Raise your hand if this fits you…
As a woman, you wear so many hats. Some of those hats may be worn excitedly, while others may be worn reluctantly. Nonetheless – your life is varied and diverse. Because of this, life brings so much pressure which invokes anxiety and worry. In our minds, we have so much to worry about – family, job security, financial surety, health concerns – that causes our minds to race at a mile a minute. (You are thinking of some things right now – some assignment that has to be done ASAP). Our bodies experience the flight or fight response which makes some prone to anxiety.
I love the books of Psalm. These books has been a comfort for me in times that seem uncertain, especially Thanksgiving Psalms. Psalm 94:19NKJV says, When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. We can point to what can bring about anxiety – past due bills, troubled relationships, wayward child, unemployment, plans falling through, demonic thoughts, ambiguity… Don’t be ashamed to raise your hand and say that has been you or maybe that it is you right now. But God! This verse should convey calm because God’s comfort brings joy. Joy is so sweet because it surpasses the feeling of happiness. Have you heard this before? Happiness is based on what is happening. Happy and Happening derive from the same root word - Hap - meaning luck or chance. I don't know about you but I don't want my mood to be dictated by an event or by chance. What about you? John Piper defines Christian joy as a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as He causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.
God offers relief from anxiety and worry by giving us joy. The latter portion of Nehemiah 8:10 says, the joy of the Lord is your strength. What is our litmus test? Being strong in the middle of it. Lets be real. Worrying about something doesn't do anything to the situation. Actually it may cause more emotions - anger, doubt, jealousy, envy. So it is our duty to not be consumed with anxiety because the enemy will swarm in and intensify the thoughts and feelings causing more harm. By allowing God to comfort you with His joy it will cause you to be strong and look at those situations in your life and tackle them with a different attitude because you have the Lord with you.
The Lord wants you to live in freedom and joy. May God help you to relinquish your worries so you can experience His consolation.