Battling Anxiety: Commit Instead of Carry


Battling anxiety concerning loved ones is one of the hardest struggles to work through.

Today, I’d like to share a lesson I learned the painful way about committing instead of carrying.
When a recent bout of stomach pain sent me to bed, I experienced a flashback to my childhood when I succumbed to the same reaction to a stressful event.

Anxiety and I are acquaintances from way back; however, over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to fight fear is with faith.

(Here’s the podcast version of this post: Commit Instead of Carry.)

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I need to believe whatever is frightening me is no match for the God who cares about me.

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I need to do what David spoke of in Psalm 142:2 NIV:

I pour out my complaint before him;

before him I tell my trouble.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m worried about people I love, it’s harder to come to a place of peace concerning the situation. I find myself not only caring, but carrying the burden around like a bag of boulders over my shoulders. However, I can’t control things or control people. So if someone I love is experiencing a huge life event, I need to remember I can’t control it or my loved one.

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But too often I forget my way when fear gets in my face.

My stomach churns as my thoughts turn over all the scenarios in my mind about how things may unfold. Around and around they whirl until my soul is sickened by the motion and the emotions that send my adrenaline levels sky-high.

Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?

  1. I’m not a savior.
  2. I’m Wendy.
  3. I’m only a saved woman.

I’m a woman who desires to share the “word of his grace” like it says in Acts 20:32 NIV:

Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace,

which can build you up

and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

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When the Apostle Paul spoke these words:

  • He committed the Ephesians to God.
  • He didn’t carry a burden of concern for them.
  • He committed them to God.
  • He understood and trusted God and the Word of grace to save, sanctify, and build himself and others up.

Our role:

  • We’re not saviors; we’re warriors of the Word.
  • We’re to commit, not carry.
  • We’re testifiers–not saviors.
  • We can’t save ourselves—never mind save anyone else.

Christ’s role:

  • He is the carrier.
  • He carried our sin upon His shoulders to the cross.
  • He finished the battle.

Are you committing your burdens to God or are you carrying them on your shoulders?

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Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 NIV:

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.

This verse reminds us:

  • Jesus will carry the burdens we commit to Him.
  • We’re to cast our concerns on Christ.
  • He will carry us, carry our burdens, and carry our loved ones.
  • We’re to commit and not carry.

 

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There is only one Lord and Savior
Who gave, saved, and sanctified
And we’re not meant to carry souls
But to commit them to our God on High.

Give yourself a gift this Christmas–give your burdens to Jesus because He is Emmanuel–God with us.

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Christmas Blessings ~ Wendy Mac

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Here’s a song that’s blessed me over the last few weeks. Do you have one that’s a fave lately? I’m nosy-to-know.

 

38 thoughts on “Battling Anxiety: Commit Instead of Carry

  1. Such great advice, Wendy. We will be miserable Christians until we learn to let Jesus carry our burdens – I learned this lesson the hard way. Even after 35 years as a follower of Christ, I still find myself trying to carry burdens that are way too heavy for me.

  2. A timely reminder with end of year stress and anxiety niggling away at my days and nights. God guided Mary and Joseph through their stressful time; I guess I need to be more trusting.

  3. A great reminder that we don’t have to carry the load, Wendy.

    May you and yours have a Merry Christmas as we remember the “Reason-for-the-Season … Jesus Christ”.

    Blessings for 2018 as well.

  4. I appreciate your thoughts here Wendy, I guess I have more regret than I do worry, but either way there is nothing I can do about either one. I don’t need answers to all the mysteries of my life, I just need to keep on believing that God is on my side and in control of the outcome. When I do, I experience rest for my soul.
    I am continually blessed by the way you steadfastly share your faith here on this blog. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    1. Regret hurts twice as much as worry–doesn’t it, Gene? I’m glad God can use my blunders for good because otherwise I couldn’t stand how bad I’d feel if I thought things were hopeless.
      Amen to “believing God is on our side and in control of the outcome.”
      His omnipresence is a present we can press into. Thank you for the compliment about sharing my faith on my blog. My commitment to being a podcast producer has helped me keep writing. I appreciate the doors God opened. I’m here until He closes them. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely wife, dear friend.

  5. Hi Wendy, that’s such a beautiful song with inspirational lyrics… lovely verses and pics as well. Hope you are feeling better now and stronger again. A Joyous Christmas and God’s blessings for 2018. Much love, ♥️ Hugs.

  6. Nice post Wendy. Fear is the big ‘debilitator’. In fact, I was putting the final touches on a post on the subject of fear (don’t I always do this?) in the life of Gideon this past Monday night. My iPad for some reason would not upload my notes for transfer to WordPress. So, I went to bed.

    I woke up very early Tuesday morning and felt the Lord tell me to finish the post. I got up, fired up the iPad and the notes immediately connected to my email account for transfer to my blog. Very strange, which is the title of the post – Answers From Strange Places. When we allow God to help us release fear, He will use that fear to defeat our enemy. This is exactly what God did with Gideon’s fear. Be Blessed!

    1. Thank you, David. I loved your post. Gideon’s story always encourages me because I can relate to him–a lot.
      You’ve got me wondering about a recent dream I had that was so vivid I shared it with my husband. God has spoken to me through dreams before. Usually I find out they’re a source of strength for a future trial. I don’t like trials–but I do trust God. Merry Christmas, friend. 🙂

      1. I’m glad you found it a blessing Wendy. Actually, this thought was shared Sunday with a nursing home, Bible study group our church ministers to. The dream of the barley cake tumbling down a hill has always perplexed me. What on earth does that mean? It’s like the Lord open up my understanding. It had everything to do with Gideon’s “fear”. WOW.

        When he realized that God took that fear (loosing his wheat operation), reversed it, and used it to defeat the Midianites (the cake/food overtaking the enemy’s tent), Gideon now realized that God has really with him. At least that can be one interpretation of it.

        Merry Christmas to you & your family too. 🙂

  7. Love this, Wendy Mac. Right now, I’m committing them to God, but so often, I’m carrying them on my shoulder. Actually, I commit them way more than carry them. But I sure had my share of carrying this last year. And I think it trickled down to one sweet girl of mine. So now, she’s learning how to commit them to God, too. Love you, friend.

    1. Shelli, that’s wonderful when a godly example yields fruit in our offspring. xo Thank you for this encouraging news. I’m continuously committing throughout the day. When worry knocks, I kneel in my thoughts. God is good. Love & hugs, dear friend.

  8. Hi Wendy,

    Beautiful post and love the nature shots. You are talented. From my family to yours, May you have a Blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year. HUGS

  9. Such lovely pics you posted!

    ~~ “Give yourself a gift this Christmas–give your burdens to Jesus because He is Emmanuel–God with us.” ~~

    Awesome gift to give yourself! When anybody asks what I want for a Christmas gift I always tell them I received my gift 2000 years ago; the gift of Jesus.

    1. Liz, I love your answer of having “received (your) gift 2000 years ago; the gift of Jesus.” Amen.
      And what a generous Gift He is. I’m amazed by His grace and by the fact He calls us “coheirs.” Wow–what a generous God we serve. xo

  10. Good morning miss WendyMac! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    While not completely immune, I am not a big worrier. Sometimes, as I ponder that, I wonder if I simply don’t love as deeply as others (say, my wife) who do worry. Maybe they worry because they love and care more than I do. ??

    What I do know is that worry and anxiety carry a very high price tag, and they pay nothing at all. It is theft. They take and take, but give nothing in return. Worry is like an unsatisfied cancer. It eats and destroys. We are consumed by it.

    Lord, free us from worry. Teach us afresh to trust in you, to Commit rather than Carry, as sister Wendy has exhorted us.

    1. Amen to your prayer, Damon. 🙂 Yes, worry is a thief. When worry calls, we should consider it a call to prayer. I love it when the enemy’s darts are used for good. Fear is an opportunity for our faith to get a workout.
      Christmas blessings to you and your family.

  11. Wendy, you are blessing. Your writing reveals truth amid your experiences. The only way to teach is vulnerability. Not always a happy place, but a necessary one. You do it beautifully, dear one. Merry Christmas! <3

          1. Yes. She is a wonderful teacher. She not only addresses the physical issues but the spiritual. I’m adding her to some of my recommending reading. Let me know what you think! We can discuss over a cuppa! 😙

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