Calm My Anxious Heart: How God Enabled Me to Trust: Guest Post by Julie Loos

October 26, 2017

Do you have an anxious heart or trouble being still? Today I want you to meet, Julie Loos, a friend of mine who blogs over at Unmasking the Mess. She brings us a fresh perspective as she shares what it is like to be still in the midst of anxiety. She is my hero when she states her disorder has been a blessing. We all can take away some useful tips from her wise words. Thank you, Julie.


Calm my Anxious Heart: How God Enabled me to Trust

Guest post by Julie Loos

Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.

(Psalm 46:10, NLT)

When I decided to write for this series, I was a little nervous. I mean, I could write something, but what could I say? The word “still” and I just don’t go together.

Being still is one of the hardest things for me to do. When you have an anxiety disorder, your mind is always going. The hamster in the wheel, yep, that’s my brain. Asking an anxious person to be still is an oxymoron.

I’ve tried numerous times, whether it be walking, sitting or lying in my bed to be still. I try to empty my thoughts and see if God will say something to me. It feels like minutes or hours of trying not to think when in reality it’s a minute and a half.

Why I Couldn’t Be Still

My whole life has been doing, striving and giving my brain workouts until six years ago. I found myself almost bed-ridden from years of stress. My balance was out of whack, so driving was out of the question. For someone who was always on the go, it was a significant awakening!

Anxiety became a new way of life. At that time, I was frustrated and hopeless, but as I look back, it was the way God urged me to find stillness.

Stillness in the form of two ways:
~To be physically still.
~And to trust in His ways and plans.

Previous to this, I had ideas and dreams, and I was beginning to live them out. However, it was an uphill battle trying to go on the path I wanted. Things were so hard because, in retrospect, I was going in the wrong direction. God needed to send a struggle to get my attention.

Letting Go

How about you, are you struggling with something right now? Do you feel frustrated as you battle this day in and day out?

I beg you to look differently at your struggle. Might God be teaching you something vital as you fight against it?

The Greek word for still is “rapa” which means to cease and let go. The idea is to stop your fighting and instead trust things will work out.

Be still and know that I am God.

Here’s what I’ve missed, I thought I was to cease all my activity, but in reality, I needed to stop trying to figure everything out by myself. To be still is to trust my Heavenly Father, know He has my life in His hands, and to allow Him to lead me.

Trusting God

Why was I anxious, because I thought everything depended on me. I held all control, but really, God was the one always in the driver’s seat.

Isn’t this what struggles do? They cause us to realize we were never in control. The daily battles, the health battles, the parenting or marriage battles, all show us we need to be dependent on God. We don’t have to struggle alone, but rather trust that He is with us.

Only in trusting in God during these hard times can we get to know Him.

4 Ways to Get to Know God BetterDo you have an anxious heart or trouble being still? Today I want you to meet, Julie Loos, a friend of mine who blogs over at Unmasking the Mess. She brings us a fresh perspective as she shares what it is like to be still in the midst of anxiety. She is my hero when she states her disorder has been a blessing. We all can take away some useful tips from her wise words. Thank you, Julie.

1. Spend time in His word.
2. Through prayer.
3. Ask Him to know Him deeper.
4. Be still, stop your struggling and trust God’s help.

The key to being still and getting to know God better is to stop striving and doing life in our strength, but instead, find the time to spend with Him and trust in His leading on life’s journey.

Being still is less about not moving in a supine position, but rather realizing your purpose in life. Our mission is to know God better and do His will. We will never fulfill those assignments when we’re busy and struggle on our own.

My anxiety has been a huge blessing because it caused me to become more dependent on God. When I have anxious days, I am ultra-focused on needing to fill myself with Him more than anything else on earth.

I have found I can be still even in the midst of anxiety!

 

 


 

Please meet my friend –

Julie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes. You can find her blog at www.unmaskingthemess.com.

A few other places to find Julie are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 


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29 Comments

  1. Reply

    sheryltn

    “God needed to send a struggle to get my attention.” I can so relate to this statement! It really has been a season of stripping away the unnecessary in my life and a time of focusing and trusting Him.

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      Maree Dee

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I too can relate to God needing to get my attention and doing it through a struggle. It sounds like God is doing some great work with you. Sorry for the season of struggle. Maree

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    Lori Schumaker of Seaching for Moments

    So, so , soooo good, Julie! Love seeing two of my favorite bloggy friends in the same place! Learning to be still is so difficult. I definitely struggle with it!

    Thanks so much for being a part of #MomentsofHope♥

    Lori

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Lori, Ahh – thank you for your kind words. It was great to have Julie as our guest on Embracing the Unexpected. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Maree

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    Sarah Geringer

    “To cease and let go”- so simple, yet so hard to do. Julie, I feel like I know you better through this post. The book “Calm My Anxious Heart” really helped me conquer my tendency to worry. Thank you for sharing your story here at Maree’s blog.

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah, I just got done reading your post on “But God.” I loved it. Julie did write a fantastic post here on my site. “Calm my Anxious Heart” is one of my favorite books. I believe the author wrote another one after that one. I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend. Maree

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    bluecottonmemory

    Julie – this really speaks to my heart! I had to let go of “obsessive” thinking – meaning I thought a lot (about solutions to problems). Obsessive thinking doesn’t mean you don’t think well – it just means you brain goes like that gerbil on the wheel you talk about! I had to train myself to stop thinking obsessively. Like you, I had to learn to still my brain. One way I did that was by praying or reading scripture when my brain started running like that gerbil wheel. Thank you for sharing your experience!!! Good job!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your own experience. I would think praying and reading would help a ton. Blessings, Maree

  5. Reply

    Loved by the King of kings

    Great post! Yeah, that trying to figure it out on our own is so stressful! If only we could consistently remember to surrender problems to Him, recognizing that He has the solution, the wisdom, and the power to handle it. And, we will be doing ourselves and those around us a favor if we stop bashing our proverbial heads against the proverbial walls trying to do the impossible, that is, figuring it out on our own when the answer continues to elude us.

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      Maree Dee

      What great words of wisdom. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the conversation. Maree

  6. Reply

    debbieputman

    I love this verse because it reminds me to let God work, to give my anxiety and fear to Him. When I do, He guards my heart and mind with His peace.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Debbie – Yes, I agree we need to give it all to God. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment. Hoping you have an awesome Monday. Maree

  7. Reply

    Aileen Stewart

    Being still and knowing he is God can be difficult, but I work on it every day :0) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Aileen,
      It is difficult to be still, yet so rewarding. I am right there with you. Maree

  8. Reply

    Sarah Koontz (@sarahekoontz)

    I enjoyed reading this. Especially —> The key to being still and getting to know God better is to stop striving and doing life in our strength, but instead, find the time to spend with Him and trust in His leading on life’s journey. AMEN!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Sarah, I loved Julie’s words too. She nailed it. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

  9. Reply

    Howtobecomeeasily

    Indeed God is capable of keeping us calm without any anxiety at all.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Thank you for stopping by. Maree

  10. Reply

    Liz Giertz

    I love how you embraced God’s lesson for you in the midst of the mess of anxiety, Julie! Great post! Thanks for sharing her powerful words here in your lovely space, MareeDee. Blessings to you both!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Liz, Blessings to you too. I hope you have a great weekend. Maree

  11. Reply

    susanhomeschooling

    My whole life I’ve been doing and striving, too. Little did I know that I could live from a place of rest, yielding to the Spirit and not trying to control everything.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      It is a pretty amazing revelation, isn’t it? Now if only we didn’t make it complicated. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

  12. Reply

    Brenda

    Julie! Yay! So fun to see two sweet friends in one place today. Thank you for sharing this testament to stillness, Julie. Being still is hard for me too, so thank you for the perspective of anxiety being a blessing that causes us to rely more on Him. xoxo

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Brenda, You are so sweet. It is fun to have Julie here today. Maree

  13. Reply

    Melissa

    I love this, “My anxiety has been a huge blessing because it caused me to become more dependent on God.” It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, too, but I view my anxiety as an internal warning bell to dig in deeper to God and to rely on His path. Love the post!

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      Maree Dee

      Melissa, Thank you for stopping by and sharing. “I like what you said about it being an internal warning bell to dig in deeper to God.” I am going to be looking for those warning bells in my own life. Maree

  14. Reply

    Unmasking the Mess

    Maree- thank you for the opportunity to share at your site! I enjoy coming to your site because so much of life is unexpected and my default is to try and change it instead of embrace it.
    Hugs, friend!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Julie, What a sweet comment to wake up to. I am so glad you are our guest today on Embracing the Unexpected. I too love reading what you write over at Unmasking the Mess. It has been a messy week around here this week, and I know I need to do a little unmasking of my mess. Have a wonderful day! Thank you for being our guest. Blessings, Maree

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