Turning From Anxiety To Thankfulness


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. — Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious? That's a pretty sharp command. And then Paul accentuates this command with the phrase — "about anything." Really? Is that even possible? To not be anxious about anything?

This means you can't be anxious about:

  • Media propaganda.
  • Family issues.
  • Government mandates.
  • Growing health concerns.
  • Hyperinflation.
  • Supply chain issues.
  • Or being with your family on Thanksgiving.

And this is what Paul means. That is the way we are supposed to live — anxiety-free. But, Paul does not leave us without a method for addressing the madness when anxiety arises in our life. Because we are not commanded to ignore our anxiety but to address it. And the way we address it is we let God annihilate it. And we do this by presenting our concerns to God. Because you see, God is anxious for our anxiety. He wants to hear about it, and he wants us to give them over to him and stop bearing the load of them ourselves because they distract us from things of eternal value.

So stop bearing the load of your anxiety and start giving it to God. And don't bother yourself with the concern that the world projects at you. Stop seeking natural solutions when you need supernatural intervention. Your efforts are futile. Call on God, who provides solutions that allow you to live thankfully and be anxious no more.

ASK THIS: What anxiety is preventing you from being thankful? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: Give it to God right now and then say thanks.

PRAY THIS: God, today I am anxious about ________________________.

PLAY THIS: The Afters - I Will Fear No More.


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24 thoughts on “Turning From Anxiety To Thankfulness

  1. SHELDON Bullard says:

    Thanks Carl remember just as race on the track , we are in a race in our Christian life so run that you may obtain your crown. Blessing my brother

  2. John Comstock says:

    I am anxious about my health issues—-my latest A1C reading is high, so I need prayer to control it. Also anxious about my workplace as we are in transition from one company to another. It has not been going well, but I am hoping the situation will be straightened out.

  3. Dennis says:

    I am praying that God speak into my marriage. As I sometimes struggle with my CPTSD and want to share with my wife what is bothering me in our relationship but, I have found that she takes it personal. I am learning that when I have these struggles, although they are not as frequent as in the past, I have to give it God.

  4. Ed says:

    Anxious About the utter uncertainty in this world. Lord I give this to you And praise you for being the one constant non-changing rock in my life

  5. Ryan says:

    This verse has been on my mind and on my heart so much these days. I am juggling multiples jobs, contemplating a career change, trying to be a better husband and father, and experiencing some neck issues that cause me to physically feel tension in body most of the day. Knowing I am not supposed to be anxious actually makes me feel worse because I know it shouldn’t be this way. Praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual relief! Giving it to God seems easier said than done, especially when the circumstances remain.

  6. rick says:

    anxious about my family..kids..Mom, Please God, take my anxieties away and thank you for my family that You placed together

  7. Gary says:

    Thanks, Vince for that Scripture (Phil 4:6) that I need to remember daily. As a business owner and a single-again older adult, there are tendencies to be anxious quite frequently. Experientially, when I really trust Him and ask Him for guidance and even specific answers, He provides every time, and sometimes in unexpected ways.

  8. Sheldon Bullard says:

    I am always filled with anxiety when i have to stand before a congregation to proclaim the word of God . forgetting that the spoken or preach word is God’s word and that His word will accomplish what He want to accomplish in the life of the hearers.

    • Carl says:

      Sheldon, Hello Cross Lake brother. I will be praying that God will give you peace in speaking His words to others.

  9. Bob Olsen says:

    I’m anxious about celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, because we often get into arguments about our different views about political issues.

  10. Gregg says:

    I’m thankful for the gift of all the years together with my wife that wasn’t supposed to be medically. But now I’m anxious about some issues with her new lung.

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