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Trading Freak-out Moments For Peace

By Andrea Chatelain

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Anxiety is a beast. It used to control my emotions and hijack my peace. I replayed past mistakes wondering if I was really forgiven. I was frozen in the present, afraid of the day, and fretting over the future.

I needed a divine intervention, and I have that in Jesus.

Knowing that God is present in every fear, every unsteady situation, every moment of uncertainty gives me peace.

How? Through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

We know anxiety is real even though we can’t see it because we can feel its weight. But I know the Holy Spirit is real even though I can’t see Him because I can feel His peace.

As I give my hard moments to God through prayer and trust, I experience divine peace. I receive assurance over my past, present, and future that no one can mess with.

When I start to replay past mistakes, sin, or hurts, I talk to God about them. I ask Him to guide my thoughts to truth. And He does. He reminds me that I’m forgiven, grace is a gift that cannot be earned, and that God has redeemed my hurts for His glory as I reach out to others in love.

And in the present, I’m real with God. With everything. I hand my stresses over to the One who can actually do something about them. And I trust He hears and cares.

My future isn’t a surprise to God. So when I’m anxious regarding what may lie ahead, I remember who God is. He has a history of taking care of His people in the strangest ways. He had a plan to save us before the world was even formed. So surely He has a good plan for my life and yours if we follow His lead.

I still struggle with anxiety, but now I know I don’t battle it alone. I fight it with divine peace. That’s my prayer for you too.

Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at Glory-Be.org.

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