Anxiety is a problem for me. These days I can usually control it but that wasn’t always so. There was a time when I was nearly paralyzed by worry and fear. Anxiety was an invader in my life that was defeating me. I still have to be on guard against this enemy.

I have learned to recognize when anxiety is on the edges of my life. If I allow it, it will cover me like a heavy blanket. An important defense against worry or anxiety is to be aware of what triggers it and to be prepared to take action. For me, the main triggers are not getting enough rest, not eating healthy, and not getting any exercise.  Sometimes I let my guard down and as with most enemies, it will surprise me and that heavy blanket will be thrown over me and weigh me down.

When this happens and  I get passed feeling sorry for myself I know what I need to do. It’s time, past time, to talk to Jesus. Prayer is the best defense against any enemy. Still, it has taken me a long time to learn that part of prayer is letting Jesus do His thing. When we take our burdens to Him and put them at His feet that is where we are to leave them.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Pet 5:7 niv

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To cast something is to throw, hurl, fling it. It means to throw it off or away. Which is what we do when we pray for the Lord to take our worries and fears. But if you are like me you like to clean up after yourself. So what do I do? After praying and casting my cares on the Lord I pack them up nice and tidy and keep them in the back of my mind. I am getting better at leaving the heavy blanket with Jesus and moving on free of the burden for I now understand;

The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Ps 27:1 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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2 thoughts on “Cast It Away

  1. More and more I am learning the wisdom of giving it to Jesus… and in the process of letting it go. That really is the hard part, not retaining that bit of fear or desire to do something to control the outcome. I was talking with my sister today regarding one of her children that concerns her. We talked about faith and trust and believing that giving it to God is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves, our children, or anyone we care about. Anxiety is a crippler, it has held me at times, and my daughter too. Your description of the heavy blanket is so accurate, and when it’s there we can’t move freely in His love. Thank you for your words of encouragement, they help more than you might know! ❤

    1. Thank you, J. It was not easy to write because I don’t like for the reality of my anxiety to be exposed. Yet, I know part of healing is to let go of the fear of what others think or feel. I am glad I encouraged you as you so often encourage me. Blessings.

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