In our modern fast-paced society anxiety is on the rise, and it can be crippling. I first addressed this topic on By His Grace with Jodi Howe in Episode 3 on Conquering Anxiety. In that episode, we discuss how to cope with anxiety as a Christian. Jodi shares strategies she uses for coping with anxiety, and the importance of listening to the Lord’s wisdom instead of the world’s wisdom.
Anxiety isn’t just an emotional condition, many times there are physiological reasons behind anxiety. This week’s guest on By His Grace Ginger Harrington shares her diagnosis of Grave’s Disease and her struggle with anxiety, and how God used this health crisis to grow her faith. Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear more of Ginger’s story, and what God revealed to her in the process.
How to Trust God When You Battle Anxiety
By Ginger Harrington
It’s the uncertainties that keep me up at night.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, a hyperthyroid autoimmune disease. I didn’t have time to be sick.
I didn’t matter.
Plunging down the drop of a thyroid-induced roller coaster, blood pressure and adrenaline flooded my system and it was months before I felt anything close to calm.
It was months before my hands stopped shaking.
Months before I slept more than an hour a night.
Sometimes God allows us to face challenges so that we can act on our faith on a deeper level.
If you struggle with anxiety, consult your doctor or meet with a counselor to address the cause of your challenge. It’s also important to explore the faith component of dealing with fear. There comes a time when it is not enough to talk about trusting God.Sometimes God allows us to face challenges so that we can act on our faith on a deeper level. Click To Tweet
When doubt pounds against belief, we can experience God in a new way as He provides for needs, gives comfort, and infuses strength. These are proofs of God’s goodness in the face of need.
In the struggle, victory is found one choice at a time.
God encouraged me with these words as I meditated on Isaiah 26:3:
“When you are anxious, your emotional attention is on the problem rather than fixed on Me. When you look at the storm, the storm is what you will see. When your mind is stayed on Me, you will know the perfect peace that grows out of trusting me and is evidence of My Presence within you. I AM your peace.” (NASB).
When you experience worry or anxiety, consider these truths:
- Faith is a gift of God, not some secret power we must somehow manufacture on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Focus on the power of God rather than the presence of a problem (Matthew 6: 27-14).
- Don’t let the hard days keep you from finding strength and comfort in God’s word (Psalm 94:18-19).
- Seek out supportive friends. Don’t isolate yourself when anxiety robs you of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
- Not every moment is good, but believe God is good in every moment (Psalm 103:1-5).
- The more secure we are in the love of God, the more we trust His Heart even in the difficulties and disappointments of life. (Psalm 73:26).
God used my struggle with autoimmune disease to put a little grit into my faith, teaching me that my feelings cannot define my faith. I might feel fear, but the choice to rely on God is my path to peace. Never discount small, brave acts of faith that spur you to go on rather than give in.
Especially in our toughest experiences, holiness and peace are found in each small-but-significant choice to trust God . . . one more time.
-Adapted from Holy in the Moment.
Discover more practical ways to experience wholeness and life-change through a deeper relationship with God in Ginger’s award-winning book, Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life (Abingdon Press). Read a free chapter. Get your free gift of Summer Soul Refresh: 31 Simple Ways to Restore Your Soul, available now at GingerHarrington.com.
A Selah-Award finalist, Ginger Harrington is the author of Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life, as well as the publishing director for the non-profit organization, Planting Roots: Strength the Thrive in Military Life. As a dynamic speaker, Ginger helps women learn practical ways to experience wholeness and healing in Christ.