Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30).
Finding rest for our weary souls sounds amazing doesn’t it?
In all honesty, however, I’m unable to find the rest, at certain times in my life, this verse clearly speaks of.
I want to unburden my heart, and share something with you.
What I’m about to confess is real, and many will probably say, BUT YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSE TO HAVE THIS KIND OF ISSUE, DO YOU?
The answer is YES I have it, and surely I’m NOT the only Christian, who suffers from this am I?
I am also certain that many will cast judgment, that I don’t put enough trust and faith in God, to take care of me.
The answer again is Yes, I know God will take care of me, especially when I cry out to him, on bended knee.
I do have complete faith and trust in God, but I’m human, flawed, and have a very real Disorder, that I have been diagnosed with.
I want to acknowledge something upfront.
Just because you suffer, from ANY type of Disease or Disorder, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to be ashamed of, because you have it.
It does NOT make you less than, and you are NOT being punished, for something you think you have done wrong and deserve it.
God Loves you just as you are.
However, just because we are Christians, that will not make us immune to sickness, troubles, heartaches, or afflictions. Contrary to what some may tell you.
See Beloved, I am a Christian, a daughter of the most high God, but I have wrestled with an anxiety disorder, the biggest part of life.
I’m sure the biggest reason for this, is due to the fact, that I was in an abusive marriage, for almost 15 years.
To this day, I still suffer the effects from that, as hard as I have tried to break free of it, it still has me bound and shackled at times.
It rears its ugly head to the surface, in the most troublesome ways, and in the darkest times. Yes, I take medication for this.
To me, it’s no different, than a Diabetic needing insulin, for their disease, it’s just a different kind of disorder.
- It can strike me when I’m rushed and feeling overwhelmed.
- It can strike me when I’m driving, and the motion of my surroundings, is too much to bear, due to the side effects, from one of my AutoImmune Disorders.
- It can strike me when I’m worried about finances.
- It can strike me when I’m worried about my Children and Grandchildren.
- It can strike me when I’m working and seeing the pain and suffering, my Oncology and Hematology patients face. It can happen at any time, at any moment.
I deal with anxiety, the best I can, for the most part.
You see Friends, this isn’t something people like to discuss.
It’s easier to sweep it under the rug, so to speak.
You know the old saying, out of sight out of mind.
We don’t want people to view us as less than, or a freak show.
If you don’t have to deal with anything like this, I’m so thrilled for you, but PLEASE show compassion to those, who have to deal, with these types of things.
You have NO IDEA what it’s like unless you have it.
You can’t cast judgment on someone, simply because you can’t visually see a problem.
Just remember that ALL of us, are dealing with things, that the other knows nothing about. So be Kind, ALWAYS!
The sad part is, many may never seek the help, that’s available to them
They feel nothing cannot be done about it.
They may also feel they just have to learn, to deal with it on their own.
That the problems are all in their head or may have done something to deserve it.
Some avoid seeking help, because they fear to reach out for help, will be perceived as weakness, on their part.
Even Christians will NOT seek help, simply because they believe, anxiety is a sign of their spiritual unbelief or failures.
They fear their Christian community, will just tell them, that they’re lacking faith and trust in God.
I have researched Anxiety Disorders, and I had no idea, there were so many, wide-ranged areas of this disease.
I personally have been diagnosed with GAD, which is Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The description is below.
If you have been to my house, or have been in my Lab Bay at work, I have a small touch of OCD also.
I must have certain things in a particular way, all facing the same direction. I just call it being organized.
I know someone who has PTSD, due to serving for our Country.
I can NOT fathom, the horror they must have seen and faced, and still deal with after they return home to their families.
PTSD, in my opinion, would be the most difficult, to live with, and would be extremely challenging.
Please show them the utmost RESPECT, not Condemnation or judgment.
Here’s a list of anxiety disorders that are typically short-term:
- Acute stress disorder – diagnosed when anxiety symptoms occur immediately following a trauma, but are short-lived.
- Adjustment disorder with anxious features – diagnosed when a person develops anxiety symptoms in relation to a major life-changing event – like getting married or moving to another city. Symptoms generally start within three months of the stressful event and occur for six months or less.
- Substance-induced anxiety disorder – generally resolves when the substance is discontinued or when withdrawal from the substance is over.
List of Long-Term Anxiety Disorders
- Agoraphobia – a fear of being in a public place where escape would be embarrassing or difficult. This is particularly prevalent when a person fears they may have a panic attack.
- Anxiety due to a general medical condition – this type of anxiety disorder can be short- or long-term depending on the medical condition. Anxiety often develops in relation to illnesses like heart conditions.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – anxiety symptoms occur in multiple environments and due to multiple objects or situations. Anxiety symptoms may not have a known cause.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – anxiety symptoms are in the form of intrusive, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors (or mental acts). OCD is considered a chronic type of anxiety disorder.
- Panic disorder – consists of severe, immediate anxiety symptoms (a panic attack) due to a variety of causes, as well as the worry over having another panic attack.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – anxiety symptoms that occur after trauma and are long-term in nature.
- Social phobia, also referred to as social anxiety disorder – anxiety symptoms occur in social or performance situations and stem from the fear of being humiliated or embarrassed.
- Specific phobia (also known as a simple phobia) – anxiety symptoms occur around a specific object or situation which results in avoidance.
I have listed the different kinds of anxiety disorders above, but I also wanted to give you scriptures below, to meditate on, that will hopefully help you, the same way they help me.
Trust me beloved, I know how difficult it can be at times, to cast your cares, troubles, and anxiety, over to God.
But he can carry them, much better than you or I.
Satan loves to prey on our weaknesses, so if you find yourself spiraling on a downward path, look up these verses.
Memorize them, put them on a sticky note.
Better yet, everyone has cell phones nowadays, get an App where you list these, and go to for reference, when you need a reminder, of how Faithful God is.
Scriptures for Worry and Anxiety
- Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22).
- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23).
- And He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17).
- And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life. (Matthew 6:27).
- Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:3).
- The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7).
- Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8).
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12).
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
If I can help you in ANY way, Please don’t hesitate to comment or message me.
I will Pray for you and you can Pray for me.
Please know that YOU ARE LOVED and Cherished by the Creator of the Universe, and he will ALWAYS be there for you when no one else will be.
Hope in Christ is our ONLY Hope and Peace Beloved, in today’s world.
Until we are called home to be with him in Glory, lean on him to see you through all you face.
There is HOPE for Anxiety, and the HOPE is found in JESUS CHRIST alone.
As hard as it may say at times, learn to hand your anxiety over to him.
Trust me, this is a reminder for me too.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.