Worry, fear, and anxiety welled up within me. Every facet of our lives felt like it was under attack. Have you ever been there? Overwhelmed with anxiety-provoking chaos, and feeling utterly helpless to control it? When you are refined by surrender, change happens.

The thing was, I had talked to patient after patient for years in my private practice about the illusion of control. So much of our anxiety stems from trying to control what we can when so much of life feels uncontrollable. We can’t control our spouses, but we try to control our children. We can’t control our work environment, but we try to control our home. We can’t control our finances, but we try to control our weight.

It’s in the seeking to control, that we lose the gift of surrendering our burdens to the Lord.

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT).

Somehow during life’s most tumultuous times, we can forget God’s simple commands and His promise of provision. During such times it’s so helpful to have friends who will speak the truth in love.

I had left home for a few days of peace and solitude, concerned with so many things hitting our family at once. My husband advocated for me to take a couple of quiet days at the beach to just walk and talk with the Lord.

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Somehow during life’s most tumultuous times we can forget God’s simple commands and His promise of provision. God tells us to surrender and trust Him. But, how do we choose trust over worry, fear, and anxiety? #anxiety #mentalhealth