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How can I stop being so anxious?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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

            Anxiety, also known as nervousness and worry, is becoming epidemic around the world.  People are overwhelmed by so much these days.  Many turn to other sources for comfort--medication, therapy, even animals.
            Much of it has to do with our sensory overload.  Cell phones bombard us with news and information.  We need peace and some of that peace can be found by giving up some things up in our lives and giving our minds a rest.
            Paul addressed anxiety in Philippians 4.  He said “Do not be anxious about anything.”  Easier said then done, right.  But he didn’t just give a command.  He gave practical steps.
1.      Pray and petition – connect with God, talk to Him, let out all your needs, fears and hurt.  He will listen.
2.      Give thanks – thank God for what you will learn from this and how you will grow from this.  Try to find something good in the bad.
3.      Present your requests – give your troubles and worries to God.  Surrender the situation to Him and stop trying to solve it yourself.
4.      Find peace – allow the Holy Spirit to give you rest and stop trying to rehearse and replay the situation over and over in your mind.
You are being guarded by God.  He wants to take care of you by letting you know He’s involved your situation.