Be Anxious….

There are some days that in spite of your knowledge of all the amazing good in your life, fear and anxiety plague you. I have woken up feeling this way today. I was sitting in our front room sharing a coffee with my man and realised that the tape inside my head was playing at double speed, the track “Be anxious about…..” So today I have to be actively countering the old tapes of anxiety. I have to present it all to Him, assured that peace will come and transform all ills. It is a day to preach to myself. Do you have days like this?

“The main art in the matter of spiritual living
is to know how to handle yourself.
You have to take yourself in hand,
you have to address yourself,
preach to yourself,
question yourself.
You must say to your soul:
‘Why art thou cast down’–what business have you to be disquieted? 
You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself,
condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself:
‘Hope thou in God’–
instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way.
And then you must go on to remind yourself 

of God,

Who God is,
and what God is
and what God has done,
and what God has pledged Himself to do.
Then having done that, end on this great note:
defy yourself, and defy other people,
and defy the devil and the whole world,
and say with this man:
‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance,
who is also the health of my countenance
and my God’.”

3 thoughts on “Be Anxious….”

  1. I have days like that too, usually when I feel overwhelmed by what I need to do. In fact I need regular medication for anxiety. A very helpful quote. I have Martin Lloyd-Jones book Spiritual Depression sitting on my pile of books to be read.

    I hope your day improves, and you gain a sense of peace.


  2. Thanks Amelia. I have dipped in and out of Lloyd Jones over the years and it is helpful. Being anxious, like discontentment is a perennial struggle and one that should not surprise us, and yet it does. Thanks for your encouragement.

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