If you read this blog often enough, you know I’m anxious about, well, a lot. And now add to this list all the implications that come with a coronavirus pandemic. Because my life is dotted by irrational fears, I must combat these anxieties each day. At first, I try to put the brakes on these thoughts with a little self-talk: Girl! Pull yourself together. But when this isn’t enough to actually pull myself together, the only way to remove irrational fears is to consistently take them to God through prayer, worship, Bible reading, etc. – remembering who I know God to be.
“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 NIV)
This life will always present a tragedy to mourn, to toss over and over in our minds, to ponder long after the news. As panic and fear rise around the world, we must keep our minds focused on good things and God’s peace will keep us sane.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NIV)
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