Stress and Anxiety

All I want to do is scream…

Hello, wonderful people!
I have missed you. This past week has been a rocky one for me. I have failed looking to God and trusting him. The devil was getting to me this week. I struggle with a lot of stress and anxiety. These past few months, I have been able to live stress free, but now my bubble of stress is growing again.
There have been some personal situations that have come up for me this week, and they have been stressing me out. I am the person that needs all of their ducks in a row. Currently, my ducks seem to be more of the kind that want to float around and swim away. They are doing anything they can to rile me up. This week I have been more closed off, and I can tell my mood is different. Oddly, I have still been finding God and learning more then I normally do.

Getting worked up is not having faith. It is worrying.

My devotional this past week has been about surrendering to God and finding his love and promises. He promised me and you, he will never give us more then we can handle. He has our backs.
1 Corinthians 10:13a “…And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted…”
The passage in Psalm 23 is so well known, the meaning-to most-is often overlooked, but at the moment, I am finding peace in this.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
‭Psalm 23:1-4 NIV‬
God is leading me through everything. Even in my mistakes, he is beside me. I am overwhelmed; I am lost. Through this time, I am trying to search to find God. He is the one I need and want.

Reminders of Love

God has been reminding me in small ways that he loves me and is here for me through songs. The simple song “Jesus Loves Me” by Anna B. Warner keeps popping up in my head. Same with the song “Be Still My Soul”. Songs like this are so simple, but the message has been powerful for me this week. They have been the reminder I need that God DOES love me, and he WILL NOT leave me. My father in heaven loves me. I am constantly searching for his peace.

To You…

It brings me to joyful tears to tell you this. The thing I am about to tell you overwhelms my heart. It consumes me. It brings me to tears just thinking about it. God loves you. He is not distant; he is near. His purpose anda his plan are beautiful. You are the beautiful child of God. You ARE SO LOVED!
You are loved.
You are wanted.
You are sought after.
You have a Heavenly Father.
You are His treasure.

Rethink this all with me please,
Grace Elliot

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