When Anxiety Stops By

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalms 94:19 NIV

Anxiety. Its weight and crazy tentacles reach into every area of life strangling our senses. When in the midst of anxiety, life feels hopeless and unchangeable. It demands our attention and wears us out lugging it around.

I love that the Psalmist says “when anxiety was great” God overwhelmed it with comfort. Comfort’s definition is ‘to give strength and hope.’ Filling my mind with thoughts of God, his strength, his hope, his love, his peace, breaks the hold of anxiety. It is sometimes hard to shift focus from whatever is making us anxious to God, but when we do, light returns to our souls. Training our brains to go to God when anxiety shows up saves a lot of heartache. Let’s put our minds on things above. It’s a much better view.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim Peacock says:

    Love this. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Patty, Thank you for this! Short but impactful messages like this one are why all those years ago, I asked you, “Have you thought of publishings these or blogging?”

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Ah, thanks. You were and are one of my greatest cheerleaders. I appreciate you so much. ❤

  3. Joanna Eccles says:

    I love that verse in the NKJV- “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Thanks for reminding me that even in the middle of a multitude of anxieties, God comforts my soul and reminds me He is in control of all the circumstances that try to weigh me down.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Delight gives off such a wonderful picure. Great joy and satisfaction. It’s a beautiful thing. Thanks for the comment and thanks for stopping by.

  4. Jeannie Waters says:

    Patty, what a wise perspective you share here. I love this reminder: “Training our brains to go to God when anxiety shows up saves a lot of heartache.”

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you. God is the business of helping us through our stuggles. It’s good to have an action plan that involves him.

  5. Annie Yorty says:

    Indeed, our brains do need to be trained, disciplined. Thanks for a great reminder.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you for taking time to read. I appreciate it.

  6. Great reminder that we do need to train our brains to focus on God because our default settings lean toward fear and anxiety.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I have never noticed that scripture before and can really use it now. Thank you.

  8. Yvonne Morgan says:

    A great reminder for our times. Thanks for sharing

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