Good Advice by Larry Perry
Philippians 4:6 English Standard Version (ESV) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Anxiety happens on so many levels we might even be aware of it. Some stress out more than others. There are signs and for the most part it is not something we connect with anxiety.
You systolic blood pressure will be elevated by anxiety. We do not walk around with a sphygmomanometer all day. There are reasons they use them every 4 hours while we are in the hospital, one of them is checking your stress level. For those of us with hypertension to begin with an increase in our systolic reading might be alarming enough to make it even worse.
Be anxious for nothing is the last thing on our minds at this time but it is our best advice.
Signs of anxiety can be more than an increase in our systolic readings. Our speech will often reflect anxiety. We will be more critical, and our tongues will tell others we are anxious, if they know to look for it. Do we voice our disapproval of the driving habits of others? Sure but is it on the increase. Are the slightest “violations” cause enough to raise our voices another octave?
How much time do we spend complaining about things that are not within our control?
These are just a few of the signs of anxiety. I am not a medical expert. There is much for me to learn about this subject. I do know the bible and His good advice is meant to help us in every way, not just in spiritual matters. He cares about all our aspects.
Now, can I take His advice and apply it to my thoughts?