DAY 1

Anxiety Is Here

CALL TO ACTION

Here is your call to action today:

  • Share: below one thing you need to ask God today.
  • Then Pray.
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179 thoughts on “Anxiety Is Here

  1. Brent Voight says:

    While the world has certainly slowed down, I still have way more I would like to do than any human ever could do with my days. I need to loosen my hopes and dreams so that my disappointment in not achieving steps toward them does not impact my relationship with wife and kids

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Prayer for motivation and healing of sore muscles. Fight Club is tough, but I need to clean up the temple of the Holy Spirit that lives in me.

  3. Jason Davidson says:

    I ask God for peace as Melissa’s family situation continues to bring high levels of stress to the whole family.

  4. brucenolen says:

    List whatever you are worried about. Then scratch out the word worry and replace with word pray and pray about it. If you develop this habit, soon, you’ll be experiencing more peace about worrisome things and inner rest and peace.

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  5. Dale Nerison says:

    I have been stressed and anxious about time – not having enough time in the day for work and all the things I need to do. Lord help me prioritize the days ahead off me.

  6. Dave Wall says:

    Lead me to share my faith – to more people, with more courage, with more compassion, with the Holy Spirit in full control.

  7. Robert says:

    I am praying the economy can open back up in a way that returns many/all to work while keeping the coronavirus from causing more health deveststion.

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  8. Jeremy Morris says:

    I need to ask God to soften my heart again and help me find that passion and hunger for a deeper relationship with Him. The kind of depth that allows His love to flow through me and enable me to spiritually train my family and impact my friends and community.

  9. Walter says:

    I pray that God would continue to guide my steps through the path of personal relationships at this time.

  10. Nathan Pearson says:

    Front line workers, please stay healthy and remember why you are where you are. Pray for them to remember.

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  11. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Prayer for motivation and healing of sore muscles. Fight Club is tough, but I need to clean up the temple of the Holy Spirit that lives in me.

  12. David Ross says:

    I need to ask God to help me to not run ahead of Him or lag behind Him, but to wait upon Him for His perfect timing. Along with that, I need to ask God to help me to spend more quiet time with Him to hear His voice.

  13. Grant says:

    I’m so glad you guys have decided to do this with me. I really want to encourage you to use this message board and to do the call to action parts of this challenge. Taking action is where the real impact of what God has for you in taking part in this 7 day commitment.
    I really need to continue asking God to fix my heart and mind with my impatience towards some of the people I work with. Some times I let it consume me and build so much frustration and I need to strengthen my reflexes on handing it over to God and not holding on to it waiting for the justice I think needs to happen in those situations. Specifically dealing with all the new standards because of Covid 19.

  14. Brandon W says:

    While life is certainly a bit odd right now- I find myself more anxious about how life will look in a few months- what will be the new “normal”? .This devo is a great reminder… God will make a future that benefits his plan and our purpose.

  15. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    I am doing pretty well on the anxiety part with the pandemic, but that is mostly because it hasn’t greatly impacted me (yet). I will pray today that God will prepare me for whatever challenges are yet to come so that my response is appropriate.

  16. Jon Brady says:

    I need strength as I unload rocks from my truck. I also need relief of pain from my arthritis. Please God help me endure.

  17. Stephen says:

    I pray for peace and calmness, not for myself, surprisingly, I am doing quite well…but for another person in my life…take away her anger, resentment, and worry.

  18. Matt R says:

    I pray that God will help me to pull out the little weeds in my marriage before they have a chance to grow and take root. I pray that God will help me do this in such a way that will edify my wife, be a good example to my children, and represent His Kingdom well.

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  19. Garrett Vest says:

    God,
    I pray that you give me the strength and sense of mind to handle the path you will place before me when our place of business opens fully. Let Christ be my focus as I put my faith in you to guide me into our new normal. Amen

  20. Todd Mehrkens says:

    Cory -yes, thanks for putting this together! It might go without saying, but I wanted to share my assumption that our conversations are all confidential to this group. Areas where I’m praying, but also struggling to not be anxious are for Linda (Anderson), including and especially her family. Also a cousin of Dianne’s, in her 60’s, who has been recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer. As I’m heading into my 60’s this has also all caused some self-reflection. Also I’m regularly praying for (and worrying about) our kids to make good choices, and that they grow closer to Jesus and join in His Kingdom work. Reggie – listening/reading what’s in the media can easily cause anxiety/frustration (and more) – I tend to avoid it altogether, including not praying for all the dynamics at play there – thanks for the prompt.

  21. Steve Luk says:

    A while back, a pastor shared how to use the Lord’s prayer as our go-to prayer when feeling anxious. It contains everything I need to help me through a situation: Acknowledges God’s sovereignty over everything (Our Father, who is in Heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, YOUR WILL be done – on Earth as it is in Heavean). It lets me know that I have everything I need (Give us this day our daily bread). Also, tells me how I should treat my fellow man as God loves and forgives me (forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us). I also have victory over the sin as Jesus has already overcome the cross and overcome Satan (Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one). Two years ago, I was at a cycling event in Toronto involving thousands of people covering a 25 km route. My friend gave me his car keys to hold. Somewhere in the middle of the event/city I lost his keys. We circled back and did not find them. So this was the prayer I prayed in that moment of anxiety. We put out the word with the organizers and within hours – we got a call back that someone had found the keys and gave them to the right people connected to the event! How awesome is that?
    God doesn’t always answer my prayers like that. Other times it’s eating humble pie. The point is that I have to be open to accept God’s answer and understand why he has answered me in the way that he has.

  22. Scott says:

    God, give me strength to maintain discipline and use my time to the fullest extent. Help me do everything as if working for You, not for man.

  23. Jon Rhoades says:

    God please give me reassurance that work will be ok with the physical pain I’m in. Also being away for 2 weeks.

  24. Troy Long says:

    The one thing I am anxious about today is have to work share and furlough my employees, I feel helpless and horrible without a means to fix it!

  25. Dave says:

    Lord,

    Please keep me free from worry over the long-term health of my employment. I know you are in control and I seek your guidance.

  26. David says:

    Praying that God will deliver me from a season of depression during this time of isolation and anxiety.

  27. Wade Newman says:

    Lord, give me peace in my heart so I can stay positive in the midst of all the bad news and sad stories.

  28. Bob says:

    God, I ask you for your direction in showing me your path for my life, that I may serve the Kingdom and give you all the glory. Amen

  29. Mark Roehl says:

    Hey Guys – Are there other CP Hutch guys doing this study?
    Today, I pray for me and other guys that are concerned and bothered by the Covid 19 pandemic and the effect it is having on families. I pray that we remember to be faithful and trusting of God during these unsettling times.

  30. Rob says:

    I pray Jesus will forgive me for my ungrateful and angry attitudes that seem to be growing through this. I desire and need a new heart, one only He can give. I want to be His light in all this darkness

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  31. David Steinquist says:

    Discernment. I need to hear God’s voice clearly, not my twisted version of what i think He is saying. In marriage, work, relationships, everything.

  32. Ian Robert says:

    I am asking God to help the current situation so that those who have ambitions like studying in America will be able to do so

  33. Vincent Eible says:

    I need to ask God today to help keep my mind focused on how I may help during this season. I am just scared to get out there and help because I am a high risk person.

  34. Brady Ellis says:

    I’ve never been one to think about anxiety and how it affects me, but I’ have been listening to the group about how it sort of bombs on you. Having a son that has anxiety has made me desire more education on the subject too and the coping mechanisms used.
    Turning over my fears and stresses to God has been so comforting. Knowing He has a bigger plan for me as long as I get “Me” out of the way. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the plans I have for you… plans for hope and a future!”
    During this covid time, let’s choose to take advantage of some of the extra time available to really lean into God, relax into His arms of protection and know that He is God and His plan is good!

  35. Tony Oleson says:

    Father, I need your presence. I have asked for peace in this war on anxiety that I fight, but peace only comes by presence, and presence by being in your Word. So as I lean into that, please surround me and keep me.

  36. Andrew says:

    Ask God for patience as work from home and juggle work/life balance with kids and wife.
    Ask God for strength and endurance for each day as I strive to be the best husband, father and neighbour I can be.

  37. Samuel says:

    Dear Lord
    Guise me to do the wisdom, strength & desire in my heart to repair and make my marriage as it should be in your eyes.

  38. Joe Hereford says:

    God you know the needs of our Church and i’m asking that you will open a door of opportunity to have the needs met. Thank you for loving us and being our God and Savior.

  39. Coach says:

    Today is the day that The Lord hath made ….. Please help me better understand my thoughts and reactions to the people I love and the relationships that I have with them…calm any storms and quiet the waters that I tread daily with them.

  40. Dave Benson says:

    I know recently I’ve chosen to fix and fret rather than pray and when I do I can’t expect any help from God in the situation. Help me Lord to turn to you right away and not after I’ve made a mess out of it!

  41. Darin Palmer says:

    God to continue to protect my family and guide those family members that are really struggling with this isolation right now. Calm there minds!

  42. Ruben Garcia says:

    As one who suffers from panic attacks when anxiety hits I need to turn this over to God immediately and not fret. That is my prayer request.

  43. Cory Bullock says:

    My request is that I remember to seek the Holy Spirit each day for guidance along with Gods council and comfort for when I worry and stress about things beyond my control that I allow to steal my joy.

    • Brady Ellis says:

      Cory,
      Thank you for putting this group together and working so hard to make sure we all still interact and not let this Covid Epidemic take us over completely.
      Spending more time in the presence of God and his beauty of nature lately has helped me realize how Big He Is ! How much he lives us just by His gift of nature and sunrises! I know it corny but He’s bigger than this virus, He’s bigger than our egos and He’s big enough to show us grace and mercy when we don’t think we even deserve it. WOW! How awesome s it is to serve Him!
      Love you bud!

  44. Wayne says:

    that my focus would be on my Lord Jesus Christ, the creator and sustainer, (Colossians 1:15-17.) the alpha and omega. May His peace just permeate every thought process of today and everyday.

  45. Justin says:

    God today, I’m asking for you to continue covering my family, friends and loved ones. Keep them out of hurt, harm and danger and remind them that you are with them always. God I thank you for your bountiful blessings that you keep providing in my life, and I can’t help but praise your Holy name when I think of what my life could look like if I didn’t have you in it. Thank you Jesus!

  46. Davin says:

    I need to trust God in the areas of my life that I cannot control. To give those over to him and trust that He sovereign even in the midst of what feels like chaos.

    • Jonathan Robertson says:

      I need God’s grade in my attitude towards my marriage and the current environment. My thoughts become negative so quickly. Help me to focus on Your blessings.

      • Brady Ellis says:

        Jonathan,
        I’m right there with you bud! My controlling nature has always been to fix everything and “everything will be fine” but this isn’t the case with this epidemic. God is showing us it’s time to lean into Him, believe in Him , trust in Him.
        I need Grace like Carter needed liver pills so I feel your pain! I’ve had to take a few moments alone, and recoup.. then go back and apologize more times than I want to tell you, but God is full of Grace, He knows your true heart. Trust In Him, lean into Him and take a deep breath! And know that He’s got this!

    • Brady Ellis says:

      Davin,
      I’ve always been the guy has control of everything and lately God has shown me that it ain’t about me. It got harder and harder until I had to break for Him. You’re right, we can’t control this beast of a covid-epedinic. We lean into each other when times get tough and we be honest and open and learn new ways to communicate with each other. Cultivating Both long term relationships and new ones. I’m so glad to have met you! I’ve learned so much from you already about how to interact with My son and his struggles. God’s plan so so beautiful if we can slow down enough to listen and enjoy the beauty of it.. maybe.. maybe just maybe… this Covid epidemic was part of His plan to give us time to slow down a little and know more about each other and lean into His grace.
      Thank you for joining this group!

  47. Duncan Forsyth says:

    As a chief engineer in a volunteer fire company, I often have to fix things above my level of expertise. I have to go work on an engine this morning, and I get frustrated at things I don’t understand. God does give me wonderful insight all the time but His timing doesn’t match mine.

  48. Tom Berg says:

    God, for those of us who are more natural introverts, please help us to step out and initiate in this time when it is easier than ever to stay secluded.

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  49. Tim Young says:

    I tend not to worry, fret, or be anxious. My problem is that it is too easy for me to set my worries aside instead of using the worry as a catalyst for prayer. When I pray, I need to fast and pray, because when I fast, I remember to pray.

  50. Colt says:

    Lord, give me peace and faith to enjoy your blessings today rather than focusing on the worry that comes from all of the financial obligations in the future (raising 4 children in private school- one going to college and one needing a vehicle).

    I know You will provide what we *need*. You always have and always will. Amen.

  51. David Fredrickson says:

    I am personally so glad to be introduced ethos ministry, thank you Cory! Hey guys, if you haven’t yet listed to the video shared in Saturday’s email from Vince Miller titled “The man who stepped into my life” I strongly encourage you to do so.

  52. Brian Kelley says:

    For unity and integrity of our leaders in making difficult decisions. As a leader, for wisdom and empathy in providing a safe work environment for my employees as they come back to work today.

  53. Tim H says:

    I need to strengthen my discipline and commitment to truly trust that Jesus knows best and that he has my back in any and every situation no matter what!!!

  54. George says:

    That I use this time constructively and seize the opportunity to strengthen my family and our relationships.

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  55. Jerry Freeman says:

    God help me with remaining calm during tough decisions at work. To help keep my head and my heart clear when making decisions

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  56. John Harding says:

    I pray that our fellowship will be able to return soon to in person gatherings, and that through this time that many will remember that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear. That every man who has joined this challenge will be blessed and encouraged throughout this week.

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    • Tony Oleson says:

      Father it is your good pleasure to give us all things. Turn financially struggling hearts to you, because you supply all our needs in the riches of Christ. Bless your faithful, reward your beloved, cause the stubborn money lovers to repent and find new wealth in Jesus alone. Heal hurts, still frightened minds, and unite your church to be salt and light like never before.

  57. Joe says:

    God I need guidance and wisdom on how to handle this life with an ex wife that is so bitter to me and keeps my kids from me. God I know you hear me and see this. Please help me to make the right decisions.

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    • Tony Oleson says:

      Father, please go before Joe in every interaction with his Ex-wife. Give him your peace, your patience, and your perfect love that drives out ANY fear of what she may or may not do. But most of all may Joe’s love for his children be fierce, tender, and steadfast.

  58. Michael says:

    Pray for all the students at home doing there best with virtual learning as well as the parents helping those students with virtual learning as well as all the teachers setting up the daily virtual learning for the students and that they all will find a balance between the learning and having some fun rather than it being frustrating. Also for the students that have a poor home life that adds to the frustration and anxieties.

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  59. Dean Wendler says:

    I am ready for the “stay at home” to be over. I need to be able to live one day at a time and know that God is in total control of the entire world.

  60. David C says:

    Thank you God that I’m not anxious and for giving us Your new mercies each day.

    Help me to submit to You, and take the way of escape when tempted by the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life ~ every man’s battles…
    — 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

    “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  61. Michael says:

    I need to ask God not to be anxious about trying to get everything done today; I need to pray to him and put him as the priority and I can have peace

    • Jesse says:

      I pray for God to help me grow thru this period of my life to once again live abundantly in greatness and prosperly.

      • Brady Ellis says:

        Jesse,
        You’re already an inspiration to me! You chose to grab ahold of life and not it let you knock you down. I can only imagine how tough it is to be i. Your situation, but God knows all suffering and He knows your heart’s desires. He will reward you for your hard work today! Keep up the good work bud!

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    • Brady Ellis says:

      Michael,
      Peace is such a subjective word for all of us. It’s a moving target with what seems to be no end in sight at times, but we serve an All-powerful God don’t we?
      I saw a picture of the sunrise this morning (I slept late… lol be jealous) … but it showed God’s amazing gift of beauty and peace and tranquility. Sometimes I take a few minutes to just go WOW and soss ASS j some of His artwork, His hand on His canvas and beautiful He really is. Lean into Him and know His plan is to prosper us, to watch us grow like little infants… His love is for Us

    • Tony Oleson says:

      Lord, let the wisdom that cries out in the marketplace be John’s, let discernment give him decisions, but most of all, let love rule any thoughts or actions to come.

    • Tony Oleson says:

      I feel that! Lord help us not to grumble, but instead to thank you that we are “working the earth”. Help us to see not just the financial or personal reward, but the impact that can have for You.

  62. Scott Sollars says:

    I need to ask God to help me me give Him my burdens of daily life, instead of me trying to carry them on my own!

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  63. Matt Troyer says:

    Always be greatful for what God has and is doing in the good and the bad. He is always in control. Focus on him, not myself.

    • John E says:

      Praise the Lord, especially in loving us. Lord help/guide me in taking the next steps or completing what you have opened to me. Guide me as your servant to do as you have said.

  64. Donny Lill says:

    Dear Lord…please grant me strength and peace to take on the new challenge beginning today. May I be disciplined and focused on the changes that need to take place in order for me to succeed.

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  65. Vince Howard says:

    I fear I’m losing focus for the things God needs me to accomplish at work. The COVID crisis has me hunkered down, maintaining the status quo instead of pushing forward. I pray for God’s wisdom and direction.

  66. Tom says:

    The courage and strength to press through this unprecedented time and others that are sure to follow. Jesus alone is our hope!

  67. John says:

    First day back to work after 6 weeks and THAT FACT is what is causing anxiety. See, I often find it hard to be around others, so enjoyed the time off.

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    • Michael says:

      Pray for all the students at home doing there best with virtual learning as well as the parents helping those students with virtual learning as well as all the teachers setting up the daily virtual learning for the students and that they all will find a balance between the learning and having some fun rather than it being frustrating. Also for the students that have a poor home life that adds to the frustration and anxieties.

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    • Alex says:

      Praying for:
      Those infected to be healed, losses to be mourned and comforted, wisdom for our leaders, a better normal to emerge after this crisis, loved ones to reunite and the virus to be uplifted in Jesus’ name

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  68. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    My thing to Ask Jesus for today is the sense and spirit of His peace, love and joy. I can easily get tangled up in the biased reportings we are surrounded by.

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