- the health of my son and husband
- our finances
- if I will ever go back to teaching
- if my husband will ever get a promotion or a job that pays him what he’s worth
- when we will be able to move out of my parents’ basements
- when there isn’t a plan for the day in place
- getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight
- this year’s presidential election
- why so many different sects and denominations of Christianity hate each other
The list could go on and on. I don’t worry about all of these every moment of every day, but they are always in the back of my mind.
However, I am often taught by Christ to trust in Him and to put faith in His plan for me. I mention on my blog often about when anxiety overcomes me: here, here, here, and here. But, in the end, I always recognize the comfort that the Holy Ghost gives me, the familiar feeling of being hugged by my Heavenly Father telling me it will be all right.
So, I encourage you to read those posts and think about your own experiences with anxiety and worry. Then, I want you to read the following scriptures and quotes from church leaders. (Also, read Psalms. There is such beauty in Psalms, and so many promises of a loving, protecting Savior.) Finally, I want you to kneel down in earnest prayer. Lay all your trouble on our Savior. That is one of the reasons He died for us. He has been there and always will be here. He knows. He understands. He will lift you up and help you through it. I promise you that.
Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Elder David A Bednar: But can we hush the fears that so easily and frequently beset us in our contemporary world? The answer to this question is an unequivocal yes. Three basic principles are central to receiving this blessing in our lives: (1) look to Christ, (2) build upon the foundation of Christ, and (3) press forward with faith in Christ.
Elder Jeffrey R Holland: (Seriously just read this whole talk, especially if you are suffering physically or mentally) Whatever your struggle, my brothers and sisters—mental or emotional or physical or otherwise—do not vote against the preciousness of life by ending it! Trust in God. Hold on in His love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are “like a broken vessel,” as the Psalmist says,10 we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter. Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.
Psalm 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.