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John 14:27

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

1 John 4:18

18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

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WBSGbio_BettyToday, Betty Rock from The Wally Show opens up about anxiety and how God is ripping it out at the root and replacing it with truth.

Isn’t it funny how we tend to be able to trust God with the big things, like our salvation, but when it comes to the small, minute situations in life, that tends to be harder to let go of?

When I was twenty-five I had started full time at WAY-FM. I was excited because radio had been my dream and now I couldn’t wait to see how God was going to use me in a mighty way. Not too long after that, I was knocked for a loop when my heart started palpitating. If you’ve ever experienced a heart palpitation, you know what I’m talking about. It’s scary stuff.

It feels like a skipped heart beat that takes your breath away. That was my situation. I had no idea what was going on and, since I had no control, my anxiety started to kick in and make the situation much worse than it really was.

After a visit to the emergency room a couple days later, I was told I needed to lay off the chocolate and coffee because my body wasn’t able to handle all the caffeine in my system and the stress it was creating. It was overloaded.

I’d like to tell you that after my doctor visit, I wasn’t scared anymore. I’d like to say that I moved on with my life and never looked back. That was not the case though. That situation opened a huge door that Satan was able to come barreling through. Satan had gotten a hold of me and filled me with fear of the “what if’s” when it came to my health and future. That fear, anxiety, and stress would feed on a distrust in God.

I would question my doctor’s opinion. I would wonder if she missed something. It was a never-ending battle of fear feeding fear.

That fear of course brought on more health problems. After many stress-filled nights and prayers to God, I started to see where I had a choice to make. I could either choose Christ and let Him bring about something good from this situation or I could wallow in self-pity and fear, trying to take control of a situation I never had control of to begin with.

I chose to start listening to what Christ was trying to teach me.

Just like He promises in Romans 8:28, He was wanting to take a bad situation and turn it into something good. I found out that:

By choosing fear, I wasn’t able to live the life full of peace and joy God intended for me and He was ready for me to get moving on it.

Honestly, I’m blown away that God cared enough to show me what areas I needed to work on in my life to make it how He intended. I have to be honest with you though; despite it all,

I have to daily make that decision to choose Christ over my fear.

I still haven’t gotten this lesson down pat.

There are times where a certain part of my future will start to worry me because I can’t figure out the end. I start to wonder if I can really trust God to handle it all.

Giving up control is something I’m continually having to lay down at the feet of Jesus. On those not so good days I have to remember the promises of God. The truth is, by submitting my life to His will, He’ll take this burden I can’t bear and lay it on His own shoulders. Only then will I be able to experience the peace and joy He’s promised all along in John 14:27.

The truth is, everything good in my life is a complete blessing from God that I do not deserve. I have the best parents a girl could ask for, friends that are like a second family to me, health that keeps me capable of doing the work of Christ, and a loving Savior that I’ve done nothing to earn the affection of.

With evidence like this, why should I question His love?

Sadly I still do. But on days like that, I’m thankful for His mercies that are new every morning. I know He’ll always accept me in love despite my skepticism and be willing to take on my burden and replace it with His easy and light one.

By realizing what great love He has for me, I’m able to realize what 1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out fear.”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

The Answer to Fear – Suffering, especially when it is acute or prolonged, can make us susceptible to fear. The answer to such fear is to remind ourselves of who we are in Christ: dearly loved children of God. When we are sure of who we are and to whom we belong, we can rest in “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Phil 4:7).

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SavedbyGrace83
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Thank you for this Betty Rock! Much needed 💛

Jennifer Springer
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This is what I needed. after a bout of cancer 11 years ago. I have trouble with fear ever since and my dad died this Mat and that has fed my fears. I have aniexty and have thoughts of death alot. I am going to do what you have a chose to trust God daily. Thanks for sharing

Batje
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Hello Jennifer Springer. I will pray for you. I have the exact same problem. After losing my son to cancer 5 years ago I also struggle with anxiety and fear. A verse that I recite when I am struggling with this is ” For we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1 v7. God bless you.

Lois
Member
Thanks for sharing! Learning you are not in control is such a huge step. It’s tough to really give up everything to God’s will. When I have been anxious, it is always because I am afraid God will not resolve the situation the way I want it resolved. He may not provide the job I want, or the healing I want, or answer my prayers the way I want them answered. (See how I am still trying to be in control?) Trust God with everything and let Him resolve situations however He wants. Be willing to accept whatever path He… Read more »
John
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Thank you, Betty! Great insight–this really ministered to me. I’m passing it on to my daughter as well.

Asher
Member

Betty, it’s so true that we have to choose Christ over our fear every day! It’s just like how we can choose joy and to be our best self in every situation. I find praying first thing in the morning really helps, because we’re taking a step to align our heart and perspective with God’s for a fresh day. We’re acknowledging that He is trustworthy and in control of everything. Thank you for sharing!

melissa10614875
Member

I love this reading! Very encouraging! I suffer anxiety on a daily level…because of PTSD and Generalized anxiety disorder, Social Anxiety disorder, social phobia, and major depressive disorders….thank you for the encouragment and the love of Christ shared with us this morning. I am truly blessed for this new ministry. thank you for teaching me so far in the last twenty-four hours the meaning of God’s love. God’s real love for us and for me.

gmeister
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Melissa,
I just wanted to reach out to you and tell you that you are not alone. My diagnosis is the same as yours EXACTLY. I am fighting the fear of “never feeling any better” so much right now. Sending you a hug across the internet. ; )
In Him,
Gretchen

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Melissa, we are praying for you!

Victoraosorio
Member

I too struggle with social anxiety disorder. I’d like to share a verse that means s lot to me. Isa. 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” God bless all who suffer but keep trusting in the Solid Rock!

Amy
Guest

Well written Betty Rock! Thank you for sharing! I can totally relate. You are right – it’s such a choice and s fight to choose Christ over fear every day!
You Rock!

Denise.ml
Member

Thanks Betty. I will be sharing your story and insight with my daughter . she is experiencing similar fear & anxiety while away at college. Your message is just what she needs to hear. God Bless!
Denise

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Denise, we will be praying for your daughter!

Judy
Guest

Betty I can so identify with this as I struggle almost daily with this myself and I am 66! For me, I have to take His hand daily like a little child and pray lead me on for I would really like to crawl under the covers again some days. Jesus is Love, Perfect Love so yes, Perfect Love does cast out all fear! Thank you for sharing your heart.

vsroberts41
Member

Thank you for sharing.

Milli
Member

Thank you Betty and everyone in this group. I’m beginning to realize that when I pray and pray out loud I’m able to hear myself and what God is hearing. It seems to give me more confidence in what I have asked of him. We must pray biblicly and believe we receive according to his will.

tpugh
Member

Betty, this was one of the best posts so far for the wbsg. This will hit home for most if not all of us. The other posts are great in their own but not all of us have experienced the kind of suffering that the artists from the previous posts have, but, we can all relate to this and keep telling ourselves which side to choose. Love you Betty!

Carol
Member

WOW!
Thank you Betty for sharing such an intimate piece of yourself!!
There have been several days of postings which have spoken to my heart —yours by far reached the deepest.
Thank you again for your honesty.

Member

Beautiful story! I pray God comes into my fear today and my husband’s so we can live a life of Christ instead of fear.

Holdenmonty
Member

Thank you so much for sharing Betty. I too have anxiety and it’s crazy how quickly it gets out of control and hearing how you handle it is inspiring. But also very comforting to know that it’s a daily thing for you as well.

Valerie Ivy
Member

I really needed this

Nanakaty58
Member

Amen Betty

kellyfreestone
Member

I’ve already shared my anxiety story on one of the posts (can’t remember which), and I’m so proud of you for stepping out of it.
There are times when I don’t rest in His presence that I get overwhelemed. When things get busy, or hectic, or I feel too much stress…I have to STOOOOP! Be still and just be quiet. Things start to ease away.
LOVE our Savior!
Freedom in His name!
God bless you, sweetie.
Saying prayers for your future and your faith in Him. 🙂

Wkiser2127
Member

Thank you for sharing your story. I struggle almost everyday to just let God work in my life. I feel like I have to have it all figured out but I know with God by my side I don’t have to have it all figured out. Thank you reminding me to just live and let God!

kellyfreestone
Member

OH! I meant to say something about this…
“…God is ripping it out at the root and replacing it with truth.”
This is SO TRUE!!!!!
I have brought lies to Jesus and He’s replacing them with truth. I hear them over and over, but I look to Jesus for that truth, and it’s there every single time!
He’s so amazing and so much more than we deserve!

bonnieb
Member

Amen!! Love how God use a thorn to make you a Rose! Praying that my children have the same out come with there fears and anixeties. This as a mom is hard stuff to watch your kids go through the hurts and troubles. But I know they all need the Savior to save them not me so I will prayerfully wait. One of the hardest jobs of all as a mom.

DanelSmith99
Member

Good lesson Betty! I too wrestle with fear daily, having an undiagnosable throat problem that continually keeps me guessing…your story resonated with me. I too have to give Jesus this burden daily and sometimes I just don’t. Thanks for reminding me to do it again…today!!! Love you!

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Praying for you and this throat problem you are having! We are praying for some answers and solutions to come your way.

JennyChestnut
Member
Thank you so much for sharing. I liked your comment about having to “daily make that decision to choose Christ…”. In my struggle with addition and illegal behavior, it is not that I do not want to get high or shoplift anymore, it is that I choose daily to trust Jesus and follow His plan and will for my life. It is a daily decision and one that I will have to make each day (sometimes each moment)for the rest of my life, but I know that if I start to lose hope that God’s plans are even bigger and… Read more »
Bell2572
Member

And you have too many people that love you to head down that life of destruction. So proud of you for keeping this choice top priority!! You have persevered more than any one I know!! Love you!

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Praying for you Jenny as you address the addictions you are trying to work through.

Megan
Member

So glad I read this today. I struggle with this myself daily and am in the midst of health issues that have also caused great fear in me. Thank you for these words…I really needed them!!!!

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Megan, we are praying for you!

Mandlhannah
Member
Thanks for this Betty. I had struggled with anxiety in the past due to some unresolved medical issues. I was able to get past it, but in the last two weeks, the physical symptoms of anxiety have returned. I feel that my body isn’t listening to my mind as far as the truth. But I know who is in charge of me, and I know who is trying to be. Your devotional today gave me some more courage and hope. It gave me the strength to say that I’m not afraid even if my body is acting like it is.… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Leigh, we will be praying for you and praying that the God of peace overwhelms you with calm.

Glenda Sirmon
Guest

Thanks for sharing! I also struggle with this daily. Please keep me in your prayers.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Glenda, we will be praying for you! May the God of peace be your covering.

Anita Porter
Guest

God is so amazing and no matter how many times I have not trusted him to work a situation out he did it anyway despite my disbelief. I am surrendering all today because of your story, it so inspired me to see how open and honest you are with your walk. I am anticipating great things and the movement of God in my life, thank you. Have a blessed day, God bless you.

Missy P
Member

I have many fears.. my biggest one is being alone, However, I am reminded that the Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want..
Glory!

Kathy Koon
Guest

Truth, my sweet friend!! Love you!!

Shannaw
Member
Thank you Betty. I struggle with this too. I never used to struggle with anxiety but I got really sick seven years ago, almost died twice that year…2009. I ended up losing everything…first my health, then my job, then my husband who didn’t want to help me out, n then he took my place of living n my kids. I have to constantly remind myself with how much God loves me and who He says I am!! I have a new caring husband who helps me through them on most cases. I still struggle with my health but I know… Read more »
Teresa Drum
Member
Betty, that was so beautifully written. So many people deal with this “fear”. It can be and often is paralyzing. When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, I thought “this is it, my biggest fear has come true. I am going to leave my children to grow without me and my husband to try to find someone that loves him as much as I do. How are they ever going to make it”. Well, obviously God had a different plan and I am still here 9 yrs later. The fear almost crippled me but in the midst of it… Read more »
carto877
Member

Thank you for sharing. I feel like sometimes it is very hard to share what we are truly going through. That in itself is letting go of control This is a great reminder to trust in God. I sometimes go through periods of time when I go “God what is going on. Do you truly know where I am going.” Fear does come into factor but I don’t stay there long.

Susan
Member

Knowing faith & fear are not compatible doesn’t chase all fears away. It is a choice. thanks for sharing from the heart. You are encouraging!

MIA
Member

Thanks for sharing this Betty Rock! I seriously felt like it was speaking right to me! It is very encouraging.

Sara Epps
Member

I so needed thus today. We are buying a house due to close on Nov 1st. Waiting for the appraisal. Found out our cat has maybe a week to live. So we have to put him to sleep on Monday. So satan is trying make his way in. I am getting anxious and nervous. So I need to remember God has the little things. Thanks betty

Member

Love this!!! Fear is crippling….but perfect love releases us to be what God has intended us for!!!

daviska9
Member
Wow, this was something I have dealt with for all of my life. I’m not sure if any of you saw my post on the first day, after Wally wrote about dealing with the story of the blind man in the Bible where his Disciples asked who was at fault, ok lose translation. Anyway, when you are disabled, you live with so many fears. So much of the time it has to do with being accepted. Will be accepted at school. Will you be allowed to go to certain schools, as when I was very young. Will be able to… Read more »
Frank
Member

That was an awesome testimonial which spoke to me while do not suffer from anxiety I do worry a lot about things I find out later I did not need to worry about. God guided me through the process situation whatever and I think I should have trusted Him to start with. We all need work thank the good Lord that He helps us even when don’t seek His guidance and Love.

Mommyoftwo-83
Member
Wow Betty! Thank you so much for sharing your own personal story about suffering from anxiety. I suffer through anxiety along with depression. It is wonderful to know that all of us do not suffer alone even though we feel like we do. I most certainly do. But by reading your story, I feel like I have a connection with u on the issue of anxiety. Going through some of the similar stuff u do. I have trouble though, letting go of the control. I have prayed about it but then take it right back. I guess it’s a lil… Read more »
cameran_smith
Member

Needed this today.

Elizabethann
Member

Thank you much for this message. I have a coworker that has very bad anxiety. Even today I was telling her to just pray about it. Just talk one on one with God and I promise you he will answer. She asked me to say a silent prayer for her and so I did and then this afternoon I read you words. I tried to call her to tell her but didn’t get an answer. However I will let her read your words about anxiety on Monday. Thanks again…through you God answered prayers.

Kdizne
Member

Thank you Betty Rock for sharing your story.

I too live with General Anxiety Disorder.

And have to work extra hard to focus on God and what He has done for me and not the thing(s) that are causing me the worry and anxiety.

Tami L Hughes
Guest

Thank you for this. I too, struggle with anxiety and control issues. I’m grateful to know that I’m not alone; and that I can someday do better.

Bridgit
Guest

Wow what encouragement! Thank you!! I’ve had major anxiety for a good 20 years now and it wears on me. Thank you for the reminder of God’s love and promises <3

Stephanie H
Member

I have this tendency to take a small thing to the next level in under 6 seconds. I do not like depending on someone to fix “my problem.” Immediately, I go into fix it mode at 100 miles per hour. It’s like being lost and blowing through the stop sign and not stopping for directions. “I can do it on my own,” is my mantra. Letting Go id tough.

Big Country
Member

Thanks for sharing. Suffering whether it is through anxiety or some other ailment we might have is a constant battle that continually needs to go to the Lord in prayer or other methods through God!

gina
Member

Thank you Betty, fear is the hardest to overcome. We all struggle with fear in some form or another. I have had a fear of my health for many years, the doctors cannot figure out. I am tired of being afraid of what is going on with my body and just gave it to God. He knows what this is and I trust Him. I always say whatever your will is Lord, and your plan for me.

Unathi
Member

I wanted to let the members of this small group know, I’m praying for us. We all need help. We all need to learn to throw away pride and choose Jesus every time. He is faithful. 🙂

AmberRose
Member
Good job Betty I am not allowed caffeine and the only caffeine that I enjoyed daily was chocolate. I have a rapid heart beat that is heredity and caffeine and sweets can increase it – along with certain medications. I tend to have anxiety about my heart now especially if I don’t know if my chest discomfort is due to indigestion or anxiety. I work and go to school plus I have 3 children and one grandchild. I have two children still at home with one of them in college. I work 40 to 60 hours a week plus 90… Read more »
pjdm_55@hotmail.com
Member

I have really enjoyed all the daily reading. Thank you to all of you.

Lina
Member
As I’m reading today’s devotional, and I read what Betty goes through, I can identify my self with her issues. But honestly this is the first time I openly admitted! I live in denial! I always say I’m fine, but I do live with fear; and is weird because I say I thrust God, yet my physival body, muscles, heart say other wise. I was actually going through a crisis today! And again in denial I said to my self that I was fine. Since the world biggest small group begin a couple years back, I’ve always followed the group… Read more »
Member

Thank you for being so transparent. Fear does freeze us in many ways in our life. Although it can be a stumbling block, God shows us how to take that block and use it to build a bridge to get over your feet. I’m proud of you. Don’t get discouraged when fear returns; use it to be a bridge builder. God bless.

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