One of my favorite scriptures is…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)
- I suffer from chronic depression and these words calm my spirit.
- It reminds me that I am not alone and I can ask God anything. He is my loving father.
- When I am going through a tough time (which I am right now), I can have a “peace which transcends all understanding.” Who wouldn’t want that?
- I pray it when I can’t sleep and He “guards my mind”.
- Anxiety attacks are no fun! When I had them, I said these words over and over and over. I felt like Jesus was right there holding my hand.
- When the world is full of chaos, I say these words to help me not be anxious.
- The future is always unknown and when I start worrying about it (which is going on right now for me), I know that God doesn’t want me to be anxious that he has a plan.
- I like knowing that the God of all creation is guarding my heart and mind.
- When I was suicidal years ago, these verses saved my life.
God’s ways are certainly better than mine and reading this scripture has helped me through times of sickness, relationship crisis, family problems, worry, hopelessness, lack of faith, and more.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Written By: Sarah Holbrook,
Cypress UMC Director of Communications