A few weeks ago I shared on my Instagram about my decision to deal with anxiety non-medically. I have since been asked to share details of that decision, a topic I’ve avoided due to its explosively controversial nature.
Like most emotions and personal struggles, anxiety is often hidden and handled alone. Unfortunately, hiding our struggles only multiplies them exponentially. I neither recognized nor addressed my emotional stress until I came to a breaking point several years ago. Since then, I’ve been on a journey to discover how what I believe applies to my emotions. I’ve learned that faith is essential to living above anxiety, and I’ve found freedom from it in my daily life.
We may get tired of hearing the same old verses applied to anxiety, but it was one of these verses that spurred my decision to address anxiety non-medically, dealing with my emotions at their root instead of simply treating the feelings at face value. The verse was Philippians 4:6-7:
“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.“
For years I let anxiety, worry, and people-pleasing destroy my confidence. I failed to recognize the connection between my thoughts and my emotions. And worst of all, I claimed to be a Christian, yet didn’t believe Christ had the power to change the quality of my life on earth. That final lie was the root of all my worry, but the day I embraced Philippians 4:6-7 as truth I received the key to emotional freedom.