Choose CALM. When anxiety comes remember this acronym: Celebrate God’s goodness, Ask God for help, Leave your concerns and Meditate on good.
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I love this acronym reminding us of the Truth of Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
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.
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.
Anxious for nothing
I mentioned before a book I am reading by Max Lucado, titled, Anxious for Nothing, Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. In the book, Lucado suggests writing out this acronym and placing it in an easy-to-reach place for moments when worry and fear threaten to undo us. I made a printable so you can do just that.
Print the page, cut apart and place in your wallet, car dashboard, windowsill, bathroom mirror or other locations.
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- Celebrate God’s goodness
- Ask God for help
- Leave your concerns with him.
- Meditate on good things
Encouraging Bible verses
There are many but here are a just a few of my favorite verses to turn to when I am feeling anxious.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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