I struggle with anxiety. Although it rears its ugly head in multiple facets of my life, my job as a real estate agent is the place it tends to show up the most. I am tasked with assisting my clients in one of the biggest emotional and financial decisions of their lives, buying or selling a home. Too often, I let the weight of that decision or anxiety over bumps on the road in the transaction fill my stomach with knots and my mind with worry.
Fortunately, however, God has not left me alone in this struggle. He has been patiently, persistently and graciously teaching me that he has a much better way of tackling, working through, and overcoming my concerns for my clients…and that better way is prayer! He is continually reminding me, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).
In response to this verse and the increasing awareness of my need to be in prayer more regularly, Karin and I have made prayer for our clients a part of our weekly office meetings. It has been such an encouraging and beautiful thing for us to watch Him take our muddled, anxious chaos and transform it into something clear, peaceful and straight. It has been thrilling to see seemingly impossible transaction dilemmas be overcome and to witness crushing disappointments in buying or selling pave the way for outcomes greater than our clients could have imagined.
I must admit I am slow learner and still frequently turn to my worry-infested problem solving mode when transaction troubles arise. But, I can see my tendency toward “prayer first” increasing as I continue to grow in this area. As is common when God is teaching me something, He is graciously bringing the topic to my attention over and over through various conversations, situations, and mediums. For example, after watching War Room, I was reminded how powerful prayer is and how important it is to do it. In listening to the book God’s Smuggler, I was encouraged by the way God answers prayers and is attentive to our needs, however great or small. In a few recent personal situations where I was powerless to do or say anything, I was reminded how, through prayer, the Spirit can accomplish anything. Most recently, in listening to the book Fervent (written for women), I have been learning strategies for passionate prayer. And, to serve as a daily reminder as I’m working at my computer where I find myself most prone to anxiety, I have posted the desktop image below to remind me to not be anxious about anything, but PRAY.
If you have time to read, watch, or listen to the above mentioned books or movie, I highly recommend them =-) And, as always, I would love to hear of what you are learning and gleaning from the things you are reading, hearing, or experiencing as well.
By Katie Miller
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