I no longer want to live in fear of the day. Why do I experience such anxiety in the morning, dreading my problems, hating myself, and burdened with guilt for feeling anxious, only to gain confidence later in the day?

Anxiety seems to control my life, dictating my actions and emotions.
God doesn’t miraculously take this anxiety away from me. Despite being a Christian for over 40 years, my natural state has only worsened with increasing responsibilities, expectations, liabilities, failures, and debts. He doesn’t automatically remove the emotions or solve the problems that trigger them.
However, He does provide me with a place to unload and leave them behind. As I’ve grown older, I’ve had to learn how to surrender them at His feet. In my younger years, I used to look down upon people who struggled with such fits, thinking I was a better Christian. But now, I’m undergoing a new learning experience that isn’t easy. Typically, I set my worries down only to pick them up again and again, sometimes 10 or 20 times, before finally being forced to let them go.
Every morning, I have to remind myself of this lesson, but at least I have a refuge to turn to and promises that, when I’m at my best (although I’m not always there), I truly believe in.

Psalm 55:22 (NIV):
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Notice: it is only when you “cast”/throw/release/delegate/yield/abandon your cares at his feet that you will not be shaken. Otherwise, we are all just scared little sheep, observing the hillside looking for all the wolves.

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

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