Becoming a mom was something I always wanted. Actually, I thought it’s what I was supposed to do. The general idea growing up was you go to college, meet someone, get married, and have a baby.
Cue the happily ever after music.
Living with anxiety was not part of that Cinderella plan. I never imagined myself fighting racing thoughts, a clenched stomach, rapid heartbeat, and the feeling that nothing will be okay.
I get overwhelmed when my children are irritable, argumentative, and emotional. I find myself holding my breath and losing patience at different times of the day, as if I’m bracing myself for the worst thing to happen.
I’ve dealt with anxiety since childhood but never fully understood what it’s been doing to me until the last few years. I know I’m not alone in this struggle, but so many women are afraid to share their situations for fear of being judged.
If we stay silent about our situations we will never become free to see how Jesus nailed anxiety to the cross along with all of our other troubles.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~John 14:27
He offers us something the world cannot give, and the more we stay in close communication with Him the more likely we are to combat anxiety with scripture, deep breaths, and the reminder that things will be okay.
Mamas, when you feel the anxiety creeping into to your thoughts, your heart, your very soul pull out this prayer to help you come into God’s presence.
A Prayer for the Mom Battling Anxiety
Sometimes my anxiety is so overwhelming.
I feel like there will never be an end to the nervousness in my heart.
My mind races as I think of how many things can go wrong.
Instead of looking to you first I often come to you last.
Please, help me immediately bring my worries to you.
I want to live on your gracious strength, not the kind I try to muster.
Heighten my awareness of you in every situation, let me feel your presence.
Thank you for offering peace that is beyond our world, a true peace that gives life.
In Jesus’ Name,