Grow :: #Write31Days #5mfw (Day 17) www.boldlytanya.com

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“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs” (Mat 6:26-32 NLT)

//I have what is commonly referred to as chronic anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder. I take medication and see a therapist once a week. I know it is kinda taboo in our Christian culture where we are to “worry about nothing” (Phil 4:7-8) and “count it all joy” (James 1:2). But the brain is a physiological part of our body. There are mechanics to it, allowing it to function correctly. Mine is off kilter and the chemicals running it are out of whack. No more, and no less. In the same way I would get treated for any other chronic illness; I get treated for anxiety. Through treatment, the fog lifts. Instead of fumbling and feeling my way around, scared to death of what may be lurking in it, I can see the ground and find Truth.

Now, verses like these are powerful both as tools for treatment and as pillars of my faith. Before therapy, they made me feel inadequate. Like I was failing as a Christian because I couldn’t stop worrying. But, I am learning how to adjust my thoughts.

This verse isn’t meant to drive us away from God by pointing out our weakness or failure. It is intended to draw us closer to God. It is the baseline. It is the anchor to which we cling to keep from being carried away by fear. It is the rock upon which we build our new thinking.

I am finally discerning reality instead of catastrophizing every possibility because of verses like this. When the rat wheel of anxiety tries to suck me in, I can stop, take a deep breath, and ground myself in God’s truth. I don’t need to have all the answers because God has them. I don’t need to prove my worth because I am valuable to God. I don’t need to worry because my heavenly Father knows all my needs. //