A National Director’s mother passes away, a key board member is diagnosed with cancer, a nation is emotionally deluged by torrential rains – “every situation.”

How is it possible to not be anxious?

Turn every situation into a prayer.

The minute your brain and heart teeter on overload, turn the thoughts, the emotions, the responses into prayers. That’s how I even deal with temptation. Prayer is the prime way to “take every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5). Worry is defused by prayer. Stress is deflated by petitioning God. Anxiety is deflected into a “plegaria” – a plea to God for help.

Let’s be honest though – the real challenge is “with thanksgiving”. I get that I can take my anxiety to the Cross, but to be thankful for the pain? Perhaps the thanksgiving is more about having Emmanuel God by our side than it is about gratitude for the circumstance. Some have said that difficulties press us into Christ. So it is with these situations – they prod our psyche, reminding us that there is a God in Heaven and a Counsellor in our hearts who loves us, listens to us and leans in with us, walking with us through the valley of the shadow of anxiety!

“I cast all my cares upon You. I lay all of my burdens, down at Your feet. And anytime, I don’t know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon You!”