes all understanding.
Another nugget of Scripture reveals one more important step in battling anxiety…
“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 (NLT)
I had already made a long list of things I could thank Him for. I just needed to continue exchanging worry for prayer, telling God what I needed. So that’s what I did.
I asked God to handle the things that worried me, because I couldn’t carry them on my own anymore. As I thanked Him for all the things on my sticky note lists, I was seeing examples in my own handwriting of how God had already proven Himself faithful. So I could believe that He would continue to be faithful.
Friend, we know it’s a tough season. We’re all battling fear, worry, and anxiety. However, it’s a battle we can win when we’re leaning on Jesus. By using Scripture, remembering what He has done, and going to Him in prayer, we don’t have to constantly suffer from anxiety. You and I can have peace instead.