A few months ago I had a full hearing assessment and was grateful God gave me His peace, calmed my anxious heart, and got me through another unexpected health challenge.
A very minor one, admittedly, yet still with the power to unsettle my soul because anxiety has fast become my default mode. Perhaps you can relate?
It’s partly due to struggling to recover after months of M.E relapse and viral illness, and partly because it’s a habit I seem to have developed.
One that’s exacerbated because of coronavirus stress and worsening tinnitus, coupled with intermittent hearing loss problems over several months.
My doctor has referred me for further investigation and treatment, and I’m trying not to worry about that either. Unfortunately, my ability to adjust to exacerbation of symptoms or unwelcome new symptoms isn’t as good as it could be.
With the kind of hypersensitive, exhausted and depleted system having M.E or chronic illness gives us, it’s not easy to feel relaxed about any change for the worse. Before we know it, anxiety has reared its ugly head again.
Maybe you have a similar problem? Perhaps free-floating anxiety clings to you like weeds, with no discernible reason as far as you can tell but it trips you up and makes you feel low. If so, may the words received in prayer below encourage you too.
Because whether we have health problems, work issues or relationship difficulties, or have simply allowed anxiety and fear to infiltrate our souls, God freely offers us the gift of His rest and peace.
Prayer Whisper: Let fear and anxiety subside
“Fear not My child. Let your fears and anxieties subside. I have walked through fire for you, and I accompany you through every fiery trial you go through. There is no need to fear the flames of adversity because nothing can harm the most vital part of who you are.
Though your mind and body can become distressed, disturbed and diseased, nothing can touch your spirit where I live. There you can experience an oasis of rest and peace as you guard your heart and ask for My help.
It’s a peace the world cannot give to you. A peace that perplexes others because it passes understanding. They cannot fathom how you can face and walk through even the hardest of trials with a hopeful heart and a deep reassurance of My care and love.”
“Remember this when you encounter trials of various kinds—they are sent to test, strengthen and develop your faith, and to purify your heart.
Because an easy, always harmonious life wouldn’t cause you to look to Me to be your source of strength. But difficulties and challenges serve to throw you on My mercy and grace.
Take these thoughts, and similar promises in My word, and treasure them up in your heart so that when adversity comes you will be reminded to turn to Me, and receive the support and comfort only I can bring to your troubled soul.”
I nearly didn’t share this because…well, shame. Instead of being an encouraging, faith-fuelled, confident woman of God, I’ve morphed into a fear-filled worrywart. I’m acting as if God isn’t trustworthy enough or as though it were my job to become concerned in advance.
But here’s the thing: Sometimes life’s challenges and stress, poor health, episodes of discouragement, depression or overwhelm can send us into a vicious cycle of worrying about everything.
We falter for a while, a season, maybe, and we feel mortified to have turned into angst-ridden people who cannot seem to break the habit. Yet Jesus, who won’t break a bruised reed, won’t condemn a bruised soul that’s become temporarily captive to anxiety.
What He will do is gently turn our thoughts in His direction, until it becomes the norm. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, but oh how we love to chastise and condemn ourselves!
Instead, God offers us His reassuring Presence, unconditional love and endless grace. And as we cooperate with Holy Spirit, we can learn to live less fearfully and more faithfully, trusting God has got us covered, come what may. l plan to explore more anxiety-relieving strategies in future posts. 🙂 ❤
Oh what a precious prayer-thought from the Lord you have shared here! It is so true that we are thrust into such a storm of fear and worry in this world, besides the stress of our physical conditions! I was so touched by this thought: ” Yet Jesus, who won’t break a bruised reed, won’t condemn a bruised soul that’s become temporarily captive to anxiety.” Our Shepherd is so kind and tender with us. May I allow Him to bring the help to me that I need! Blessings, love, and prayers for you my dear friend. xoxo
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Dear Bettie, I’m so glad the prayer whisper and highlighted thought spoke to you. How hard it is to be assailed by anxiety, lost in storms of fear and wearied by worry. Yet the amazing thing we learn is how Jesus slept through a fierce storm which terrorised His disciples because He is Master of all storms, little or large. Eventually, all must concede defeat and bow to His command. I’m holding onto that thought as my tiny boat feels pretty rocky this week, and I feel like I might sink beneath the waves. But then I remember how our Lord’s tender and merciful arm reaches down to come to our aid with total compassion and great willingness to save. Although our faith and trust might seem pitiful at times, they are bolstered by His own and we are never beyond His power to survive and thrive. May you and I find Jesus more than a match for any upsetting and stressful circumstance we might be in. He’s got us covered, sister! Blessings, love and prayers to you too, dear friend! xoxo
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Really appreciate your posts and they are always so timely. I totally understand about the anxiety with health problems. I agree totally with what you and Bettie(above) about the bruised reed!! Thank you from a worn out angst ridden lady who cried when she read your post. Even in your own pain you encourage others. Love the paragraph ‘i nearly didn’t share this’!! So glad you did.
‘When my heart is faint,lead me to The rock that is higher than i’.
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Dear Elizabeth, how kind and encouraging of you to say so! You’ve really lifted me by your generous response to this post. Oh, dear “worn out angst ridden lady” I hear you! That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling for several days, due to increased anxiety. Although my current stressful situation (one not mentioned here) is far from resolved, I am slowly sensing an easing and an infilling of God’s holy peace. Due, in no small part, to sharing the load with others and gleaning precious prayer support. So while I hate the thought of you suffering similarly, my friend, I’m grateful you mentioned it because now I can support you better in prayer. Believe you me, I’ve shed a fair few tears lately, and it’s only an act of pure grace that equips me to be able to help others through my own pain, both physical and emotional. Yes, lead us all to The Rock that is Christ, where we find comfort, protection, safety and shelter from every storm! Blessings, love, empathy hugs and prayers. xo 💜