Turn To God When You Are Anxious

Turn To God When You Are Anxious

Although I have struggled with my faith before, I am so much happier with God in my life.
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There are so many things that we are all anxious about, whether that be about a sporting event, an exam, a friendship, or an upcoming interview. Recently, there have been so many different events going on in my life that have caused me a lot of stress.

There are some people who see being stressed as another reason to turn away from God. However, I am not one of those people. I used to think that I could do everything by myself, but I soon realized this wasn't the case at all. I needed God.

I know that some people don't believe in everything happens for a reason, but I think that it does. God already knows what is going to happen in a few days or in 50 years. It gives me so much comfort knowing I have God watching over me. He only wants the absolute best for me because he loves me so much.

At the end of the day, someone is going to be disappointed with something we did. It's no wonder that we are constantly anxious about things. It's so easy to care about what other people are going to think about you or what will happen if you end up doing badly on an exam. The truth is that we are all human, and we are going to fail.

Yes, I said it. We are all going to fail, and it's going to keep on happening. We can't rely on each other to always be happy. We have to rely on God, who wants to give us all of his love. Honestly, God is so amazing if you think about it.

When Jesus died on the cross for us, he was suffering so much. He died for all of our sins that we have made in the past and the sins that we will make in the future. And yes, being anxious is actually a sin.

When you turn to God during times when you are anxious, you won't regret it. I have been starting to do this before big interviews or before important exams. Not only do I go into these with more confidence, but I go into it knowing that I will be loved no matter what.

In Psalm 94:19 it says "When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me." I think that this is something that takes some time to fully understand and believe in. Although I have struggled with my faith before, I am so much happier with God in my life. Whenever I do feel anxious, I know that I can turn to God, who will relieve all of my anxieties.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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I Needed To Leave the Church to Be Called Back to It

"I was raised Catholic, so I'm an atheist now" -John Mulaney

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, "Well, I was raised Catholic, so I'm an atheist now," I could probably pay off my student loans. If I had a dollar for every time I said it I wouldn't be eating PB&J; for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I was raised Catholic and like many other millenial Catholics, once I left for college I also left my religion. Catholicism became so synonymous to me with hatred, bigotry, and homophobia that I couldn't take it anymore. The love I held in my heart for people of all types of lifestyles was larger than my love for God.

As the world quickly changes, the Christian church has been slow to change with it. We use the bible to justify our politics. We use the scripture to judge others. We falsely believe that having a relationship with God makes us an expert on how others should look, feel, and act.

I have always had a relationship with God but not always with the Church. But the problem wasn't the Church, but the people that were within it. Never once during mass did I ever hear a homily or scripture about judging people for who they love or the color of their skin. We have always been taught the opposite.

I began to avoid God because I wanted to avoid my parents and their friends who spouted racist and homophobic thoughts out of ignorance. It was easier for me to remove myself than to try to argue with them about judging others. I stopped going to church and discussing my feelings with them because I would only be told I was wrong.

I couldn't continue calling myself a Catholic because I had begun to believe that being Catholic meant that we had to reject people who weren't like us. AKA white, straight people.

The farther away I moved from my hometown the closer I got with God and being Catholic. I was able to find different resources and hear different voices about what it means to be Christian. I learned that above all else, God tells us to love and respect our neighbors. We are born perfect because God created humanity in his own image.

I had always felt this in my heart but I was alienated by ignorance and politics that truly weren't in line with God's word.

I had to mend my relationship with Him before I could try to mend my relationships with everyone else. I still struggle with dealing with conflicts caused by differences in my beliefs with other Catholics. I hope by reading this, these people will understand why it was easier for me to shut down rather than explaining how I felt.

Many Millenials have left the church for the same reasons I did, but our passion to make our world a better place couldn't be more in line with God's word. Jesus broke bread with lepers and sex workers, so why can't us Catholics learn to love people who live differently than us?

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