Peace in Anxiety
A Kindred Story by Kelsi Dye
On June 30, 2018 I experienced something that every little girl dreams of. I married my Prince Charming. Now for those of you that don’t know me, I grew up in Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner born and raised! It’s all I had ever known. My husband is from Georgia, and after our honeymoon I moved Georgia. Two words: culture shock.
Anxiety slowly started to creep into my life. I had moved across the country, started a new job, left behind all my friends and family, and was taking on the roll of wife. I started to get overwhelmed with the little things. I felt like I didn’t fit in. I truly struggled.
I remember when I was planning my wedding I found comfort in worshipping to “Peace Be Still” by The Belonging Co featuring Lauren Daigle. After having a panic attack in September, I started to find comfort again and sought out this song. The lyrics truly took on a new meaning to me.
As children of God, we are going to get overwhelmed. God made us in his image, but we are sinful. We hurt. We cry. We worry. I want to assure you that your God hears you. He hears your cries, your hurts, and your worries. We should yearn to hang tight to him in our storms, for he will provide peace. This verse is something my husband quotes to me when I am struggling with anxiety and worry.
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7
I have had to truly learn to be patient and be still. I don’t always have the answers and that is okay. I want people to know that as Christians it is okay to struggle with anxiety and mental illness, but it is not okay to not be vocal about it and seek help. I learned that I have to be vulnerable and willing to let people in when I am hurting.
Remember, you don’t have to fear the storm just because you hear it’s roar. Be still. Be patient. Have peace.