Do you long for contentment? Do you wish you had a calm, quieted spirit? Or are you filled with anxiety and plagued with having no control over your emotions?
While listening to an Adventures in Odessey CD a character was introduced who was always afraid. The older kids made fun of her nervous behavior and took advantage of her fear. They said, “Sally is afraid of everything!”. Well, wouldn’t you know that a child in the backseat said “hey just like mommy! She’s afraid of everything too!” We all chuckled but he was right. It doesn’t take kids long to learn what’s going on inside our hearts.
Anxiety is crippling, I’ll be the first to admit that. It puts walls up around you holding you captive in your own world. Anxiety causes a shift in the brain that will hyper-focus on all the scary what-ifs of a situation. It is a struggle to overcome this. But I do believe we can. We don’t have to become slaves to our fears, with God’s help.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
It’s time to claim this verse and rebuke those fearful thoughts.
I’ve been learning over the past few months how to overcome this anxiety that has all of a sudden became so strong in my life. Might I tell you that no one is immune to it’s grasp?
One of the key things I’ve learned is that a calm, quieted spirit comes from a contented heart.
Contentment and anxiety go hand in hand.
It’s true and the more I study it out the more I believe this to be the key to overcoming the stronghold.
When your heart is content, you have peace and can trust in God’s plans and protection. When we chose to put our faith in His control over everything then will we experience peace in our lives.
In the book, Calm My Anxious Heart, I’ve learned the keys to contentment that I am working on applying to my own life. Let’s take a closer look.
5 Keys to Contentment
Never allow yourself to complain about anything.
This includes the weather, your clothes, your hair or even the junk mail! This is probably one of the hardest keys to make a habit. It is so easy to complain in modern day America. First world problems can put a damper on the day, can’t they? But we don’t have to let them. We can stop this bad habit!
Never image yourself in another circumstance, place or with another person.
Choose gratitude for where you are today. Ouch. Aren’t all moms guilty of this one? The ‘I can’t wait for this season’ to be over to come or go is something we are all guilty of doing. It’s time to learn to be content with our current season.
Never compare your life with someone else’s.
Love yourself, your body, your personality, your calling, your home, and your lot in life. Stop focusing on how you wish this or that would look differently. Keeping up with or comparing yourself with others is only hurting yourself. You are hindering your joy and your purpose in life when you are wishing for someone else’s life.
Never allow yourself to wish this or that had happened.
It’s time to know with certainty that how things worked out was because it was God’s plan, not our own.
Never dwell on tomorrow.
Remember that tomorrow is God’s, not yours. Surrender them to Him and live in the present. Live in the moment, my friend.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Number 5 is the key for people who struggle with anxiety. You are not in control over what happens. God’s hand is in everything, directing your every moment. Trust in His leading, give Him your fears, rebuke those thoughts that want to trick you into believing that something terrible will happen and live in the moment. Doesn’t that sound like a life worth living? Living as a slave to your fears is not a life lived out to bring glory and honor to our God. Show your fears how B-I-G your God is.
If you want a content, calm heart, a peaceful spirit then it’s time that you learn the keys to contentment. They hold the key to unlocking your joy and setting yourself free from your anxiety filled life.