Celebrations. New goals. Reflecting on what’s been.

For most, the onset of spring is a time to look back with satisfaction and look forward with eager expectation.

But for some, this change of seasons can bring an onslaught of anxiety. We seem to cast off comfort and familiarity, trading them for all things new and unfamiliar. Even things we look forward to—such as new goals, challenges, jobs, and upcoming family changes, the anticipation of forthcoming weddings, births, milestone birthdays, and other celebrations—can bring dreadful feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, and apprehension.

Moving toward unknown situations can spur a level of unease. We’re moving out of a season of less sunlight, fewer outdoor activities, and healthy farm-to-table food options which left us feeling sluggish and ill-equipped to battle heightened fear and angst.

Finding the Right Focus

During any time of year, one significant way to calm anxiety is to fix our focus firmly on the Lord. It’s important to remember that when we feel anxious we’re allowing our circumstance to take a higher priority in our lives than the character God and our relationship and reliance on Him. The solution is to refocus and allow God’s truth to fill our hearts and minds.

Today we kick off a short blog series titled 7 Days toward Calming Anxiety. Each day in the upcoming week, we’ll examine a Bible verse in which the Holy Spirit points us toward the peace and calm we experience in the Lord’s presence.

Calm Anxiety with Today’s Verse

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment (HCSB).

In different Bible translations, the term fearfulness is expressed as fear, timidity, and even cowardice. It conveys a lack of bravery, courage, and confidence. The Lord did not give us such a disposition. Instead, as this verse teaches, God provides us with a spirit of power, love, and sound judgment.

We do not find power in our own strength, but through the power of Jesus Christ that resides in us. This is the same power that raised our Lord from the dead (see Ephesians 1:19-20). It is capable of far more than we can imagine, giving us the strength to face all circumstances and accomplish all that we encounter.

God gives us love, which is the greatest of Christian qualities. It’s not fleshly, emotion-based love, rather it’s the perfect love of Christ, which as 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (HCSB).  This love helps us withstand trails, difficulties, fears, and anxiety.

Lastly, God provides sound judgment, sometimes translated as self-control. This pertains to our thoughts as much as our actions. Because we have the mind of Christ, we have the divinely-given ability to see ourselves as Jesus does: powerful and able as we walk in His strength.

As your stay mindful today in calming anxiety, work toward memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7.  Write it on a notecard or in your journal, then say it repeatedly until it begins to sink deep into not only your mind but your spirit. Let the truth of God wash over your anxiety and bring you His perfect peace.

Have a blessed, calm, and peaceful day as you allow the Word of the Lord to give you strength.

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Danell

    I always have to remind myself that just because I have anxiety does not mean I have to ‘be anxious’ The more I make the conscious choice to set aside fear and anxiety, the more power God gives me over it. Love this post!

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Thanks so much, Danell. God cares for us always. We can rest in His goodness! Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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  2. Lesley

    This is a great idea for a series! It is so important to remember that our anxiety does not come from God and that he gives us the power to fight against it.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Thank you, Lesley. God is never the source of our anxiety and is the only One who can bring us healing and wholeness as we trust in Him to overcome. I’m grateful every day that He provides the strength and power to press through. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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  3. Becky Beresford

    I love this verse! God always uses it to refocus my thoughts on what is real and true. Thank you for these encouraging words. It helped my anxious heart today.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      Amen, Becky. God’s word can powerfully transform our thoughts. Hope you have a blessed and very calm day!

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  4. Aminata Coote

    I love this verse, Cathy. I always find it a good reminder whenever I feel fearful about something.

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      I love it too, Ami! Thanks for stopping by today. It’s great to see your smiling face! 🙂

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  5. Dr. K. Lee Banks

    I also just blogged about dealing with anxiety as we face this new year. It is easy to allow anxiety and fear to overwhelm us, UNLESS we allow God to handle things for us, and face one day at a time. I like the quote I used in a graphic on my blog, by Max Lucado, from “Traveling Light.” He said, “The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.”

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    • Cathy McIntosh

      What a great quote! Max Lucado has a way of communicating profound and deep ideas in light and easy-to-grasp ways. Thanks for sharing! I hope you’ll drop by again soon!

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