Anxiety | Day One

By: Morgan Eseke 

As few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit my husband’s family who lives in Hawaii (rough life, I know!) We spent one sunny afternoon snorkeling at a gorgeous little cove in Maui.

It was miserable at first. The tide was exceptionally high—which was scary for this Texas girl whose favorite stroke (okay, only stroke…) is the doggy paddle. Waves were white-capping behind me as I flopped around awkwardly trying to jam my feet into fins and pull the snorkel mask over my ponytail.

Heart pounding, I tried my best to swim out through the waves toward David, who was breezily, fluttering his way around the reef. But then, of course, there was the whole foggy-mask, salt-water-in-the-eye situation, which stunned me for another five minutes. Bobbing, gasping for air, and wiping my eyes, I attempted to collect myself as I fearfully anticipated the next set of crashing waves.

And THAT. That awful feeling right there, was the exact reason we went on vacation in the first place!

Before our trip, it felt like I had been treading water for weeks. Just when I though I’d gotten through one hectic, stressful week, I looked up to see another wave of stress, worry, and busyness ragging toward me. And I’d barely had a chance to catch my breath!

Have you ever been there? Tumbling through waves of stress, worry, fear, or exhaustion? What is causing you to feel stressed or anxious today?

 

I don’t know about you but, it seems like the “waves” always get bigger as the end of the school year and finals week approaches. Or if you are graduating this year, there may be a whole new set of worries—squeezing in the last bit of time at home before college or looking for a job or prepping for sorority rush or…

 

Thankfully, God’s Word has a lot to say about the subject of worry!

 

Look up Philippians 4:6-7.

 

What does Paul encourage us to do instead of worry?

 

Fill in the blank:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by _________and _____________ , with _________________, present your requests to God. 

 

How does thanksgiving or gratitude change our perspective about our worries?

 

List 5 things you are thankful for today:

 

One more for today. Check out 1 Peter 5:6-7.

 

What reason does Peter give for casting our worries on God? Because why?

 

In what ways have you experienced God’s care for you?

 

Spend a few minutes in prayer thanking God for the 5 things you listed above and for the ways He has taken care of you. Then, share your worries with Him. He is listening and loves to hear what is on your heart.