How to replace anxiety with peace.

Anxiety is a feeling and it's very common in our nature. However, anxiety can be dangerous if it's not treated correctly. There are many options in the world like psychologist or psychiatrists many people look for help. Looking for help is the right thing to do, but we must seek guidance and help in the word of God. In the bible and in our relationship with God we can find the solution to this problem. Let's learn a little about how to replace anxiety with peace.

Anxiety is a feeling and it’s very common in our nature. However, anxiety can be dangerous if it’s not treated correctly. There are many options in the world like psychologist or psychiatrists many people look for help. Looking for help is the right thing to do, but we must seek guidance and help in the word of God. In the bible and in our relationship with God we can find the solution to this problem. Let’s learn a little about how to replace anxiety with peace.

The word of God says in Philipians 4:6

Do not be anxious or worried about ANYTHING,

Anxiety is the equivalent of not trusting God. And in this verse we are called to not be worried about any thing. Nothing should be worrying us. Now, all the circumstances around us can lead us to that state if we don’t take care of it. When Paul says “anything” he means nothing without restrictions, no possibilities, no spaces, NOTHING!

Then, how we can replace or exchange the anxiety that invades us sometimes with a state of peace? The bible says that it is possible and give us a way. Philippians 4:6 says again:

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6 AMP

How we do it?

We come to presence of God with prayer (that is our way of communicating with God, vital part of our relationship with Him). We express our petitions accompanied of thanksgiving (that is our way of asking God for His will to be done in us). Then, we make our requests known to God in a specific way.

All of this is part of an active life of prayer, we speak… We express… We make requests… We give thanks. This provides to us an outlet for anxiety. We liberated ourselves, we left the heavy burden that from the beginning we should not have carried. And instead of this, we receive peace that surpasses everything. Even if you are in the middle of the storm.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

May this be a way for all us who are in Christ to replace anxiety with the marvelous peace that ONLY God gives us.

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Anxiety is a feeling and it's very common in our nature. However, anxiety can be dangerous if it's not treated correctly. There are many options in the world like psychologist or psychiatrists many people look for help. Looking for help is the right thing to do, but we must seek guidance and help in the word of God. In the bible and in our relationship with God we can find the solution to this problem. Let's learn a little about how to replace anxiety with peace.

Praying Through The Healing Process

There have been so many times that in my suffering my heart wandered from the Lord.

Why is it that in times of need, we tend to run from the One who can truly heal us?

I’ve feared that He won’t answer. I’ve felt abandoned and betrayed. I’ve tried to create hope for myself where hope was lost.

Praying Through The Healing Process

I’ve looked for a faster answer elsewhere and every time I came up empty, I returned to the Lord in the same broken place – in need of healing and hope.

When we face brokenness the Lord is the only one who can truly mend our wounds.

I had to accept that the healing process might not look like I’d envisioned.

It was only then that I found the courage and the strength to approach God with boldness.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:16

When we approach the Lord, trusting His goodness and His working, our hearts will be truly opened for the healing transformation and redemption God longs for us to have.

When I finally surrendered my picture of what healing looked like, my heart was opened to healing more beautiful than anything I’d ever imagined.

God opened my heart to this new picture through dedicated prayer.

I had to hit my knees and fold my hands so many times before my heart was softened.

I prayed in surrender more times than I can count before I truly felt myself release my hold on these expectations.

Prayer doesn’t need to wait until our feelings are all set in place. Prayer takes place before we even know where to begin.

Before we can see the final picture, before we feel like surrendering, before we feel the healing, we must offer our hearts to God in prayer.

I find it helpful in these times to write down prayers. I write short prayers of surrender or asking for healing and hope. When I don’t have the words to say, I utter these small prayers.

God knows what we are able to give. Search your heart for areas you may be holding back in prayer. Ask God to reveal these areas to you.

When we offer our hearts to God in prayer, He brings us healing beyond anything we can imagine.

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Nicole encourages us to keep walking in faith no matter the circumstances of life maintaining hope.  She blogs at Courage, Hope Love where she shares her experience in marriage, life and faith.  You can connect with her at Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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How to Pray without Ceasing – Guest Post

How to pray without ceasing

We have probably all come to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and wondered what to do with it. I know I have! For those not familiar with the passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says simply that we are to “Pray without ceasing”.

At first glance, this might seem an impossible command to obey. Pray without ceasing? What about my responsibilities as a wife or mother or homemaker or friend? How can I “pray without ceasing” when there are so many other things to do?

I would like to answer these important questions today with two points.

1. There Should not be Long Seasons Where We Go Without Praying.

The first way we can obey this verse is by making sure that we are not allowing the busyness of our everyday tasks to invade and hinder our prayer lives. When life is hectic and the to-do list looms large, it is easy for prayer to be the first thing we drop when we believe ourselves to be too busy. But we mustn’t do this. Matthew Henry writes in his commentary,

Praying without ceasing

“The meaning [of 1 Thess. 5:17] is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer in its proper season. Prayer will help forward and not hinder all other lawful business, and every good work.”

To be faithful to “pray without ceasing” then, one need only make prayer as regular a feature of each day of the week as possible. Rather than going months without communing with the Lord in prayer, purpose to meet with Him daily, and you will be praying without ceasing.

2. Offer Up Little Prayers as You Go Throughout Your Day.

One thing I got into the habit of doing years ago is just simply offering up several little silent prayers to God as I go throughout my day. While you are doing the dishes or cooking dinner or tending to the needs of your children, you can easily offer up a prayer of thanksgiving, ask the Lord for wisdom or help, or mention the prayer request your friend shared with you the other day. This is a great way to obey the command to “pray without ceasing”!

Be Encouraged!

I hope you were encouraged today, friend, by the true simplicity of this command. Far from making this some legalistic or difficult box to check, merely go to your Father and share your heart. He yearns to hear from you!

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Thanks so much to Rebekah Hargraves, for encouraging us today to pray without ceasing just as the word of God commands to us! – Take a minute to visit her at:

Website: Hargraves Home and Hearth
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3 verses about prayer you should know

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Prayer is the way we communicate with God.  Is the platform where we ask God to fullfil our needs.  Is how we claim God to set us free from our enemies.  Today, I want to share with you 3 of my favorite verses about prayer.  This verses guide us to be more effective in prayer.  Let’s see!

3 verses about prayer you should know

1. Matthew 6:9-13 says:

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors letting go of both the wrong and the resentment.  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’

In this verse we can see how Jesus taught his disciples about how to pray.  This is an example for us too!  We learn from this that we don’t only express our feelings and needs in our prayers, but that we must pray asking for the will of God to be manifested in our lives.

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Prayer, receive and faith (Bible Journaling by Tayrina Gonzalez)

2. Matthew 21:22 says:

And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.

3. Mark 11:24 says:

 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

This lead us to ask ourselves, what are the true motives of our prayer? Are we praying following our own desires or are we looking for the will of God? – We must pray asking for the will of God to be revealed and manifested to us.  Including, praying believing that the purpose of God will be completed in us.

We must pray in accordance to God’s will and purpose.  These 3 verses give us a correct view and focus about how we should pray.  God takes care of us and knows every need we have, let’s take our time to pray for God’s will to be done in earth as it is in heaven.

 

All bible verses used are from the Amplified Version.  Looking for Bible Journaling? See more here! / I’m sharing this post at: Testimony Tuesday & Purposeful Faith