Anxiety can cloud our mind like a fog.
We find ourselves stuck, unable to move forward, paralyzed by the thoughts, images, and our dark imagination.
Working through the The 12 Steps: A Spiritual Journey (Tools for Recovery) with a sponsor and then taking a group of men through the same workbook has brought me a great deal of peace.
If you live in Austin, we are about to start a new men’s group and a new women’s group that meets at Gateway in South Austin.
MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE.
Here are some ways to Find Peace Through the Anxiety:
1. When you are feeling anxious, see that as a reminder to reconnect with God.
Do not let the presence of anxiety discourage you or cause you to give up. Instead, it is a reminder to redirect your thoughts.
It is not a sin to be tempted, but what we do with that temptation will determine if we will wander into the darkness or pursue the light!
2. “Take your thoughts and feelings captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Every thought has the potential to lead us towards anxiety or peace. Give your thoughts to God and let Him realign your thoughts with His love.
3. Replace the lies with truth.
Often our anxiety overwhelms us because we imagine an alternative reality far worse than what we are experiencing.
Reading a verse or even better memorizing a verse that gives peace and praying that verse re-aligns our heart and mind with our faith.
Some of my favorite verses to help me with anxiety include the following:
“Have no fear of sudden disaster…” – Proverbs 3:25
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:4-8
4. Call or text a friend.
Accountability is a natural part of our recovery groups. Reaching out to someone who can at the very least distract us or even better redirect us makes a big difference.
Ask them for prayer. Borrow some hope from them.
5. Live in the light.
The best way to live in the light is to really invest in your own spiritual growth as part of a church family.
For more on how to do that, check out How to Grow with God.
Finally, counseling can also be another important part of the process.