If you struggle with fear and worry, this word from Lauren Daigle could make all the difference.
She’s known for her song “You Say” that reminds us of the life-giving things God says about us. In a recent Q&A she got very practical about how her faith makes all the difference in moments of extreme anxiety.
We have most of it written out for you to read below, but if you have a moment, you should watch her share it on this video post. Her genuine care and soothing way of speaking might be exactly what you need to put on repeat in a moment of anxious thoughts.
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“[Anxiety] happens a lot, actually. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘I’m an anxious person’ – until anxiety comes. There are times where I’m like, ‘What is happening? This isn’t me!’ But someone told me a long time ago that ‘perfect love casts out all fear.’ Well, I know someone who loves me beyond my wildest dreams. He has a love that’s so rich for me, he’s actually looking out for yesterday, today, and tomorrow and he can see the things I don’t see.
Even now as an adult when more anxiety is added to my life – I had never been anxious. I didn’t really know about that. But the older I’m getting, the more I’m starting to learn what that is and how that’s coming up in my life. Because of that, I have to say, ‘Ok, God, I want to know what you see for tomorrow. Can you come and give me that peace so that I can rest tonight. Can you show me? I might have fear here, but if I really believe in that perfect love and what you have for me, I’m gonna push fear aside and say that’s a lie! It’s trying to get in my head and my heart, but it’s not going to work. When I start to push that aside and say, ‘Ok God, come and show me what perfect love looks like right here in this moment.’
The other night I was on the bus and I don’t know what happened, but I just started busting out crying. This is not my behavior – it doesn’t happen often.
But I was thinking about how this is a season of learning. As I started crying, I realized, it was anxiety. I was getting anxious because we’re about to come off the road and into a different pace of life. It’s a different change every time we come off the road. I get anxious about that and I don’t like it. I’m like let’s just stay in one season of life and just run and enjoy it!
But guess what? God saw through every single day on the other side. His love was always available. He was always looking out for me in places that I couldn’t see. That’s what I focus on. ‘Ok God, your love is better than me trying to control tomorrow or work it out. Your love is better and will have my back better than I have my own.’ That’s what gets me through.”