What Are You So Anxious About?


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o not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~

Philippians 4:6 (New International Version)

Anxiety!  It appears to be a commonly accepted illness of our age. Everyone is anxious. Or, at least, everyone has anxious moments. We are nervous, we are worried. We are concerned about everything. We fret. We’re fearful. We choke up, feel nauseated, get migraines and can’t sleep…all because of some very real (or imaginary and anticipated) troubles.

The great psalmist, David, must have been intensely familiar with anxiety. In writing the 139th Psalm, he expressed the assurance that God saw him, knew where he was and knew everything he was going through. David acknowledged the certainty of God’s presence.  To paraphrase, he said:  “If I am up high or down low, asleep or awake, in darkness or in the brightness of day, God, you are there.” But, in that same poetic expression, he pleaded words that can only come from a troubled heart.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. ~ Psalm 139:23 (NIV)

I have not completely escaped this malady. Today, I am taking my own medicine. I can imagine wild disappointments. Thankfully, most never materialize.  I have those moments, when I woefully predict, like Job:

What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.~ Job 3:25 (NIV)

In those times, you must make a conscious effort to trade anxiety for peace. There is a peace of God which passes all understanding. And it is available, just for the asking. Next time you feel yourself drifting into one of those moody, hand-wringing moments, stop and remember your past victories. Yesterday’s fears never came.  Speak words of peace and calm to yourself. Make a list of your favorite scriptures for joy, victory and peace.

Replacing negative thoughts must be an aggressive strategy. The Word of God gives us tremendous coping skills. If you take the Word, like medicine, your joy and peace always win!

Change Your Joy, Change Your Life

In 2001, I received the shocking diagnosis of stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  It was a cancer that I knew very little about at that time.  I had repeatedly gone to the doctor to complain of bone-penetrating fatigue, initially, my only symptom.  The diagnosis was life-altering.

From that moment on, I learned that the right attitude can change your health.  It can certainly change your life.  I researched and collected every healing scripture that I could find in God’s Word.  Next, I applied those scriptures, just as if they were medicine.

Transformation evolves out of information and I believe that information has power. Even though your transformation may come about through prayer and suffering.  Despite that devastating diagnosis more than ten years ago, I was determined to be healthy again.   Today, I remain healthy and cancer-free.

I knew, without hesitation, that God would work through the excellent medical care I was poised to receive.  My faith did not preclude seeking medical therapies–chemotherapy, etc.  My immediate reaction was:  So, what kind of medicine do you have for this? By the time I had my first meeting with my wonderful hematologist-oncologist, Dr. Edward Prendergast, I was well educated on the disease, clinical trials and cutting-edge medicine.  Most important, I set out to learn all that I could about the spiritual side of healing.

Those lessons are meant to be shared. The book that I am writing is a collection of healing scriptures and stories that describe more of my experience…as well as telling the stories of others who believed for and received healing miracles.

I know that Christ still heals, just as He did in Biblical times.  “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”  When we allow the joy of Christ to overflow into our personal universe, it transcends the harsh realities of whatever may be happening at that moment.  We rise to a new level of being.  A level in which we actually think like Jesus thought.

            Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 2:5 KJV

Please share with me your personal comments, questions or interests about healing. I’d love for your input to help craft my book. You may share them as public comments on this site or as personal comments to my email address:  regina@reginaprude.com.