Faith and Christianity

One day can change your life

It’s frightening how one day, one moment, one event, can change your life completely.

I am not even sure where to start with this post, because my brain is just everywhere lately. But I have had a lot on my heart these past few days. I was home for a week for spring break, and that was a great week spent with my family, friends, and children (whom I babysit). While I was home, I did not really stick to my daily devotional, and bible reading just because I was so busy (or at least I thought I was). Towards the middle of the week I realized how anxious I was. I realized later on that it was because I was pulling away from God.

Olivia shared this photo with me over break, and it just reminded me how much stronger certain life experiences can make us.

I never really felt too anxious when I was growing up. My childhood was amazing. Anxiety snuck into my life after my dad passed away. Once I lost him, I was anxious about so much. Was I going to be able to afford college? Am I going to feel safe in my house without my dad there? Are my friends going to exclude me? These were all questions that started running through my mind and I could not stop them. It is crazy how one day can can change your entire life.

“Take a step back and inhale. You’re never given anything in this world that you can’t handle. Be strong, be flexible, remember who you are and who loves you”

Now that I am in college, my anxiety is caused mainly by classes, and wishing my dad was here to see me through college. I get overwhelmed when I realize I have a big test coming up, or a lot of projects or papers due. Or when something good or bad happens and I just want to call my dad up on the phone. I freeze in my tracks, and am reminded of the day he went to Heaven.

So…how have I overcome this anxiety? I never quit but instead I open my bible, I turn to my small group, or I listen to really awesome worship music. I am blessed with an amazing support system, and a loving God. That is enough to help me through anything life could throw my way.

The bible is one of my favorite places to go when I am feeling anxious because certain verses in the bible redirect my thoughts and my heart.

Here are a few bible verses that help me through anxiety:

  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” Phil 4:6

  • “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” Proverbs 3:5-6

  • Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4
  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

These verses really keep me going when I am feeling down.

I also really love my small group friends who I can turn to for reassurance, or prayer when I am feeling weird. I have never met a more supportive, loving group of girls in my whole life. Throughout my childhood I was bullied, and picked on a lot. Needless to say, these girls in my small group changed my life completely, and they are the answer to my prayers. I am convinced that the good Lord put these friends in my life for a reason.

“Your friends should motivate, and inspire you. Your circle should be well-rounded and supportive. Keep it tight. Quality over Quantity, Always”

I was given a prayer-book as a gift a few years back and I found a prayer that I want to share today. It is a short prayer for guidance by Thomas À Kempis. If we feel guidance by the Lord in our lives there will not be any room for anxiety to sneak in.

The prayer goes like this:

O Lord, You know what is best for me. Let this or that be done as you please. Give what You will, how much You will, and when You will” Amen 

Here is a random photo of me, relaxed in my favorite place on earth, Blue Ridge, Georgia. God has created such a beautiful world for us.

-Taylor Kate




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