While I grew up in the Church of Christ, I never had a strong faith. I knew all the stories, I listened and absorbed what was said in services most of the time, but unfortunately I did not believe much of it. However, just under two years ago I got an unspoken prayer answered by God. From that moment, things fell into place. I traveled to my hometown and went to a women’s Bible class with a family friend, and I learned something there that hadn’t clicked into place before: God does not expect us to be perfect. We need to do our best, and always strive to serve Him and follow His Word. That class was the final piece to the puzzle that I really needed. After I returned home, I set up a Bible study with the preacher of my parents’ church, one I had attended for a few years as a kid. I was baptized at that Bible study and the congregation there gave me such a warm and inviting welcome.

One of the biggest focuses that I have had since I was baptized was to put my trust in God. I felt driven and motivated to keep working on it, even in the times that it seemed bleak or hopeless. God always has a plan and learning to trust in Him has spilled over into more areas in my life than I could have ever imagined. It has really helped my mental wellbeing, especially with dealing with everyday stress and anxiety.

Some of the things that I have learned to give to God, to be a more centered person:

  • Cares and worries: All of those things that I used to let fester in my mind, I can leave to Him. Imagining them visually floating away from me and sending them up to Him has really helped me to find that peace that I so desperately need. Whenever something pops into my mind that causes me to worry, I remind myself: pray about it! God will take care of it. This especially helps for those times where I find myself worrying about friends and family, or simply people I pass by on the road, in the store, or wherever else. There are a lot of things in this world that can cause me to worry because I care so much about people. So, each time that kind of thing passes through my mind, I pray for those people and that helps me let go of it instead of letting it fester in my mind. What good does that do? Praying and helping in ways that I can are ways that I can take a more active role.
  • Nervousness and anxiety: I have always been a nervous, anxious ball of energy. Life has been overwhelming for me on various levels. Now that I know that God is there for me, I have learned to let things go and know that He will take care of me. That doesn’t make the nerves and anxiety disappear, but it helps immensely, and I continuously remind myself of this fact. I breathe and remember that He is right by my side, there to guide me and to be there for me no matter what happens in my life.
  • Life’s stresses: Life can be stressful in general, so like I mentioned about nerves and anxiety, knowing that God is right by my side and always there for me is a very important part of my mental wellbeing. Each time I start to get stressed, I remind myself or see evidence that God is working on something for my life. He has a plan to help me help others, reach more people, and make a difference.

How has your faith made a difference with your health, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional? I would love to hear from you!

 

~Bonnie~

11 comments on “How My Faith Has Helped With Stress and Anxiety”

  1. Hi Bonnie! I’m glad I’m not the only Christ follower who puts their worries and fears on His lap. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that lately. Thank you for this blog post since it’s helped me realize that I need to be doing it more often.

    • It is so helpful and I know it has been a learning experience for me to do it more often, instead of constantly worrying about myself, my life, and others. What helps for me is to keep reminding myself that there’s no sense worrying about things because God will take care of it.

  2. Great article Bonnie! I have noticed that my days go smoother when I take the time to study my Bible and pray in the morning. When I forget, or get too busy, those are the days that seem to fall apart and leave me exhausted. I think that is the difference from living life where I am in control versus giving the control to Him. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Being able to pray and release all my cares, knowing that I’m loved – regardless – is one of the greatest gifts of my faith. Christ is my all encompassing truth to stand firm on…

    I was moved by your point, “I felt driven and motivated to keep working on it, even in the times that it seemed bleak or hopeless. ” Yes! driven and motivated regardless of whatever goes on around us… I love how you phrased that!

  4. Hello Bonnie,
    Thank you for taking the time to write on this important issue. I find that I get such peace within when I am listening to heavenly music, or when I read an inspirational passage. That really lifts my spirits. Also, having a deep talk with my mother who has such faith, also really ministers to my spirits. 🙂 Thanks again for sharing what’s on your heart. Blessings!

  5. I liked what you said about how God helps with anxiety: “Now that I know that God is there for me, I have learned to let things go and know that He will take care of me. That doesn’t make the nerves and anxiety disappear, but it helps immensely, and I continuously remind myself of this fact.” In my own life, I have found that when I find myself in situations that could give rise to my anxiety, taking the time to say a quick prayer can help me find a little peace.

    I also have Type 1 Diabetes, but I am one of the weird 5-10% of Type 1 Diabetics that gets diagnosed as an adult so it has caused a lot of difficulties as I adjust to it (I was diagnosed a little over two years ago). I don’t think I could handle this disease without God. Both the physical difficulties and the resulting emotional stress it causes are pretty big; giving that burden to God and recognizing he will use this weakness to sanctify me has helped me immensely.

    I really appreciate you talking about this important topic!

  6. It’s so encouraging to hear another believer’s story about trusting Him with day to day stresses and overcoming worrying with His help. He is still sticking with me and showing up in ways I don’t expect, even though I should be looking for Him! Thanks for sharing! Blessings on you!

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