So that said, is it any wonder we tend to be nervous and anxious creatures? I often find myself becoming nervous about something as simple as whether there’s enough seasoning on the chicken so my husband will like it; or something as large as if my children will be kept safe while driving from one location to another. Of course one level of nervousness/anxiousness is much more intense than the other but nonetheless it ripples through my body and consumes at least part of my consciousness. I can physically recognize the chemical reaction
in the muscles at the back of my neck, my fingers tend to fist up, my breathing becomes shallow and rapid, my brain is obsessed…..this all over seasoning??? Seriously, who does that……..well, all of us!
So many times, as multitasking women, we find ourselves anxious or nervous about multiple things. What we fail to recognize is the more room we give to these “conscience consumers” the less room we have for God’s word and for the Holy Spirit’s presence. We get a crowded conscience that, over time, can become a destructive habit. It becomes easier to be consumed with worry and anxiety than to be accountable to the Word and mindful of the Holy Spirit.
If you struggle with this or perhaps don’t even realize how much this may be consuming your conscience, you’re not alone. As an analogy, it’s comparable to the chickweed that is ever present in your lawn or garden. You can pull it & the next day, it seems to have crept back in, heartier than ever! You can spray chickweed but it just migrates and springs up in another location. What I find with chickweed is that I must be diligent it pulling it; killing it is simply impossible (well maybe not but I have killed a very large part of a lovely lawn trying to kill it!). Likewise, nervousness, anxiety, & worry will always be a part of you. We must be diligent in recognizing nervousness, worry and anxiety and be quick to pull it from our conscience to give room for the right kind of consumption.
There are so many verses in the Bible about nervousness and anxiousness; Matt 6: 25-34: 1 Peter 5: 6-8 are a couple of the most recognizable ones. My personal favorite, however, is a bit more of a sleeper,
Listen, I don’t know about you but I have enough weight in my life! I purpose each morning and each time I catch myself being anxious, worried or nervous to recall this verse. These simple 14 words bring peace and helps me stay grounded by the right anchor in times that I need it most. As you may read this, I challenge you to purpose to put nervousness, worry, and anxiety in its place, at His feet. And then let your consciousness be consumed with the Word and the Holy Spirit. As my dear friend Lucy says, peace out and may joy fill every crevice of your life!