All the while The Experts warn that anxiety and stress are bad for our health.
Here's some good news for a change. There is a way to drive out fear and find strength for each new day. Best of all, this remedy has been tested and tried countless times, with no ill effects.
The formula consists of only five simple ingredients and (insert drum roll here) this "Happiness Medicine" is yours for the taking, i.e., free.
Directions for usage: Take in at least once a day and allow the formula to absorb slowly. Repeat as needed.
- Remind yourself who's really in charge
- Recount the ways God has blessed you in the past
- Recall his promises to be with you
- Relax and enjoy the life he has given you
- Remember who you are--and Whose you are
Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?
When life threatens to overwhelm us many of us turn inward.
We sink immediately into the "what ifs" and "if onlys," as if we're being pulled down into into darkness, down where fear lives.
A moment's reflection will remind us that pull doesn't come from our Friend and Redeemer Jesus Christ. Rather, it's the work of that tiresome old foe: the devil.
It's a battle to pull ourselves up and out of the pit, especially if we depend on our own strength.
Satan will never quit trying, but Jesus Christ sets us free from bondage to his siren song.
So Jesus said ... "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the the truth will set you free. ... So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." --John 8:31-32, 36 ESV
Any time you feel that old pull, be armed and ready for battle
No matter how many books you read and how many podcasts you listen to, it's well to have a stash of strength verses stored in your memory. Just repeating them over to yourself will put starch in your spine.
Remember, if you put the Good Stuff in, you'll get the good stuff out.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." --Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. --Psalm 23:4 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. --Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Whatever your situation may be, you are not on your own. You have Help. You have Protection available, every hour of every day.
I promise you that reminding yourself of that throughout the day will make all the difference in how you look at life.
How can I be so confident? Because I'm living it.