Are You Anxious for Nothing?

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Are you anxious for nothing–or maybe a little something? Or, a big something? Here’s my story–one of a few–about a battle with anxious thoughts.

Be Anxious for Nothing

The index card’s backside was barely visible. The back reflected enough of the white, however, to create a three dimensional effect on the mammoth-sized mirror. The card appeared to be popping off the glass in springboard fashion, almost as if it was floating in air.

That crazy tape. It always does that.

I was too cheap, maybe thrifty, to buy double-sided tape. Single-sided tape, hand-rolled in backwards fashion, had to do. My hand smoothed across the card, pushing extra at each of the four the edges. Just to be sure.

There. That’s good enough. 

My eyes caught the hand-written words quietly sitting on the light, blue lines. They awaited a reader. They awaited me.

Be anxious for nothing…

What the Bible Says about Anxiety

I let out a sigh. My eyes scanned the next line, index finger following each word.

…but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

I whispered the words to myself.

I’m not going to handle this one like the others. 

There were only a few sunrises left. Moves were never easy. Ours was within reach. But I was determined not to handle this one as the string of moves before. 

A ball of nerves and anxiety for the unknown both took part in day-to-day life during our conglomerate of military moves. Inevitably I’d lose my temper right along with the control the moves so hastily devoured. If ever I would dip into a down period, almost a depression, it was bound to happen during a move. I hated it.

Losing control was never easy.

After all, it was really about control.

The 3×5 card was my grip on sanity, a release for an anxious heart. It was a lifeline to God. My eyes devoured every curve and straight line on that card until I knew it well. The Scripture was written on my heart.

I needed His truth to see me through. Many of us do.

In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition 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 thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Phil. 4:6-7 WEB

We may have moves or other changes in life that come and go. Those changes have potential to uproot control, to stir our anxious heart.

But as we choose peace over anxiety, as we take our change, our troubles, our life to God in prayer, something changes. The heaviness lifts. Peace settles in like a welcomed overnight guest. We place our trust in God, not anxiety. It’s somewhat like reaching up and grabbing our Daddy’s hand, allowing Him to lead us down the path.

It might take diligence, consistency too. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but that’s okay. I had much anxiety to offer Him. Many were even repeats. He heard my pleas many times a day. He’ll hear yours too. He loves you.

Whenever thoughts go wild, when anxiety starts to stampede, try saying out loud, “Nope. I’m not going there.” Head to your “mirror”, with that Scripture card intact, and repeat Philippians 4:6-7. Offer those thoughts in prayer, in supplication, in thanksgiving.

And watch the peace of God guard you well. He’s faithful.

Be determined to be anxious for nothing, my friend. Our Daddy has you.


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34 Comments

  1. Beautiful post, Kristi! I’m choosing peace over anxiety and taking my mess to Him in prayer today. Thank you. Be anxious for nothing… a timely truth for today. Bless you! Following you at Kelly’s today.

  2. Love this post, it really speaks to me..I’ve had to move in my life several times–certainly getting uprooted stirs the anxiety pot! But that verse, one of my favorite, has helped me in so many ways during times of change. You’re just reminding me again the power of that prayer in building our faith! I was drawn to your title on IntentionalTuesday today!

  3. Kristi, I love this. I need this. Be anxious for nothing. So much has the power to throw us off but I am holding onto this thought: “…His truth to see me through.” I’m holding onto His truth, and I know He will see me through. Thank you, Kristi, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  4. Kristi, verses on index cards are my favorite, especially THESE verses! I’m so thankful God doesn’t stop us, mid prayer, and say something like, “Sorry, already heard that one already. Move along now.” I also love how the Message puts the last part of verse 7: “It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Thanks for this encouraging post!

  5. Kristi, I love that tip to rebuke it out loud. It’s easy to get used to our inner-talk, and ignore it, so that’s a good tip. “And watch the peace of God guard you well.” This line made me all goosebumpy. Love that word picture. Thanks for sharing. ((hug))

  6. I love this post Kristi! I just moved about 6 months ago. Your post reminded me of one wrote about “fresh starts”. That scripture in Philippians is one of my favorites. I think mainly because I have been relying on it more lately! I know I need to let go of that anxiety and trust Him. In return He blesses me with incomparable peace. It really does not make sense to me always but I trust Him. I am so thankful and blessed to receive your wonderful emails on a regular basis. They are always a blessing! Have a wonderful week! You have inspired me to go write something new tonight! God bless

    1. Happy “settling in”, Horace. I love how God brings reminders…and new writings. Praise His holy name. #goget’em #goGodgo

  7. This is one scripture we should all write on our hearts. . . just thinking it through is ushering in peace right now. Love it, Kristi. I can’t imagine all of the emotion that goes on with each move and each temporary settlement. Glad you’re parked for a while!

  8. Kristi,
    I feel as if I’m always anxious about something — large or small! But you are so right about choosing peace over anxiety always somehow changes us as we trust what God says he will do — give us the peace that we somehow just can’t understand! Love that!

  9. Oh Kristi, I’m REALLY GOOD at worrying for nothing! I never thought of this verse in that light. Be anxious for nothing. Don’t worry about anything. Don’t waste you time. Worry is all for nothing! (I’m on the tail end of a move transition myself, and yes, we do lose control, our grip on life as we know it, when we move!)

  10. The idea of God’s peace standing guard over my soul. Oh, how I needed that image today. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Kristi. I’m blessed we’re #livefree neighbors too!

    1. It does seem oh so strong, doesn’t it, Heather – peace standing guard over our soul. Amen to that for this Friday! Thanks for visiting.

  11. “But as we choose peace over anxiety, as we take our change, our troubles, our life to God in prayer, something changes.” YES! So grateful for a God, a Daddy, who HAS ALL OF THIS! #livefreeThursday

  12. That’s my go-to verse for the Thanksgiving season! For me it takes “prayer and supplication” to get to the thanksgiving part, but am grateful for God’s patience with those of us who have the Eeyore-gene!

  13. Kristi, I really needed to see this post today. I am in throws of anxiety right now. {I am going for a stress echocardiogram this afternoon. Nothing concerning, just routine, but this girl with white coat syndrome doesn’t like anything to do with doctors or medical testing…}

    My mind is swirling with “what ifs”. I was convicted by your words to “not put trust in anxiety”.

    Thank you for the reminder of the verse in Philippians. Indeed, I need to go to “my mirror” and cast my cares upon Him. πŸ™‚

    1. Good morning, Karen. We have a faithful God whose words build life…even in the midst of stress echocardiograms. Whew! Lord, thank you for Karen. You know her heart, both the spiritual and the natural. I pray today, even in the midst of a heart test, that your peace will guard both her mind and heart. Father, I pray for trust to drive her bus. In Jesus’ name, amen.
      Hugs and prayers coming your way from a fellow care caster.

  14. The key to being anxious for nothing lies in the second half of the verse… but with prayer, petition and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. We can’t have peace if we don’t learn to pray. Thanks for this great post!

  15. Enjoyed your post! One of my favorite verses is the one in Philippians you mentioned. Connecting with you from “A Spirit Kissed Soul” with Tai. Blessings to you!

  16. I’m standing on this one right now, Kristi. I’m not going down that road of anxiety today. Claiming this precious promise from God as I enter into the week ahead. Thank you dearly, sweet friend!