Anxious? Practice Peace Like This...

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

Thought I’d take some time here to practice this verse out in some of my own situations…

SITUATION 1:
I sign up for the #write31daychallenge, a national blogger-ma-jiggy that challenges participants to post everyday for 31 days straight on the same topic. The moment I realize I will need to back down from posting daily in order to rightly prioritize family time and maintain a healthy balance, I notice my anxiety levels raise. Ironically, my #31day topic? Peace. And thus this situation was a perfect opportunity to practice all that I have written so far...

PRACTICE PEACE IN PRAYER:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and..."

  • "Petition": Father, I see it’s best to say “no” to writing and editing today to give my health and family proper attention. My pride can’t handle backing down from a challenge. So please carve out my pride, Lord, and help me walk in humility.
     
  • "With Thanksgiving": Thank You Lord for a family that desires my time and attention. Thank You that I can still finish all 31 days of the writing challenge...31 different days of the week...but nevertheless. Thank You for giving me words to write, a reasonable amount of time to work, and a husband who encourages me forward in the process - he’s such a gift!
     

SITUATION 2:
All three kids are out with me at the grocery store - right before lunch and right before nap-time because (well, not even the need for milk could justify this risk) it just happened. Isaiah is already starting to make his strange growling/dinosaur noise as we enter the store. Anxiety begins to rise...


PRACTICE PEACE IN PRAYER:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and..."

  • "Petition":  Father I need a renewed sense of humor about this alien-like noise that comes out of my one year old. And God, please grant me grace in this moment to consider Your opinion of me as higher than all the strangers who might pass judgement on me and my boisterous bunch. And Lord, please help me share Your grace with my girls who will be more prone to arguing about who gets to help put the jam on the conveyor belt at check out...
     
  • "With Thanksgiving": Thank you that I don’t have to raise and milk a cow to get milk. Thank you for the convenience of a grocery store. Thank You for a car, three car seats that fit and gas to get here.
     

SITUATION 3:
I wake up and look at the clock. It is 8am. I blink with astonishment.The kids usually wake me up by 7am. But here I am...up at 8am and everyone else is still sound asleep. What good news! Then I remember it is Tuesday and suddenly it is bad news. M.O.P.S. is today! I look forward to M.O.P.S., but with the late wake up, I only have 45 minutes to get all four of us breakfast-fed, bathed, dressed and out of the house! Anxiety begins to rise...


PRACTICE PEACE IN PRAYER:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and..."

  • "Petition": Father, (exhale), You know I do not need to worry about whether or not my hair is a hot mess and the kid’s teeth are all brushed before we go. But You know I’m more than kinda worried about that right now. I need You to once again take the approval of mankind from the pedestal of my heart. 
     
  • "With Thanksgiving": Thank You Lord for the extra sleep. I feel good. Thank You for waking me in time to go. Thank You Lord that I even know to go...for bringing Jessica into my life to invite me to M.O.P.S. last month. I’m so thankful for the new moms I’m getting to know and the time we have on Tuesdays to rest and grow together. Whether we’re looking cute or clunky, thank You for the resolve to go today to be blessed and be a blessing.
Photo credit: Andrea Laurita

Photo credit: Andrea Laurita

What are some recent anxiety-rising scenarios of your own?

Some might be somewhat trivial, like the above three situations. Some are more terrifying, like the day my life changed forever...

But no matter the issue, in “every situation” we can practice prayer in place of anxiety. Because of our peace with God
 our response can still rise above the rising anxiety to practice prayer and R.S.V.P. to the peace of God...

PARTICIPATE:
Let’s practice this week! Send me your own "situations" (tell me if you prefer to be anonymous)...I’d love to post some on the blog. Let's encourage each other.


#bafflingpeace,